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Bristol Pullman

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Bristol Pullman
Type Passenger aircraft
Manufacturer Bristol Aeroplane Company
Designed by Frank Barnwell
Maiden flight May 1920
Status Prototype
Primary user Royal Air Force
Number built 1
Developed from Bristol Braemar
Variants Bristol Tramp

The Bristol Pullman was a British prototype passenger aircraft developed from the Bristol Braemar triplane heavy bomber.

Design and development

The first Pullman was actually built as the third Braemar, and first flew early in May 1920. It was shown at the International Aero Show at Olympia in July of that year, where its great size and interior fittings were much admired. The Pullman was one of the earliest British aircraft to have a fully enclosed crew cabin, and this feature was disliked by service pilots, who often carried fireman's axes with them to enable them to escape in an emergency.

Operational history

Ultimately the Pullman was not accepted for squadron use by the Royal Air Force, nor was it selected for use by any civil operator. The prototype was the sole example of the type constructed or configured.




General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Capacity: 14
  • Length: 52 ft (15.88 m)
  • Wingspan: 81 ft 8 in (24.89 m)
  • Height: 20 ft (6.10 m)
  • Wing area: 1905 ft² (177 m²)
  • Empty weight: 11,000 lb (5,000 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 17,750 lb (8,070 kg)
  • Powerplant:Liberty L-12 inline engine, 400 hp (300 kW) each


See also

Related development


  • Barnes C.H. (1964). Bristol Aircraft Since 1910. Putnam & Company Ltd. ISBN 0-370-00015-3. 

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