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The Bristol Bulldog was one of the first production aircraft ever to be equipped with cockpit oxygen and a two way radio. It had a fabric covered, metal fuselage.
The primary mission of the Bristol Bulldog was as an interceptor. Ten British RAF squadrons were comprised of the aircraft. It was the primary fighter of the RAF from 1932 to 1936. Eventually these were replaced by more modern aircraft.
In addition to Great Britain, Australia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Siam and Sweden all flew the Bristol Bulldog.
A total of 443 of the aircraft were produced.
Ian Turney-White and his Bristol Bulldog.
The Bristol Bulldog makes a great looking airplane. We are happy to see that there are a number of sizes available from Kit Cutters.
The Bristol Bulldog in the pictures immediately above and below was scratch built by Ian Turney-White. It has a wingspan of 192" and weighs about 170 lbs. To make the Bristol Bulldog easier to transport, Ian constructed it with a removable tail section. It has a JPX 425cc twin engine in the nose swinging a 44 x 12 propeller.
The second picture below is of the Bristol Bulldog scratch built by Tim Wasny of RC Groups. It is 1/10 scale and has a 40 1/2" wing span.
The third picture below is of the Bristol Bulldog built by L. H. Warden of San Diego, California, USA. It was built from Cleveland Model plans.
Kit Cutters has taken the Cleveland Model plans and offers full kits, short kits, or plans of the Bristol Bulldog for sale. Wingspans are 34 1/2", 52", 69", and 104".
Traplet Publications has a Bristol Bulldog plan. It builds to a wingspan of 63" and uses a .60 2C engine for power.
For those of you who like scale plastic model airplanes, there are kits of the Bristol Bulldog available from Airfix in 1/72 scale and Smer Models in 1/48 scale.
Bristol Bulldog viewed from the front.
The Bristol Bulldog built by Tim Wasny.
Bristol Bulldog built by L.H. Warden.