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06-16-2013, 12:53 PM
The Bristol 138 A first flew in 1936. It wouldn't win any beauty contests with it's 66 ft. wingspan, fixed landing gear and boxy cockpit. The 138 was built for one reason, to set altitude records. In 1936 it flew to 49967 ft. (15230m.). In 1937 it attained 53937ft. (16440m.). It was powered by a twin supercharged, intercooled Pegasus engine. The pilot wore a strange looking rubber pressure suit with a glass face plate that looked more suited to diving than flying.

06-16-2013, 03:11 PM
Great job on the metal skin Gray - another unique subject brought back to mind.

06-16-2013, 07:39 PM
Thanks, Neil.

Mark A Bufton
06-17-2013, 06:21 AM
Brilliant, as always [he says with his, now second-nature, green-eyed contempt ;) ]

06-17-2013, 07:31 PM
Thanks Mark. I saw the plane and thought I'd do a quick illustration of it. I could spend a lot more time on it but this one just didn't warrant it.

Mark A Bufton
06-20-2013, 06:40 PM
I was showing off your Spitfires in the office today.....the word "speechless" was mentioned a few times ;-)

06-21-2013, 12:14 PM
Thank you Mark, for those very kind words of support.

06-21-2013, 01:02 PM
Nice work Gray. Another unusual subject. At first glance the unusually large wings grabbed my attention but your description soon explained the design.

06-21-2013, 07:14 PM
Those very long wings do make for a distorted image, as well as being difficult to fit on the page. Thanks, Mark.