Aeroplane Monthly 1974-09
C.Bowyer - Biffs and Brisfits
Getting away - J6782 of No. 31 Squadron leaving Fort Dardoni, NWFP, India, for a recce in 1923, with Flg Off Ford as pilot.
Two Bristol Fighters from No. 2 Squadron over RAF Mansion in the mid 1920s.
A No. 5 Squadron “Brisfit” - in this case C801.
Bristol F.2b, “L” of No. 20 Squadron, India, taken in the late 1920s.
5-я эскадрилья британских ВВС воевала на Bristol Fighter в районе северо-западной границы в Индии с февраля 1920 по май 1931 года. Самолеты доставляли припасы в удаленные форты и преследовали отряды мятежников.
Bristol F.2b, J6774, “W” of No. 5 Squadron, India, later had its identity changed to “C”.
Khyber tourist - J6647 of No. 20 Squadron seen at 1,000ft over a section of the infamous Khyber Pass, India, on December 9, 1925. Note the squadron commander’s “streamers” on wings and tail - a distinguishing sign derived from WWI days.
Bristol F.2b, J6663, “B”
Fighting colours - D8084 of No. 139 Squadron, Villaverla, Italy, in September 1918, displaying the unit's black/white hooping on its fuselage and upper wing.
Peaceful fighter - a two-seat conversion for pure communication and general “hack” work. The rather pristine condition of H1398’s fabric seems to suggest VIP usage.
Bristol F.2b, F4717 of 2 (AC) Squadron from Manston, Kent. Pilot Fg Off Jordan, and LAC Watkins as passenger. The fuselage bands were No. 2 Squadron’s unofficial markings - two outer red bands, with centre band in Flight colour, i.e. White (A), Yellow (B), Blue (C).
The first of the "Biffs" - A3303, the prototype F.2A in original state, with twin flank radiators, end plates to lower wing roots and no provision for rear armament.