Bristol Type 47

A three-seat open cockpit version of the Bristol Tourer commercial aircraft developed from the Bristol Fighter.
Bristol Type 47 G-EART Instone The first Bristol 47 Tourer G-EART for Instone Airlines showing the two-passenger rear cockpit.
The 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 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 Coupé.
The next development was the Bristol 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.
The two-seat variant was also produced with either an open or enclosed passenger cockpit.
A three-seat seaplane variant was also produced.
When Bristol type numbers were allocated, the following type numbers were retrospectively allocated to the Bristol Tourer series:
Bristol 27 Coupé: conversion of Bristol Fighter H1460
Bristol 28 Tourer: three-seat with coupé passenger cockpit
Bristol 29 Tourer: two seat open passenger cockpit
Bristol 47 Tourer three-seat open passenger cockpit
Bristol 48 Tourer Seaplane: three-seat open passenger cockpit
* These aircraft are described separately on this website as well as further developments for Greece (Type 81) and Bulgaria (Type 88) which are also described separately.
The Type 47 was a three-seat variant, with two passengers seated side-by-side in the open rear cockpit.
In Britain, the first Type 47 (G-EART) was operated from Croydon on charter work by S Instone & Co Ltd. This aircraft 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 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.


  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

Numbers built

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



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