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Post war developments

In 1917 the company were already looking at replacements for the Bristol Fighter F.2B, at that time in full production at more than one site. Barnwell submitted a design but after various engine options fell through he declared that at least 300 hp was needed to meet specification. he opted for an available ABC Dragonfly air-cooled radial of some 320 hp but after building two machine it proved as unreliable as the Sunbeam Arab giving around a life span of 17 hours before breakingthe crankshaft.

The second machine was to have another new Fedden Butler design, the 400 hp Cosmos Jupiter engine. Six weeks later war ended and all production contracts were terminated. Experimental contracts continued and the second Badger flew with engine on 24th May 1919. The engine proved a winner but the aircraft had aerodynamic problems in lateral control. The company needed a wind tunnel and Barnwell constructed a machine to test out his theories and called it Badger Experimental, shortened to Badger X. This was the first Bristol aircraft to be entered onto the British Civil register as G-EABU.

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Type 23 Badger F3495 - Dragonfly engine

Type 23 Badger F3495 - Dragonfly engine
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Badger X with Frank Barnwell - Type 23X

Badger X with Frank Barnwell - Type 23X
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Badger II - Type 23A

Badger II - Type 23A
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