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The Bristol Glider and biplane type T

Whilst the Boxkite was being produced, George Challenger the Chief Engineer who had been instrumental in its success, also designed the two seat Bristol biplane glider. It had forward and aft elevators and paid for by Sir George White who presented it to the Bristol and West of England Aero Club. Challeger himself had planned it to powered but it was flown by a variety of individuals and suffered to the extent that it was scrapped in 1912.

The Bristol Type T was a logical development of the Boxkite, it was built as a single seater powered by a 70 hp Gnome engine. Unlike the Boxkite the pilot sat in an enclosed nacelle. The aircraft was flown by the French pilot Maurice Tabuteau in the Circuit de l'Europe, in June 1911. He was one of nine who completed the course but the marshals ruled him out of a place. Four more Type T's were built and raced in the Daily Mail 'Circuit of Britain' 1,000 miles. The Bristol team fared badly, one was left on the start line with a dead engine, two thers suffred engine problems at Hendon, one crashed at Spofforth and one damaged the under carriage at Melton Mowbray. The fourth was sold to Gerald Napier who was killed in it at Brooklands.

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The two-seat Bristol Glider

The two-seat Bristol Glider
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The Bristol biplane Type T

The Bristol biplane Type T
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Sir George White

Sir George White
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