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Bristol Type 92
Laboratory Biplane

An experimental biplane used to investigate the drag and cooling issues of radial engines.
Type 92 Laboratory Biplane side rear The incomplete Bristol Type 92 Laboratory Biplane in September 1925.
 
The Bristol Type 92 was known as the 'Laboratory Biplane' and was a two-seat two-bay biplane designed to be flown with either a three foot or five foot diameter circular-section fuselage for the purpose of investigating the drag and cooling issues of air-cooled radial engines. These problems were largely resolved by the widespread adoption of the Townend Ring (or NACA cowling).
 
The aircraft featured a large wing gap of nine feet to minimise wing – fuselage interference, the position of the lower wing also resulting in a wide track undercarriage. The concept dated from 1923 but the sole aircraft to be built did not make its first flight until 13th November 1925.
 
Trials at Filton continued for two years, mostly with the smaller diameter fuselage. No photos have been found of the completed aircraft in its flight configuration. The larger fuselage fairing was briefly fitted, but flying ceased following damage caused by a heavy landing.
 
Bristol Type 92 Laboratory Biplane front The Bristol Laboratory Biplane with 3 ft diameter fuselage awaiting its Jupiter VI engine.
 

Specification

Powerplant One 450 hp Bristol Jupiter VI
Span 36 ft 0 in
Maximum Weight 3,400 lb
Capacity & Armament Pilot and test observer
Maximum Speed 132 mph

Variants

Single example only, flown without civil markings.

Survivors

Nil

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