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Bristol Beaufort Mk. VIII
Bristol Beaufort Mk. VIII
Rank 3 Rank2
Type Light Bomber/Torpedo Bomber
Maximum Speed 437 km/h
On Height 1981 m
Maximum Altitude 5,029 m
Turn Time 39.6 seconds
Rate of Climb 6 m/s
Takeoff Run 414 m
Armament 2x 12.7mm Browning machine guns (Turret, 1200 rds)
2x 7.7mm Browning machine guns (Turret, 2300 rds)

4x 250 lbs bombs
2x 500 lbs bombs
1x Mark 12 760kg Torpedo

Burst Mass 0.00kg/s

The Bristol Beaufort Mk. VIII is a twin-engined torpedo-bomber that the Coast Guard actively used in the UK and Australia. It currently sits at Tier 3 in the British line. The upfront cost is 10,000 Lion.

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The Beaufort design process began in 1935, when the UK’s Air Ministry formulated the M.15/35 and G.24/35 specifications for the development of a torpedo bomber and a reconnaissance plane, respectively. While working on these aircraft designs, Bristol proposed one aircraft, manufactured in two different variants, for both of these specifications. The Air Ministry agreed, and in early 1936 a task force developed Specification 10/36, which would be met by the Beaufort. The Beaufort was based on the Blenheim light bomber, from which were borrowed the designs of the wing, tail unit, and landing gear. To increase the bomb bay’s size to carry a torpedo, the cockpit’s floor was raised. Nevertheless, the torpedo did not fully fit in the bomb bay and had to be partially suspended.

To speed up production, it was decided that the prototype phase should be skipped, and production began in August of 1936. Bristol was commissioned to produce 78 Beauforts, the first five of which were used as prototypes.

In 1940, production of the Beaufort began in Australia. But due to the fact that the Australian government was not confident in an uninterrupted supply of Taurus engines, it was decided that the Twin Wasp engine would be used instead. In addition, the Australians expanded the keel to increase stability.

The last Australian modification, the Beaufort Mk.VIII, used 1200 hp engines and had an ASV Mk.II radar. It also had additional wing-mounted fuel tanks.

This modification made up 520 of the 700 Beauforts built in Australia.



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