Bristol Britannia. Specifications. A photo.
Bristol Britannia. Specifications. A photo.

Bristol Britannia. Specifications. A photo.


Bristol Britannia - medium-range passenger airliner manufactured by the British company Aircraft «Bristol Aeroplane Company» to 1957 years.

Work on the creation of passenger turboprop Bristol Britannia aircraft began in late 40-ies of the last century, with the British aircraft manufacturers tried to create not only inexpensive, but also a very popular aircraft capable of performing air travel between most European countries.


Photo Bristol Britannia


The Bristol Britannia passenger aircraft made its first flight in 1952, however, for a number of reasons, including a technical one, the model did not satisfy the company's management, which is why the design of the airliner continued to be refined, as a result of which it was presented to the general public only in 1957. after which it entered mass production.

Depending on the modification, and British aircraft builders produced several dozens of variants of this aircraft, it can accommodate up to 139 passengers on board, which in turn allows some comparison of this aircraft with modern airliners. The maximum range of the Bristol Britannia flight is 7129 kilometers, while the cruising speed of the aircraft is set within 575 km / h, which also ensures the implementation of comfortable air travel, especially considering the design time of this aircraft, which has become a significant part of the history of world civil aviation .


Bristol Britannia photo


The power plant of the Bristol Britannia aircraft is represented by four Bristol Proteus 765 turboprop aircraft engines, capable of developing a total power of 17800 hp. Nevertheless, it was the aircraft engines used on the aircraft that were one of the vulnerabilities of the entire structure, in particular, their reliability was very mediocre, which is the reason for many aviation incidents involving this aircraft. In addition, given the large capacity being developed, the passenger airliner wasted a colossal amount of fuel on each flight, which made its actual operation unprofitable.


Aircraft Bristol Britannia


Among the models produced on the basis of Bristol Britannia modifications and versions. There are the following:

  • Bristol 175 Britannia Mk1 - Draft version of the prototype, designed for the transportation of passengers 48. The production run was not;
  • Bristol 175 Britannia Mk2 - A prototype designed to carry 36 people. Due to technical errors made during development, no aircraft of this version was not built;
  • Bristol 101 Britannia - 74-seater prototype, which is the first version of the aircraft, lifted into the air;
  • Bristol 102 Britannia - The first production version of the aircraft, designed to carry 74 passengers (depending on the configuration of interior). Built 15 planes, some of which was redesigned in other series;
  • Bristol 200 Britannia - Transport version of the aircraft. The production was launched;
  • Bristol 252 Britannia - Utility version, designed for use by charter airlines. Built 3 unit;
  • Bristol 253 Britannia - Utility version, reworked into a military option for the RAF. Modification designed to transport troops (up to 115 people), as well as for the equivalent amount of cargo transportation;
  • Bristol 301 Britannia - A prototype of a new series of passenger aircraft, passenger capacity increased;
  • Bristol 302 Britannia - Passenger version with a fuselage uvelchiennyo extent. The production model was not started;
  • Bristol 305 Britannia - Modification with increased maximum range of repetition, but with disabilities at the maximum take-off weight. It was built 5 planes, which were subsequently converted into other variants of the current model;
  • Bristol 307 Britannia - Modification created on the basis version 305, with a number of technical improvements and a modified interior layout;
  • Bristol 307F Britannia - Cargo version of the plane, created on the basis of modifications 305 with elements of the model improvements 307;
  • Bristol 308 Britannia - Passenger version of the aircraft, designed to carry 104 people at distances up to 5600 km .;
  • Bristol 308F Britannia - Analogue version 308, with a modified interior to transport goods;
  • Bristol 309 Britannia - Modification created on the basis version 305, with technical changes in terms of the power plant, wing geometry and dimensions of the fuselage;
  • Bristol 310 Britannia - Passenger version, with reinforced fuselage increased extent, allowing to place aboard 139 up passengers at a maximum distance of up to 7129 route kilometers;
  • Bristol 311 Britannia - Prototype, with improved cabin layout, designed to carry 60 people;
  • Bristol 312 Britannia - An improved version of the modification 310, with a number of minor technical changes;
  • Bristol 312F Britannia - Cargo version, created on the basis of updating 312;
  • Bristol 313 Britannia - A special version developed for the Israeli airline «El Al»;
  • Bristol 314 Britannia - Special design for the Canadian airline «Canadian Pacific Air Lines»;
  • Bristol 317 Britannia - A special version with a modified interior, designed to carry 124 people;
  • Bristol 318 Britannia - A special version for the Cuban airline «Cubana de Avicion». Built 4 aircraft;
  • Bristol 319 Britannia - Modification, created based on the version of 310 \ 311, especially for airlines «Ghana Airways»;
  • Bristol 320 Britannia - A modified version for export to the United States;
  • Bristol 324 Britannia - Modification of 1961 years 320 based version, and specially designed carrier «Canada Pacific Air Lines»;


Specifications Bristol Britannia.


  • Crew: 4 people (depending on version);
  • Passenger capacity: 139 people (depending on modification);
  • aircraft Length: 37,88 m (depending on version).
  • Wingspan: 43,36 m (depending on version).
  • Plane Height: 11,43 m (depending on version).
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 38500 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Payload: 28000 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 84000 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising speed: 575 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 639 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 7129 km. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight height: 7300 m .;
  • aircraft engine Type: Turboprop;
  • Powerplant: 4 × Bristol Proteus 765 (depending on version);
  • Power: 4 × 4450 hp (Depending on modification).


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