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Bristol all metal biplane

Bristol all metal biplane

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G1492. The type 13 Bristol all metal biplane was designated the first all metal aircraft. Stocks of Silver Spruce were declining and designers began to explore other ideas. Captain Barnwell turned to his shipyard experience and designed an airframe using duralumin sheets. Two prototypes were made, the first pictured here was fitted with a 140 hp Hispano-Suiza engine. The Air Board accepted the aircraft in October 1917. For its day the M.R.1 was a considerable technical achievement, its disposable load amounting to more than 40% of its all-up-weight. Moreover, it had been constructed almost entirely without using specialist tools and equipment, and the necessity of developing these for quantity production was perhaps the most valuable lesson learned.
PublisherBritish & Colonial Aeroplane Company Ltd
ContributorBristol Aero Collection
Creatorcorporatename - British & Colonial Aeroplane Company Ltd
Datecreation - Circa 1917
TypePhotographic prints - Black and White
Formatdimension.H - 190 mm
dimension.W - 235 mm
SourceBristol Aero Collection
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Filton
period - Circa 1917