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Bristol Beaufighter / DAP Beaufighter
Technical Information

Background
Twin engine fighter/bomber was fast, heavily armed and armored and was constructed from the tail of a Beaufort.

Wartime History
Many Beaufighters were exported to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).

In the Pacific, used for low level attacks. To the Japanese, the Beaufighter became known as "The Whispering Death" because of the speed at which one could suddenly strike and turn for home.

In Australian service, the A19 prefix was used for Bristol built Beaufighters. The A8 prefix was used for Beaufighter Mark 21 aircraft built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP). Used as a front line fighter until 1950.

Mark Ic: A19-1 to A19-72

Mark VIc: A19-73 to A19-136

Mark X: A19-149, A19-150, A19-153 to A19-155, A19-159, A19-162, A19-164 to A19-218

Mark XIc : A19-137 to A19-148, A19-151, A19-152, A19-156 to A19-158, A19-160, A19-161, A19-163

Mark 21 : A8-1 to A8-365

Production
A total of 5,918 were built.

Technical Details
Crew   Two (pilot and gunner)
Engine  2 x Bristol Hercules XVII fourteen-cylinder two-row sleeve-valve radial engines
Propeller  Three bladed propeller
Span  57' 10"
Length  41' 4"
Height  15' 10"
Maximum Speed  320 mph
Range 1,400 miles
Armament  (fuselage) 4 x 20mm cannons (wings) 6 x .303 machine guns
Bombload  18" torpedo or 8 x rockets
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