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  Bristol Cars - Blenheim 3
The Blenheim's major mechanical components are carefully laid out to avoid the usual massive centre console stealing interior room so that we may provide the interior width of a formal luxury car within the exterior width of a medium sized saloon.
Bristol's power steering system, unlike most others, has been developed to provide a true feel of the road, varying its feedback faithfully according to the amount of road grip that is available.
Powering the Blenheim 3 is a large displacement naturally aspirated engine which has been optimised to perform economically and with exceptional responsiveness at low revs and light throttle openings.
www.bristolcars.co.uk /Blenheim3.htm   (1026 words)

 Bristol Blenheim Light Bomber
The Blenheim was a development of the Bristol model 142 civil transport, that was faster than the R.A.F. fighters when it first appeared.
The Blenheim Mk I, shown above, was used mostly as a light bomber, while the Mk IV model (shown below) was used as a light bomber, fighter, nightfighter, reconaissance aircraft and close-support aircraft depending on how it was equipped.
All models of the Blenheim were very vulnerable to enemy fighters as they didn't have the power to evade them, and the rear-facing armament wasn't heavy enough to defend them properly.
www.constable.ca /blenheim.htm   (557 words)

 Blenheim - Battleground Europe Wiki
The Bristol Blenheim was designed as a fast twin-engine intruder, but by 1940 had been eclipsed easily by even the medium and heavy bomber designs of the day let alone the fast pursuit fighters like the Bf109.
Blenheim’s suffered terrible losses in 1940 as the principal attack bomber flying against the well-protected ports where shipping was being assembled for Operation Sealion - the planned German invasion of Britain.
Blenheim’s are highly maneuverable however and if you get tagged by an enemy fighter you can at least frustrate them by flying all over the sky like a crazy man while you scream on the radio for a friendly fighter to come and save your tail.
wiki.wwiionline.com /index.php/Blenheim   (934 words)

 The Bristol Blenheim
The Bristol Blenheim originally was constructed as a private venture.
The Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1934 was ordered to construct a high speed six to eight seater twin engined aircraft by a Lord Rothermere as a civil aircraft.
Both Blenheims continued service well into 1941, but the IF's suffered many casualties and during the 1940-1941 period they were slowly replaced by the Beaufighter which although still did not have the performance of the single engined fighters, was an aircraft that performed far better than the Blenheim.
www.battleofbritain.net /0012.html   (757 words)

 Warbird Alley: Bristol Blenhiem
The Blenheim was originally built in in England in 1934 as one of the first executive planes for the proprietor of the Daily Mail, Lord Rothermere, who wanted a fast plane capable of carrying six passengers, a pilot and a co-pilot.
The Type 149 was a Blenheim with greater fuel capacity and a lengthened nose for an observer and his gear.
The Blenheim Mk IV would equip 70 squadrons at its height of popularity, and continue to serve in the Middle and Far East until the last years of the war.
www.warbirdalley.com /blenheim.htm   (797 words)

 YouTube - Bristol Blenheim
Bristol had been working on a suitable design as the Type 135 since July 1933, and further adapted it to produce the Type 142 to meet Rothermere's requirements.
The aircraft was all-metal with twin Bristol Mercury VIII radial engines of 860 hp (640 kW) each.
A 1,000-lb (454 kg) bombload was carried in the internal bay.
www.youtube.com /watch?v=aM60r3kEmaQ   (693 words)

Based on the 2-door Blenheim saloon, with a new body inspired by a 1950s' roadster prototype, the "Blenheim Speedster" is aimed at UK clients who may find even the AR1's limited 99 model production unacceptably "common".
In the late 1990s it was fully restored by Bristol personnel who revealed it was originally known as "The Bullet", on account of its generous performance.
Bristol has therefore agreed to build a short run of 12-15 cars to be known as the Blenheim Speedster.
www.auto-report.net /blenheimspeedster.html   (543 words)

 Top Gear | Road test
Bristol Blenheim II The chance to drive a new Bristol comes about as rarely as an earthquake in Wolverhampton.
The intention remains very much for this latest Blenheim to provide 'dignified express travel for four six-foot persons and their luggage', and hence its body-shape, despite a few tweaks, is still the case of function over form that you see here.
The styling revisions over the original '94-on Blenheim are limited to a reshaped nose, larger gas-discharge headlamps and a track widened to help the redesigned wheels do a better job of filling their arches.
www.topgear.com /drives/A6/A5/roadtests/01/01.html   (811 words)

 Bristol Blenheim Mk V
Bristol designed a military version of their new aircraft, the Type 142M, which the Air Ministry ordered 150 of in the summer of 1935, and a second order for 434 more in July of 1937.
The Type 142M, or Blenheim I, as it was now called, had a bomb aimer's station in the nose, an internal bomb bay, and a dorsal machine gun turret for self-defense.
The next version of the Blenheim to enter service was the Type 160D which became the unloved Mk V. By the time the Blenheim Mk V entered service in mid 1942 it was hopelessly underpowered and outclassed compared to its adversaries in the Mediterranean and Far East theatres.
www.swannysmodels.com /Blenheim.html   (1427 words)

 Bristol Blenheim 3 5.9 V8 | New Car Reviews | Car Reviews | Auto Express
The Blenheim 3 model is a four-seat coupe that blends discrete looks, ample performance and a sumptuous handcrafted interior to create a unique motoring experience that has more than a hint of nostalgia about it.
Well-heeled customers with environmental concerns can now buy the 3G model, a LPG Blenheim, which means London-located owners will be able to avoid the £5 a day congestion charge and benefit from a greater range and cheaper fuel too.
With only one dealership, in Knightsbridge London, Bristol ownership is an exclusive club, that being where a large part of Bristol's appeal lies.
www.autoexpress.co.uk /carreviews/roadtests/25339/bristol_blenheim_3.html   (222 words)

 Bristol Blenheim Mk.V Review by Brett Green (Classic Airframes 1/48)
By the time the Blenheim Mk.V entered service in mid 1942, it was hopelessly underpowered compared to its adversaries in the Mediterranean and Far East theatres.
Fortunately, Classic Airframes have engineered the kit to be adapted to the final Blenheim variant with a minimum of surgery, and have supplied additional parts in resin and styrene to finish an accurate Mk.
The second machine is a Free French Blenheim in desert scheme, and the final option (my favourite) is an aircraft with No. 34 Squadron in Dark Earth, Dark Green and Sky with the red missing from roundels and fin flashes as a concession to SEA marking requirements.
www.kitreview.com /reviews/blenheimvreviewbg_1.htm   (1270 words)

 Bristol Blenheim
The Bristol-produced Blenheim light-to-medium bomber was actually derived from a private request for a high-speed passenger transport as put forth by one Lord Rothermere in 1934.
The Blenheim served with the Canadian military as the Bolingbroke and with Finland and Greece.
A newer Blenheim B.Mk V was unveiled in 1942 fitted with 2 x Bristol Mercury 25 (sometimes 35) engines but these were limited to service in the Far East, North Africa and Tunisia.
www.secondworldwarhistory.com /bristol_blenheim.asp   (711 words)

 WW2 Warbirds: the Bristol Blenheim - Frans Bonné
Bristol Blenheim Mk IV In an attempt to upgrade the Mk I, the Mk IV and Bolingbroke Mk I (essentially the same) were devised.
Bristol Bolingbroke Mk IV Intended for use as reconnaissance aircraft, a number of modifications were added to the Bolingbroke Mk I. First, the powerplants were Mercury XV.
The Blenheims most notable feats were the succesfull night-fighter role during the winter of 1940-1941, and the fact that it convinced the Air Ministry that monowing aircraft were superior to bi-wing aircraft.
www.xs4all.nl /~fbonne/warbirds/ww2htmls/brisblen.html   (1387 words)

 Bristol Blenheim - History, Specifications and Pictures - World Military Aircraft
The Bristol Blenheim billed as a bomber though when it was officially installed into operational active service, the aircraft was quite capable of outrunning some fighters.
With the arrival of the German Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Me/Bf 109 fighters, the Blenheim was outclassed in terms of dogfighting.
With this revelation, Blenheims were moved on to a more distinct nightfighter role, being fitted with a highly secret radar system.
www.militaryfactory.com /aircraft/detail.asp?aircraft_id=293   (651 words)

 Bristol Blenheim Art Prints
Bristol Blenheim, Royal Air Force Medium Bomber and was Bomber Command's fastest and most effective aircraft and formed the mainstay of its offensive operations.
The Bristol Blenheim, the most plentiful aircraft in the RAFs inventory when WW II began, was designed by Frank Barnwell, and when first flown in 1936 was unique with its all metal monoplane design incorporating a retractable undercarriage, wing flaps, metal props, and supercharged engines.
To protect the vulnerable bellies of the Blenheims many missions were shifted to low altitude, but this increased the aircrafts exposure to anti-aircraft fire.
www.aviationartprints.com /bristol_blenheim.htm   (1673 words)

 Large Scale Planes
Several Finnish units flew the Blenheim in hard combat against the Soviet Union's forces, both in the Winter War of 1939-1940 and the Continuation War 1941-1944 and thirty-one were lost on operations.
The Blenheims were back in a shooting war and another two were lost before operations ceased on March 13, 1945 when the last sortie was flown - an uneventful anti-submarine patrol.
Bristol Blenheim Suomen Ilmavoimien Historia #10 by Kalevi Keskinen, Kari Stenman, and Klaus Niska.
www.largescaleplanes.com /articles/Blenheim/Blenheim.html   (1803 words)

 Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV/IVF Review by Brett Green (Classic Airframes 1/48)
The Battle and Blenheim were both fatally vulnerable to attack by Messerschmitts, but the Blenheim Mk.IV continued to press home the RAF's daylight bombing campaign until replaced by Mosquitos and Bostons during 1942.
Classic Airframes' Blenheim IV is packed in their familiar box with attractive artwork of a Coastal Command bomber.
One of the characteristics of the Blenheim IV is its long, clear-glazed nose.
www.kitreview.com /reviews/blenheimivreviewbg_1.htm   (1404 words)

 YouTube - Bristol Blenheim
The original short nose Blenheim I had been developed from a civil aircraft and was one of the first new high performance monoplanes ordered under RAF Expansion Plans.
After the fighting in France was over Coastal and Bomber Command Blenheim Ivs began day and night attacks against German occupied ports and installations in frantic attempts to disrupt their invasion plans.
A number of night fighter conversions were made from early Blenheim Is and later Blenheim IVs but their lack of speed precluded any great success.
www.youtube.com /watch?v=MKk0c9kWjqE   (558 words)

 Revell (Frog) 1/72 Bristol Blenheim Mk.I/IF
Blenheim Mk IV was already in service in September 1939, withdrawing the Mk I from the main bombing role, the latter could still perform an important role as night bomber, and has the honour to be the first plane to ever use an on-board-radar, achieving its first shutdown in the night from 2
Blenheim I (I think a Classic Airframes kit), I used them as a guide to scratch-build a new cockpit (including some framing with Evergreen Strip Styrene), rejecting the kit parts.
But having a Cooperativa Blenheim Mk-I somewhere in my stock (the same Frog kit but including resin and PE parts), I decided that the later should be (one day) the more detailed model, and left the wings of the actual kit the way they were.
www.fortunecity.com /meltingpot/portland/971/Reviews/raf/blenheim-i-if.htm   (1364 words)

 Bristol Blenheim Mk IV
Bristol Blenheim Mk IV ust one minute after Britain's formal declaration of war against Germany took effect on September 3, 1939, a Blenheim IV of 139 Squadron took off to fly the RAF's first sortie of the war, a photo-reconnaissance operation.
The Bolingbroke was the Canadian-built version of the Blenheim IV and the first of over 600 assembled at Longueuil, Quebec entered service with the Royal Canadian Air Force in November, 1939.
On August 12, 2000 it was dedicated to the memory of Barry Davidson, a Calgary pilot who was shot down while flying a #18 squadron Blenheim IV on July 6, 1940.
www.lancastermuseum.ca /bristol.html   (528 words)

 The Blenheim Mk.I & Mk. IV
The Finnish-built Blenheims differed from their British-built predecessors by having a bulged bomb-bay to accomodate a wider variety of bombs; a 7.7mm gun in each wing (as opposed to just one in the port wing); strengthened undercarriage; and 3" reduced wingspan due to internal structure changes.
Previously the Mk.II was thought to be a single British-built example that wasn't proceeded with, however Robert mentioned a Bristol document which termed the Finnish examples as Mk.IIs.
BL-155 is a typical Blenheim from the Finnish State Aircraft factory and is seen here in the late spring-early summer of 1944.
www.cbrnp.com /profiles/quarter2/blenheims.htm   (387 words)

Blenheim Duxford Limited is committed to ensuring this important machine will survive.
The first Blenheim project, recovered in a derelict state in Canada, was restored to fly after a twelve year engineering project by a small but skilled volunteer staff led by a full time licensed engineer.
The restoration team determined after all that effort that a Blenheim would fly again and the decision was made to resurrect a new Blenheim.
www.arc-duxford.co.uk /blenheim.htm   (775 words)

 The Bristol Blenheim:A Complete History - by Graham Warner
A former Blenheim owner, Graham has fully updated and revised over 700 entries with recently unearthed information from both the Air Historical Branch of the Ministry of Defense and many private sources to provide a truly comprehensive account of the Blenheim®s origins, development and operational history.
The Bristol Blenheim details the aircraft®s roles not just in the European and Far Eastern Theatres of War, the Middle East campaigns in the Western Desert and from Malta, but also the lesser-known air operations in Iraq, Syria and East Africa.
The Blenheim®s wide-ranging operational career as a day and night bomber, a low-level attack aircraft, night fighter, long-range day fighter, reconnaissance and training machine are examined in depth.
www.motorbooks.com /ProductDetails_18960.ncm   (479 words)

 Classic Airframes 1/48 Bristol Blenheim I/IF Preview
The progenitor of the Blenheim, the Bristol Type 142, was ordered in 1934 as an 6-seat high-speed transport by Lord Rothermere; its top speed of 285 m.p.h.
Nevertheless, the Blenheim bore the brunt of the fighting on every front to which the Royal Air Force was committed for the first three years of the war; despite its limitations, it served valorously.
The Blenheim I formed the basis for the later Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber and Beaufighter night fighter and strike aircraft.
modelingmadness.com /reviews/allies/cleaverblenheimpreview.htm   (824 words)

 Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV 1/72 Scale
The Blenheim Mk.IV was not derived from the Blenheim Mk.I, but was a new design in response to the need for a medium reconnaissance bomber.
Blenheim Mk.IVs were relatively slow and lightly armed and suffered heavy losses from enemy fighters unless they were escorted by defending fighter planes.
Most Blenheims were removed from combat duties by the end of 1943, having been replaced by Douglas Bostons and de Havilland Mosquitoes.
www.jdburgessonline.com /planes/blenheim-mk4.html   (585 words)

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