The Bristol Beaufighter a multirole aircraft designed by the Bristol Aeroplane Company. The Bristol Beaufighter has a similar design as the Bristol Beaufort, but the former immediately proved its worth as a formidable weapon within the inventory of the RAF. As the war advanced, it went from being the best night-fighter to a capable rock-geared ground attack aircraft and torpedo bomber.

Bristol Aeroplane Company
United Kingdom
1940 to: 1946
2x Bristol Hercules XVII or Bristol Hercules XVIII
1,750 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
290 knots
537 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
90 knots
Travel range:
1,520 Nautical Miles
2,815 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
26,500 feet
Rate of Climb:
1600 feet / minute
8.13metre / second
Take Off Distance:
695 metre - 2,280.16 feet
Landing Distance:
700 metre - 2,296.56 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
11,521 Kg
25,399 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
2,000 Kg
4,409 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
819 gallon
3,100 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
2 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
12.6 metre - 41.34 feet
Tail height:
4.83 metre - 15.85 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.35 metre - 4.43 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
17.63 metre - 57.84 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets


In case you didn’t know yet, the Beaufighter Mk X was utilized as a torpedo bomber in WWII and was considered by the Japanese soldiers as Whispering Death because of its capability to creep up on enemy targets. About six thousand Bristol Beaufighters were constructed. However, today, their surviving members are very slim, along with six remaining across the globe. 

In early versions of the Bristol Beaufighter, the radar operator, apart from its regular duties, was in charge of the four 20-millimeter cannon with ammunition. Resupply could be challenging, particularly when an aircraft was maneuvering in pursuit of a target. Further, the ammunition drums weighed at least eighteen kilograms. 

Orders and Deliveries

The Bristol Beaufighter was created as a long-range heavy fighter, along with different parts in common with the Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber. By September 1945, a sum of 5,562 had been designed in a wide array of models and continued in front-line service into the 1950s.

Bristol Beaufighters was delivered in time for September 1940, even though most lacked their machine gun wing armament. However, the 4-cannon arrangement was enough to deal with any enemy bomber of the day and could function double-duty in the ground attack strafing role. 


The Bristol Beaufighter became one of the best aircraft designs emerging from the Bristol concern during the war, where it’s a field over every major front of the conflict. The first Bristol Beaufighter had twin Hercules III engines that each created 1,400hp.

Those gave the first Bristol Beaufighter a top speed of 309mph. Nonetheless, that wasn’t considered to be impressive when the Hurricane was faster—with a single-engine. The designers had hoped for a top speed of 335mph from the Bristol Beaufighter.

Thus, the original Bristol Beaufighter was not considered to be a fighter aircraft, but was seen as a useful night fighter. They’re fitted with the Bristol Beaufighter A1 Mk IV radar to permit the pilot to see even if they’re in the dark. 


The twin-engine of this heavy fighter featured a crew of two. It was initially outfitted with a great armament array of 4 X 20 mm Hispano cannons seen under the nose as well as a 6 X 7.7 mm machine guns installed in the wings. 

That armament was a strong installation than other fighters of the way. Further, the simplified fuselage carried the avionics, cockpit, and other mission-critical parts while being set between the radial piston engines.


  • Beaufighter Mk I
  • Beaufighter Mk II
  • Beaufighter Mk III
  • Beaufighter Mk IV
  • Beaufighter Mk V
  • Beaufighter Mk VI
  • Beaufighter Mk VII
  • Beaufighter Mk VIII
  • Beaufighter Mk IX
  • Beaufighter TF.Mk X
  • Beaufighter Mk XI
  • Beaufighter Mk XII
  • Beaufighter Mk 21
  • Beaufighter TF.Mk 10

By the end of the war, Bristol Beaufighter had seen action in the Far East, Mediterranean, and Europe. Different variations were made, and the aircraft obtained a decent reputation among those who flew it. 

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