Bristol Type 47 G-EART Instone
The first Bristol 47 Tourer G-EART for Instone Airlines showing the two-passenger rear cockpit.
The Bristol Aeroplane Company Tourer series of civil utility aircraft were developments of the Bristol F.2b Fighter for civilian use following the end of the First World War.
A standard but unarmed Bristol F2b Fighter (H1460) was ordered for communications duties and was fitted with a hinged cover over the rear passenger seat. This became known as the Bristol Type 27 Coupé.
The next development was the Bristol Type 29 Tourer – an unarmed Bristol Fighter with a Siddeley Puma engine. It was initially used as a company communications aircraft whilst a second machine was sold to a private owner in the United States.
The type was subsequently produced in two and three seat configurations. In the three-seat variants, the passengers sat side-by-side in either open or enclosed (coupé) cockpits. A two-seat variant was also produced with either an open or enclosed passenger cockpit as well as a three-seat seaplane variant.
When Bristol type numbers were allocated, the following type numbers were retrospectively allocated to the Bristol Tourer series:
In addition, there were further developments for Greece (Bristol Type 81) and Bulgaria (Bristol Type 88).
In Britain, the first Bristol Type 47 (G-EART) was operated from Croydon Airport on charter work by S Instone & Co Ltd and was first registered in April 1920.
Bristol Type 47 Tourer unregistered side
One of the four Bristol Type 47 Tourers exported to the United States.
Four Bristol Type 47s were sold in North America, with one of these operating on skis with the Newfoundland Air Survey Company at Stag Bay, Labrador.
Three additional Type 47 Tourers were sold in Spain (registered M-AAAF, M-AFFF and M-AEAA / G-EAWR).
Bristol Type 47 M-AEAA 1st for Spain Filton
M-AEAA was the first of three Type 47 Tourers to be delivered to Spain in April 1921.


  Bristol Type 47 Tourer
Powerplant 230 hp Siddeley Puma
Span 39 ft 5 in
Maximum Weight 3,000 lb
Capacity  Three seat: Pilot plus two passengers sat side-by-side in open rear cockpit
Maximum Speed 117 mph


Number built

Eight aircraft: four exported to USA; three exported to Spain.




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