The Bristol Aeroplane Company Type 166 Buckmaster was a an advanced unarmed twin engine trainer for three crew (instructor, student, wireless operator) to meet Specification T.13/43 developed directly from the Bristol Type 163 Buckingham.
In fact, the Bristol Type 166 Buckmaster made use of components from the Bristol Type 163 Buckingham aircraft already built and put into storage.
The Bristol Type 166 Buckmaster prototype (TJ714) was first flown on 27th October 1944. Two prototypes and 110 production aircraft were eventually built, being delivered between March 1945 and April 1946. Yet again however, most of them went directly to store. Some aircraft were used for the operational conversion of Bristol Type 164 Brigand crews, and on communications duties.
One of the two aircraft used for trials by the Bristol Aeroplane Company at Filton (RP164) was used for Bristol Type 167 Brabazon de-icing system development trials although it was eventually scrapped at RAF Halton in 1958.
|Powerplant||Two 2,400 hp Centaurus VII|
|Span||71 ft 10 in|
|Maximum Weight||33,700 lb|
|Capacity and armament||Three crew (Instructor, student, wireless operator). No armament fitted|
|Maximum Speed||352 mph|
Total: 112, comprising two prototypes and 110 production aircraft, many delivered direct to store.