The Bristol Type 170 Freighter was a twin-engine aircraft manufactured by the British Bristol Aeroplane Company. It was designed as a freighter and an airliner and was well-known as an air ferry to transport cars and their passengers on fairly short ranges.

Bristol Aeroplane Company
United Kingdom
1945 to: 1958
2x Bristol Hercules 734
2,000 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
196 knots
363 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
715 Nautical Miles
1,324 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
23,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
1000 feet / minute
5.08metre / second
Take Off Distance:
760 metre - 2,493.41 feet
Landing Distance:
700 metre - 2,296.56 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
19,958 Kg
43,999 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
7,341 Kg
16,184 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
1,170 gallon
4,429 litre
Baggage Volume:
630 m3 / 22,248 ft3
Seats - Economy / General:
23 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
20.83 metre - 68.34 feet
Tail height:
6.6 metre - 21.65 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
2.9 metre - 9.51 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
32.92 metre - 108.00 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

The Bristol Type 170 Freighter was a high mounted-wing monoplane built particularly for the economic transport of freight by air. The Type 170 Freighter was a well-defined aircraft, designed with a box-shaped fuselage with an external length of 20.83 meters, a diameter of 2.9 meters, and a height of 6.6 meters. It also has a circular nose and a high-set flight deck.

So as to achieve the best economical performance, adjustments were made on the performance which resulted in a comparatively low cruising speed, which was not seen as an important factor in a freighter’s role and as well as not a vital diminishing element. The Freighter also featured two big clamshell doors to easily enter the main hold, and because of this layout, the unpressurized fuselage was a bit airy in flight.

The aircraft was proposed to be operated on low speeds and high-frequency short-distance routes. The high-mounted wing and fixed landing gear were thought to be unusual at that time and developed in higher drag compared to a low-mounted wing. The main gear legs were equipped with shock absorbers manufactured by Dowty Group and were strengthened by a configuration of reinforced vertical struts situated further down the engines and underneath the edge of the fuselage. The aircraft has a wheelbase of 14 meters, a wingspan of 32.92 meters, and a wing area of 138.1 square meters

The Bristol Fighter was powered by two Bristol Hercules 734 piston engines with a maximum thrust of 2,000 horsepower each. It was a 14-cylinder, two-row, supercharged, air-cooled radial engine with gear-driven sleeve valves, single-speed centrifugal-type supercharger, Claudel-Hobson carburetor, and a Farman epicyclic gearing. The aircraft was also equipped with four-bladed constant-speed fully-feathering metal propellers built by de Havilland.

The aircraft has a maximum speed of 196 knots at 3,000 feet and a travel range of 710 nautical miles with 5,400 kg of payload. It has a maximum takeoff weight of 19,958 kg.

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