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The Bristol Type 156 Beaufighter, often referred to as simply the Beau, was a British long-range heavy fighter derivative of the Bristol Aeroplane Company's earlier Beaufort torpedo bomber design. The name Beaufighter is a portmanteau of "Beaufort" and "fighter".

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Bristol Beaufighter

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Bristol Beaufighter X of No.19 Squadron, SAAF, attacking the German-occupied town of Žužemberk, Slovenia

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1939-46 Bristol 'Type 156' Beaufighter. RAF, RCAF, RAAF - Heavy fighter / strike aircraft. Engine: 2 x Hercules, 14 cyl, radial engine (1600 hp / 1200kW). Armament: 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk II cannon in nose, 1 x .303 Browning for observer. External Loads: 2 x 250 lb bombs or 1 x British 18 in torpedo or 1 x Mark 13 torpedo or 8 x RP-3 '60 lb' (27 kg) rockets (underwing). Max Speed: 320 mph (280 kn, 515 km/h @ 10000 ft / 3050 m)

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1939-46 Bristol 'Type 156' Beaufighter. RAF, RCAF, RAAF - Heavy fighter / strike aircraft. Engine: 2 x Hercules, 14 cyl, radial engine (1600 hp / 1200kW). Armament: 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk II cannon in nose, 1 x .303 Browning for observer. External Loads: 2 x 250 lb bombs or 1 x British 18 in torpedo or 1 x Mark 13 torpedo or 8 x RP-3 '60 lb' (27 kg) rockets (underwing). Max Speed: 320 mph (280 kn, 515 km/h @ 10000 ft / 3050 m)

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