Montage of aviation images. Follow this link to skip navigation.
Link to the aviation archive

Aviation Archive: Aviation Heritage

Link to home page
Link to canals section
Link to railways section
Link to aviation section
Link to learning zone
Link to about this site
Link to send feedback
Navigation ends

The Bristol Freighter/Wayfarer Type 170

Back in 1928 the Air Ministry placed an order with the Bristol factory for the design, construction and testing of a metal multi-spar wing. The design was first used on the Type 130, commonly known as the 'Bombay', which first flew in 1935. This proved to be a quite successful venture, despite a few shortcomings and whenever war work allowed, the factory team worked to develop its potential as a transport.

This development was further helped by the factories need to build a 'bread and butter' aircraft whilst vast amounts of money were being spent on the Brabazon project.

The Type number 170 was applied around this time, 1944, but applied to a Buckingham project, later abandoned. Civil specification 22/44 hardened into the Type 170 and became a twin engined high wing monoplane of a simple easy to maintain design. Fixed undercarriage was chosen to simplify and reduce cost, 'clam-shell' nose doors hinged vertically, a freight capacity of about 1,700 cu ft and two Perseus engines of 1,000 bhp each.
This is the introduction to The Bristol Freighter/Wayfarer Type 170.
View the complete story contents.

Bristol Freighter

Find out more about this image >

  Intro     1