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Bristol F.2B "Bristol Fighter"

Initially designed as a reconnaissance aircraft (the Type 9 or R.2), a more powerful engine led to conversion to the fighter role and a new designation, the Type 12 or F.2 "Bristol Fighter".

The F.2 entered service in 1917 with disastrous results.  After changing tactics to those of single seat fighters, the "Brisfit" became an effective fighter.

The Bristol Fighter remained in service with the RAF as an Army cooperation aircraft until 1932.  Other operators included the air forces of Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Greece, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Peru and Spain.  Over 5,000 were built.

 Specifications (F.2B)





Type: Fighter
Engine: one 275 hp (205 kW) Rolls Royce Falcon III piston engine
R.2: Reconnaissance version
F.2: Fighter version

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