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Bristol Types 73 and 83

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Produced Variants

Type 73 Taxiplane Three seat light commercial biplane. 118 h.p. Bristol Lucifer III powerplant.
Type 83A Two seat training variant of the Type 73. 118 h.p. Bristol Lucifer III powerplant.
Type 83B Type 83A with enlarged rudder and elevators. 140 h.p. Bristol Lucifer IV powerplant.
Type 83C Type 83B streamlined for competition.
Type 83E Strengthened version for 220 h.p. Bristol Titan engine test bed.


Projected Variants

Type 83D Proposed seaplane variant.



Production List  

Type 73 Taxiplane

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C/n Initial Registration Notes
 3 aircraft built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset. First flew February 1923.
 6153  G-EBEW  Prototype, retained by Bristol. Modified to Type 83A for the Filton Reserve School.
 6154  G-EBEY  Retained by Bristol. Also registered in error as G-EBFX in May 1923, but marks cancelled.
 6155  G-EBFY  Retained by Bristol.
Total Production   3




Type 83A

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C/n Initial Registration Notes
 6 aircraft built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset.
 6373  G-EBFZ  To Filton Reserve Flying School. Converted to Type 83B on overhaul in 1926.
 6374  G-EBGA  To Filton Reserve Flying School. Converted to Type 83B on overhaul in 1926 and to Type 83C in 1928 for racing purposes.
 6375  G-EBGB  To Filton Reserve Flying School. Converted to Type 83B on overhaul in 1926.
 6376  G-EBGC  To Filton Reserve Flying School. Converted to Type 83B on overhaul in 1926.
 6377  G-EBGD  To Filton Reserve Flying School. Converted to prototype Type 83B in 1925.
 6378  G-EBGE  To Filton Reserve Flying School. Converted to Type 83B on overhaul in 1926.
Total Production   6




Type 83B

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Serial Range C/n Batch Qty Conv. Canc'd Notes
 12 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, for the Chilean Escuela de AeronŠutica. Delivered between February and March, 1926.
 B1 - B12  6924-6935  12      
 1 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, for Bulgaria. Delivered in April 1926.
 B-BEPK  6936  1      
 5 aircraft ordered from the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, for the clandestine Hungarian Air Force. Type No 201 in Hungarian service. Delivered in April 1926.
 A, B  6922-6923  2      Originally registered G-EBNB and G-EBNC for demonstration.
 C, D, E  6960-6962  3      
 4 aircraft assembled from spares by the Maestranza Central de Aviaciůn, El Bosque, Chile, for the Escuela de AeronŠutica. Delivered in 1928.
 B13 - B16    4      
  Total Production 22      




Type 83C

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C/n Initial Registration Notes
 1 aircraft converted by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset, in early 1928.
 6374  G-EBGA  Converted from Type 83A. To Leslie G. Anderson in February 1933 and converted to a three-seater.
Total Conversions   (1)

C/n Initial Registration Notes
 1 aircraft built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Bristol, Somerset. First flew mid 1928.
 7266  G-EBYT  Retained by Bristol as Bristol Titan test bed.
Total Production   1




Production Summary

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All Aircraft By Type
Type Built New Conv. Canc'd Total
 Type 73 Taxiplane 3     3
 Type 83A 6 (1)   7
 Type 83B* 18 (6)   24
 Type 83C   (1)   1
 Type 83E 1     1
  28 (8) 0  

* Excludes four aircraft built from spares by the Maestranza Central de Aviación, Chile.

Production References
  1. Bristol Aircraft Since 1910, C.H. Barnes (Putnam, 1964)
  2. Latin American Military Aviation, John M. Andrade (Midland Counties Publishing, 1982)
  3. Hungarian Eagles:The Hungarian Air Forces 1920-1945, Gyula Sarhidai; Viktor Kozlik; Gyorgy Punka (Hikoki Publications / Howell Press, 1999)
  4. British Civil Aircraft Registers 1919-1928, Peter W. Moss (Air Britain Publications, 1969)

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