Bowyer, Chaz.


Ian Allan, 1st ed., 1985. 128 pp., numerous photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 24 x 18cm. Nr.FINE. The Bristol Fighter, born during the First World War, possessed good structural strength and a single-seat fighter’s combat manoeuvrability and performance, plus the bonus of a rear gun: these were assets which enabled it to take on any existing enemy fighter on near-equal terms. Not surprisingly the ‘Brisfit’ saw lengthy service throughout the world. This book studies the complete career of this classic biplane, exploding the myth that the early operations of No 48 Squadron were characterised by an overly defensive mentality, and points to the squadron’s successes while coming to terms with its new machines. The author surveys the aircraft’s service in Europe, the Middle East and India, describes the failure of the American production plans, and gives considerable coverage to the civil variants and many modifications to the standard specification. There are appendices of production, service and technical data, and over 150 illuminating and often rare photographs.

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