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Bristal Beaufighter


Range and endurance have always been the limiting factor for designers of ighter aircraft, with high performance often achieved at a compromise. Fighter Command’s thinking in the interwar years favoured fast lightweight machines like the Spitire and Hurricane, designed with the comparatively limited territory of the United Kingdom to defend, but little thought was given to the problems of prosecuting a war against a distant enemy. Such operations were consigned to lumbering bombers and the untried assumption that thanks to airborne defensive armament ‘the bombers would always get through’. This was soon to be proved wrong, and it is only thanks to the foresight of aircraft designers such as de Havilland and Frise at Bristol that machines like the Mosquito and Beauighter were to be ready in time for what was to prove a very different air war to that planned for in the aftermath of 1914-18.

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