Air International 1974-03
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??? - Beaufighter /Warbirds/ (3)
One of the batch of British-built Beaufighter ICs supplied to the RAAF in operational use, A19-2, after installation of Wright Cyclone engines in extended nacelles.
Fighter Command counterpart of the VIC, the Beaufighter VIF, with Al Mk IV and overall black finish.
A later production Beaufighter VIF, still with AI Mk IV but with dihedral on the tailplane and green/grey finish.
A Beaufighter VIF in service with No 255 Squadron in Italy, 1943, with Al Mk VIII in the nose radome.
An early production Beaufighter VIC in Coastal Command colours - note the flat tailplane
Carrying eight rocket projectiles beneath the wings, this early production Beaufighter TF Mk X is one of relatively few to be fitted with ASV radar, as revealed by the antenna on the nose. The white Coastal Command finish was also seldom seen on Beaufighters.
Beaufighter TF.Mk X с РЛС Ai Mk VIII поздней постройки, под крылом подвешены восемь неуправляемых ракет. Обратите внимание - стабилизатор имеет выраженную V-образность.
A Beaufighter TF Mk X with all the final production features - nose radome for AI Mk VIII, dorsal fin, dorsal and underwing armament and torpedo-carrying gear.
Торпедоносец "Бофайтер" TF Mk.X. Вместо торпеды - дополнительный топливный бак
A production Beaufighter TF Mk X carrying rocket projectiles and a 200-Imp gal (909-l) overload fuel tank on the torpedo shackles. This example has the Vickers K gun fitted, but not the dorsal fin and nose radome that later became standard.
A Beaufighter XIC, the Coastal Command fighter similar to the TF Mk X but without the torpedo-carrying gear.
Among the relatively few Beaufighters exported from Britain were 10 supplied to the Dominican Air Force. Apart from deletion of torpedo carrying gear and substitution of Hercules VI engines, they were identical with late-production Beaufighter Xs.
На этом британском буксировщике мишеней TT.Mk.10 хорошо видны лебедка для троса, на котором буксировалась мишень, место оператора лебедки и защитные тросы хвостового оперения.
The prototype Beaufighter TT Mk 10 in 1948, showing the windmill on the fuselage side, used to power the winch for target streaming and retrieval. Some TT Mk 10s later carried a Flight Refuelling towed-target pod installation under the fuselage.
A production Beaufighter 21 from the Australian manufacturing facility. Small external differences from the British TF Mk X include the fairing ahead of the cockpit, providing space for a Sperry autopilot, and two 0.50-in (12,7-mm) machine guns in each wing, with their barrels projecting just ahead of the leading edge.
Bristol Beaufighter II Cockpit Instrumentation
These side views show evolution of the major Beaufighter variants - top to bottom, the first prototype (with smaller fin and engine-mounted oil coolers); the Beaufighter IF (with flat tailplane and wing-mounted oil coolers); the Beaufighter IIF (Merlin engines); the Beaufighter VIC (dihedral on tailplane, DF loop fairing and optional nose radome) and the Beaufighter TF Mk X final production standard (dorsal K gun, dorsal fin, nose radome and underwing armament).
This three-view tone drawing shows a Beaufighter TF Mk X in the markings of No 236 Squadron, one of the units making up the Strike Wings that operated with devastating effect from UK bases in 1944.