Bristol Bulldog Fighter
Designed in 1926 and first flying on May 17, 1927 The Bristol Bulldog single seat biplane fighter entered service in 1929. It featured an all metal fuselage with fabric covering and a 440 hp. Jupiter radial engine giving it a top speed of 174 mph, a small oxygen tank for high altitude flight and a short wave radio. In the 1930s the Bulldog was the most widely used RAF plane. It was also cheap to maintain, which was a big factor during the world wide depression. The Bulldog never fired a shot in anger while flying with the RAF but it did see combat flying with the Basque nationalist forces during the Spanish Civil War and with Finland during the Winter War where it did well against the Soviet Union. The Bulldog also flew with Denmark, Estonia, Japan, Latvia, Siam, and Sweden. It was armed with two .303 cal. Vickers machineguns and could carry four 20 lb. bombs. This model shows a Bristol Bulldog Mk.II B Flight Leader aircraft flying with 23 Sqn. at Kenley in 1933.