|Type 170 Series 32 Superfreighter|
|A Bristol Superfreighter of Silver City Airways at Southampton Airport in 1954|
|Manufacturer||Bristol Aeroplane Company|
|First flight||16 January 1953|
|Primary user||Silver City Airways
British United Air Ferries
British United Airways
|Developed from||Bristol Freighter|
Production and operation
The first Superfreighters, with a longer - 42 ft 3 in (12.88 m) - hold than the earlier Mark 31, were delivered to Silver City Airways in spring 1953 and were used on cross-channel services to Europe. One example was converted to a 60-seat all-passenger "Super Wayfarer".
The Superfreighter was distinguishable from the earlier Freighter by having a longer nose, in which the extra car was carried, and a fin fillet as well as rounded wingtips.
- Air Charter
- Air Ferry
- British Air Ferries (BAF)
- British United Air Ferries (BUAF)
- Channel Air Bridge
- Compagnie Air Transport
- Midland Air Cargo
- Silver City Airways
Specifications (Freighter Mk 32)
Data from Macdonald Aircraft Handbook.
- Crew: two
- Length: 73 ft 4 in (22.4 m)
- Wingspan: 108 ft 0 in (32.92 m)
- Height: 25 ft 0 in (7.62 m)
- Wing area: 1487 ft2 (138.13 m2)
- Empty weight: 29,950 lb (13,404 kg)
- Gross weight: 44,000 lb (19,958 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × Bristol Hercules 734 14-cylinder sleeve-valve radial piston engine, 1,980 hp (1,476 kW) each each
- Maximum speed: 225 mph (362 km/h)
- Range: 820 miles (1,320 km)
- Service ceiling: 24,500 ft (7,470 m)
- Jackson, 1973, p. 257
- "British Air Ferry Takes Cars Across English Channel." Popular Mechanics, August 1954, p. 94
- Green 1965, p. 188.
- Green, William. Macdonald Aircraft Handbook. London. Macdonald & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 1964.
- Jackson, A.J.. British Civil Aircraft since 1919. Putnam & Company Ltd. 1973. ISBN 0-370-10006-9.
- "Everyday Airlift: Silver City's Channel Ferry", Flight: 226–227, 21 August 1953
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