Bristol Scout No. 1264 | David and Rick Bremner, Theo Willford

Bristol Scout No. 1264

The Bristol Scout was designed in the second half of 1913 by Frank Barnwell and Harry Busteed, Bristol’s chief test pilot, who thought of building a small high-performance biplane while testing the Bristol X.3 seaplane, a project which had been designed by a separate secret design department headed by Barnwell. The design was initially given the works number SN.183, inherited from a cancelled design for the Italian government undertaken by Henri Coanda, the half-finished fuselage of which remained in the workshops and the drawings for the aircraft bore this number.

1264 is a beautifully restored early Bristol Scout Type C, the first type of British wheeled aircraft to fly from the deck of a Royal Navy carrier, HMS Vindex, at sea in 1915. She was built by David Bremner with Theo Willford and Rick Bremner, as a tribute to his grandfather, Flight Sub Lieutenant FDH Bremner who flew Bristol Scout No. 1264 with the Royal Naval Air Service No 2 Wing in the Easter Mediterranean at the beginning of World War One.

For more details see the Blog dedicated to Rebuilding Granddad’s Aircraft .

  • STATUS: Airworthy
  • OWNER: David Bremner, Theo Willford and Rick Bremner
  • ROLE: Scout\Fighter
  • BUILT:
  • LENGTH:  20 ft 8 in (6.30 m)
  • WINGSPAN:  24 ft 7 in (7.49 m)
  • ENGINE: 1 × Le Rhône 9J rotary piston engine, 90 hp
  • MAXIMUM SPEED:  94 mph (151 km/h)
  • RANGE:  2.5hrs
  • ARMAMENT: 1 × Lewis or Vickers machine gun

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