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Bristol
Type 110A

The Bristol Type 110A was a four-seat commercial biplane that failed to enter production.
Bristol 110A G-AAFG frontal G-AAFG was the sole example of the Bristolr Type 110A commercial cabin biplane.
 
The Bristol Type 110 was initially designed as a three-passenger commercial cabin biplane using a five-cylinder Bristol Titan engine.
 
However, it soon transformed into the Type 110A, a larger, four-passenger development that could accept either the 220 hp Titan or the 315 hp Neptune engine to suit customer requirements. 
 
In the event, only the Type 110A was to be built and although two prototypes were laid down, only one (G-AAFG) was ever completed. It was a flat sided, all metal / fabric covered fuselage with an unbraced horizontal tail. The passenger cabin featured 3 windows on each side, one of which was included in the starboard side door.  The glazed cockpit was elevated, set ahead of the upper wing leading edge providing superior vision around the aircraft.
 
During its first flight on 25th October 1929, the prototype machine (G-AAFG) showed a promising performance with Cyril Unwins at the controls. It was fitted with a Titan engine for the flight despite having appeared as a mock-up at the Olympia Show earlier that year where it featured a Neptune engine.  At Olympia it had impressed visitors with its 'well-appointed cabin' although disappointingly the praise was not converted into orders.
 
The Type 110A was eventually flown with both engine types but it suffered damage in February 1930 following a landing on rough ground that resulted in undercarriage failure.
 
Bristol 110A G-AAFG side view This side view shows the clean lines of Bristol Type 110A G-AAFG.
 
Ultimately, it was recognised that the production cost from any sales would result in a nett loss and so the aircraft was financially unviable.
 
Furthermore, Bristol's manufacturing capacity was fully employed in the Bristol Bulldog production and consequently the Type 110A was abandoned.
 
The damaged aircraft (G-AAFG) was not repaired and subsequently scapped for parts whilts the second prototype was never assembled.

Specification

Powerplant One 315 hp Bristol Neptune seven-cylinder radial engine
Span 40 ft 6 in
Maximum Weight 4,360 lb
Capacity  Pilot and four passengers in an enclosed cabin
Maximum Speed 125 mph

Numbers built

One only, G-AAFG, not repaired after a landing accident in February 1930. Parts for the second prototype were manufactured, but not assembled.

Survivors

No examples survive.