Remarkably similar in design to the Bristol Blenheim, the Beaufort was much larger and heavier, with an 18" increase in wingspan and an extended nose and tail to accommodate a fourth crew member.
With a larger bomb-bay being integrated into the fuselage to house a semi-recessed torpedo, it was soon discovered that the aircraft's increased weight was proving too much for the original Bristol Mercury engines carried over from the Blenheim.
These were then replaced with the more powerful Bristol Perseus engines but even these left the Beaufort considerably underpowered and a third engine design, the Bristol Taurus was retro fitted.
Australia had secured a contract to build their own Bristol Beauforts at the new Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation which had already been producing the CAC Wirraway and Boomerang.
The contract called for Britain to ship the Taurus engines, aircraft components and associated equipment to Australia where it would be modified and assembled as the CAC Beaufort but fearing the possibility of a disruption of supplies of the Taurus engine, the CAC opted for the US built Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasps that were already in use with the RAAF Lockheed Hudsons.
The first Australian-assembled Beaufort A9-1 flew on 5 May 1941 with the first Australian-built aircraft A9-7 coming off the production line in August. By the end of the war, a total of 700 Australian Beauforts had been manufactured in six variants.
Mounted to the left of the Beaufort's main flying panel and just above the aircraft's oxygen gauges, this early G6A/500277 Air Temp gauge features the enlarged indicator numerals of the early British, Australian and USAAF cockpit indicator gauges.
This CAC Bristol Beaufort Instrument comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
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Your CAC Bristol Beaufort Air Temp Gauge, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Original Warbird instrument
- Highly detailed hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft,
- Hand-crafted and beautifully finished 100yr, Far North Queensland Mango Wood display stand
- Detailed, 2-sided, printed and laminated Instrument Fact Sheet detailing aircraft and instrument
- Removable Magnetic Display Arm
The 1/72 scale, hand-built and airbrushed plastic model is available with 'wheels & flaps up or down' and 'canopy open or closed' options with a choice of two Squadron markings and camouflage.
Upon order placement you will receive an email asking for your preferred configuration.
Your complete Recovery Curios Original Instrument Collectable is securely packed and delivery normally takes between 3 - 4 weeks approx.
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