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Bristol Brigand TF Mk I

Torpedo - Bomber


Bristol Brigand TF Mk I

Bristol 164 Brigand TF Mk I - The Bristol Brigand was designed by a team led by C W Tinson to serve in the role of a replacement for the Beaufighter torpedo-bomber, to the requirements of Specification H.7/42. Four prototypes were ordered in April 1943, to use basically the same wings and tail unit as the Type 163 Bristol Buckingham, with a new fuselage carrying AI Mk VIII radar and four 20-mm cannon in the nose and one 0.303-in dorsal gun, with a torpedo slung beneath. Prototype first flown December 4, 1944, with 2,400 hp Centaurus VIII; production deliveries and RAF service post-war.

Brigand B Mk.I Specifications
Crew 3
Wing span 22.05 (72 ft 4 in)
Wing area 66.70 m² (718 ft²)
Length 14.14 m (46 ft 5 in)
Height 5.33 m (17 ft 6 in)
2 x PE Centaurus VIII 2,400 hp (1,800 kW)
Empty weight 11,611 kg (25,600 lb)
Maximum takeoff weight 17,706 kg (39,000 lb)
Maximum speed 579 km/h (360 mph)
Service ceiling, m 7,925 m (26,000 ft)
Range 3,220 km (2,000 mi)
Range with fuel tanks 4,510 km (2,800 mi)
4× 20 mm Hispano Mk.5  
Bomb load (external): 907 kg (2000 lb)

Photo Description
Drawing Bristol Brigand B Mk.I

Drawing Bristol Brigand B Mk.I

Brigand TF Mk.1

Brigand TF Mk.1


  • "Encyclopedia of military engineering" /Aerospace Publising/
  • "British warplanes of World War II" /under cor. Daniel March/