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Nightfighter

Bristol Beaufighter Mk.VIF, 89th Squadron (Airfix)

TYPE: Long-range night fighter, Fighter bomber

ACCOMMODATION: Crew of two

POWER PLANT: Two Bristol Hercules VI, rated at 1,600 hp

PERFORMANCE: 320 mph at 10,000 ft

COMMENT: In the late 30’s the British Air Ministry placed an order to the Bristol Aeroplane Company to develop a long-range heavy fighter, parallel to the Westland Whirlwind cannon armed twin-engine fighter. The company proposed a design on the basis of the  earlier Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber.  First production models of the Beaufighter were night fighters, followed by fighter bombers and later as a torpedo bombers. This aircraft shown here is a night fighter variant Beaufighter Mk VIF, equipped with an A.I. Mk. IV radar.