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Beaufort Mk1 & II

BEAUFORT I - Originally fitted with two Bristol Taurus II or VI fourteen cylinder two row radial sleeve valve engines driving de Havilland three blade hydromatic propellers. Later models fitted with Taurus XII or XVI engines. Armament originally consisted of one 0.303inch gun in the nose of the fuselage and one 0.303inch gun in a Daimler built dorsal turret. This was later augmented to include two nose guns, two guns in a Bristol power-operated dorsal turret, two side guns and, in some models, one backward firing gun in a blister under the nose of the fuselage with a periscopic sight and remote control.

BEAUFORT II - Two Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S3C4-G Twin Wasp engines driving Curtiss Electric constant-speed propellers. Otherwise it's the same specification as the Mk I

BEAUFORT III - Two Rolls-Royce Merlin engines in standard nacelles as used in the Beaufighter II and Lancaster I. An installation which did not proceed beyond the experimental stage.

The aircraft was also manufactured in Australia, over 700 being built before the type was superseded by the Beaufighter on the Australian production lines. The Australian Beaufort was to have been a carbon copy of the Mk I but owing to problems in sending material due to the war, Taurus engines could not be sent. It was decided to re-design and use the Australian built Pratt & Whitney R-1830-SC3-G Twin Wasp to become the Mk IA.

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Type 152 The Bristol Beaufort

Type 152 The Bristol Beaufort
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Type 152 a hero in the Far East

Type 152 a hero in the Far East
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Beaufort on the airfield at Filton

Beaufort on the airfield at Filton
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