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Bristol Bagshot

Type 95 Bagshot

National origin: United Kingdom
Manufacturer: Bristol Aeroplane Company
Designed by: Frank Barnwell
First flight: 15 July 1927
Number built: 1

The Bristol Bagshot, also known as the Type 95 was a heavily-armed British fighter prototype of the 1920s built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company.


The Air Ministry had issued Specification 4/24 in 1924 calling for a multi-seat twin-engined fighter capable of carrying two Coventry Ordnance Works 37 mm (1.46 in) cannon. To meet this requirement, Frank Barnwell designed the radical Bristol Bagshot, which was first flown on 15 July 1927. Powered by two Bristol Jupiter VI engines, the Bagshot had an unusual triangular-section steel-tube fabric-covered fuselage and a two-spar mounted wing with a steel primary structure. One 37 mm (1.46 in) cannon was carried in a nose turret and another mounted on a Scarff ring at the rear of the aircraft. The crew comprised two pilots and two gunners.

Operational history

During flight trials, it was discovered that aileron reversal resulting from the flexibility of the wing provided ineffective lateral control. As such the Air Ministry ordered a 'radical redesign' of the Bagshot, however this was never completed and the aircraft never was more than a prototype.


General characteristics

Crew: 4
Length: 44 ft 11 in (13.69 m)
Wingspan: 70 ft 0 in (21.34 m)
Height: 9 ft 6 in (2.89 m)
Wing area: 840 ft (78.04 m)
Empty weight: 5,100 lb (2,313 kg)
Gross weight: 8,195 lb (3,717 kg)
Powerplant: 2 x Bristol Jupiter VI radial engine, 450 hp (336 kW) each


Maximum speed: 125 mph (201 km/h)


2 x 37 mm (1.46 in) Coventry Ordnance Works cannon

Green, William; Gordon Swanborough. The Complete Book of Fighters. Godalming, UK: Salamander Books.

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