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Bristol Pullman

Bristol Types 26 and 33 Pullman

Manufacturer: Bristol Aeroplane Company
Designed by: Frank Barnwell
First flight: May 1920
Status: Prototype
Primary user: Royal Air Force
Number built: 1
Developed from: Bristol Braemar
Developed into: Bristol Tramp

The Bristol Pullman was a British prototype passenger aircraft developed from the Braemar triplane heavy bomber.

Design and development

The first Pullman was actually built as the third Braemar, and first flew early in May 1920. It was shown at the International Aero Show at Olympia in July of that year, where its great size and interior fittings were much admired. The Pullman was one of the earliest British aircraft to have a fully-enclosed crew cabin, and this feature was disliked by service pilots, who often carried fireman's axes with them to enable them to escape in an emergency.

Operational history

Ultimately the Pullman was not accepted for squadron use by the Royal Air Force, nor was it selected for use by any civil operator. The prototype was the sole example of the type constructed or configured.

Operators

United Kingdom

Royal Air Force

Specifications

General characteristics

Crew: 2
Capacity: 14
Length: 52 ft (15.88 m)
Wingspan: 81 ft 8 in (24.89 m)
Height: 20 ft (6.10 m)
Wing area: 1,905 ft (177 m)
Empty weight: 11,000 lb (5,000 kg)
Loaded weight: 17,750 lb (8,070 kg)
Powerplant: 4x Liberty L-12 inline engine, 400 hp (300 kW) each

Performance

Maximum speed: 135 mph (216 km/h)
Range: more than 1,000 mi ()
Service ceiling: 15,000 ft (4,500 m)

Related development

Bristol Types 24 and 25 Braemar
Bristol Types 37 and 44 Tramp

Barnes C.H. (1964). Bristol Aircraft Since 1910. Putnam & Company Ltd. ISBN 0-370-00015-3.

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