Bristol Type 48
Tourer Seaplane

A three-seat seaplane version of the Bristol Type 47 Tourer of which two were built, but not sold.
Bristol 48 three seat seaplane side The first Bristol Type 48 Tourer Seaplane prior to its first flight in October 1920.
The Bristol Tourer series of aircraft were developments of the Bristol F.2b Fighter adapted or converted for civilian use following the end of the First World War. A standard but unarmed Bristol Fighter (H1460), ordered for communications duties, was fitted with a hinged cover over the rear passenger seat and became known as the Bristol Coupé.
The next development was the Bristol Tourer, an unarmed Bristol Fighter fitted with a Siddeley Puma engine. This was initially used as a company communications aircraft but a second machine was also sold to a private owner in the United States.
The type was subsequently produced in two and three seat configurations. The three-seat variants saw the passengers sat side-by-side in either open, or enclosed (coupé) cockpits.  Similarly, the two-seat variant was also produced with an open or an 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 elsewhere.
Further developments for Greece (Type 81) and Bulgaria (Type 88) are also described separately elsewhere.
The Type 48 was a three-seat seaplane version of the Type 47 landplane. Two aircraft of this type were built (construction numbers 5873 and 5874) both aircraft being flown unregistered. The first of these aircraft was flown for the first time on 15th October 1920.
The aircraft were built against orders promised by the Company’s New York agents although in the event they were cancelled following problems with import duties.
However, there were hopes of ultimate sales against an order from Siberia which resulted in both aircraft being completed as planned. Unfortunately, the Siberian order was also cancelled before the aircraft flew although there still remained the prospect of sales to Canada.
In the event, this order did not materialise and so both aircraft were ultimately scrapped, unsold and unregistered.
Bristol 48 three seat seaplane on water The uregistered first Bristol 48 Tourer Seaplane is readied for its first flight.


Powerplant 230 hp Siddeley Puma
Span 39 ft 5 in
Maximum Weight 3,000 lb
Capacity  Three seats
Maximum Speed 110 mph
Ceiling 17,000 ft


Two examples only, flown without registration markings.


Nil; aircraft were scrapped, unsold.

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