Bristol Badminton

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Type 99 Badminton
Bristol Badminton left side photo NACA Aircraft Circular No.19.jpg
Role Racing biplane
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Bristol Aeroplane Company
Designer F.S. Barnwell
First flight 5 May 1926
Number built 1

The Bristol Type 99 Badminton was a 1920s British single-seat racing biplane built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company and designed by F.S. Barnwell.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Badminton was a single-seat single-engine equal-span biplane, it was made from wood and metal with fabric covering.[1] It had a conventional tailskid landing gear and the nose-mounted engine was a 510 hp (380 kW) Bristol Jupiter VI.[1] Only one aircraft was built, registered G-EBMK, and it first flew at Filton Aerodrome on 5 May 1926.[1] It was entered into the 1926 King's Cup Race but it forced-landed with a fuel feed problem.[1] In 1927, the aircraft was rebuilt as the Type 99A with new wide-span tapered wings, a raised centre section and wide-chord interplane struts.[2] It was powered by an uncowled (525 hp) (392 kW) Bristol Jupiter VI engine.[2] It gained a certificate of airworthiness on 26 July 1927, but had a fatal crash at Filton two days later (28 July) after an engine failure on takeoff.[2]


Type 99
1926 single-seat racing biplane, one built.[1]
Type 99A
Type 99 modified in 1927.[2]

Specifications (Type 99)[edit]

Bristol Badminton 3-view drawing from NACA Aircraft Circular No.19

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Length: 21 ft 2⅜ in (6.45 m)
  • Wingspan: 24 ft 1 in (7.34 m)
  • Empty weight: 1,840 lb (835 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,460 lb (1,116 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Bristol Jupiter VI, 510 hp (380 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 160 mph (256 km/h)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Jackson 1973, page 308
  2. ^ a b c d Jackson 1973, page 309


  • Jackson, A.J. (1973). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 1. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10006-9.