The Bristol 73 Taxiplane was an attractive three-seat biplane using the Bristol Lucifer engine. The pilot sat in an open front cockpit ahead of his passengers, who were accommodated side by side in a second open cockpit.
The passenger cockpit was provided with a hinged entry door on the port side together with a small baggage compartment with a separate access door. The upper and lower wings were identical to reduce the number of spares required.
The Lucifer engine was provided with a hinged mounting, to allow ready access to the rear of the engine, and its accessories, when required.
The first Taxiplane G-EBEW was flown for the first time on 13 February 1923. When tested at Martlesham Heath, certification was only approved for use as a two-seat machine, it being considered to be underpowered with three occupants.
In the light of this disappointing assessment, only three Taxiplanes were built. The design showed considerable promise, however, and the Company revised the design as a two-seat primary trainer (the Type 83, which is described separately).
|Powerplant||One 120 hp Bristol Lucifer engine|
|Span||31 ft 1 in|
|Maximum Weight||1.840 lb|
|Capacity||Pilot and two passengers|
|Maximum Speed||90 mph|
Three aircraft only, G-EBEW, G-EBEY and G-EBFY.
Nil. First two aircraft scrapped 1925, third aircraft used to supply spare parts for Type 83A.