• Bristol Scout D

Bristol Scout D


Designed by aviation pioneer Frank Barnwell, the Bristol Scout is a small , single seat aircraft that saw service during the early stages of the First World War.

NZ Warbirds at Ardmore is fortunate to have one of two, full-scale Bristol Scouts worldwide.  This particular machine was built in the USA by the late Herb Harkey in the 1990’s and was completed in 1997.   Although it is a replica, there are original period components such as the cockpit instruments and, of course, its authentic 80hp Le’Rhone rotary engine.

The Scout is currently painted with generic RFC markings however the significance of the tail registration number “5554” on the rudder is believed to represent a Scout D that was flown by WW1 Ace, Albert Ball VC, when he served with No. 34 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corp (RFC).  It is intended to “rebrand” the aircraft with a significant scheme that will give it a Kiwi connection.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Engine: Le' Rhone, 80hp 9-cylinder rotary piston engine
Length: 6.3m (20ft 8in)
Height: 2.59m (8ft 6in)
Wing Span: 7.5m (24ft 7in)
Maximum Speed: 90.5mph at 5000ft
Range: 2 1/2 hrs endurance
Service Ceiling: 15,500ft (4725m)
Armament: 0.303 Lewis Gun

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Top Speed: 116 Km/h, 72 MPH, 63 Knots


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