Bristol 188

1st Flight 1962

The Bristol 188 is a British supersonic research aircraft built in the 1950s.

Its length, slender cross-section and intended purpose led to its being nicknamed the “Flaming Pencil”.

Specifications

Crew: 1

Length: 77 ft 8 in (23.67 m)

Wingspan: 35 ft 1 in (10.69 m)

Height: 12 ft 0 in (3.66 m)

Wing area: 396 sq ft (36.8 m2)

Airfoil: Biconvex 4%

Powerplant: 2 × de Havilland DGJ.10R Gyron Junior afterburning turbojet engines, 10,000 lbf (44 kN) thrust each

14,000 lbf (62.28 kN) with afterburner at sea level

20,000 lbf (88.96 kN) with afterburner at 36,000 ft (10,973 m)

Performance

Maximum speed: 1,043 kn (1,200 mph, 1,932 km/h) + (design goal)

Maximum speed: Mach 2.

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