The Bristol Bulldog was one of RAF's famous pre-war biplane fighters but was withdrawn from RAF service in 1937. However it was used by the Finnish Air Force during the Winter War and claimed several victories against more modern opponents.
Total production: 449
Mk.I (2) - equipped with a Bristol Jupiter VII with 440 hp.
Mk.II (92) - modified Mk.I with lengthened fuselage and Jupiter VII.
Mk.IIA (268) - re-designed oil system, strengthened structure for additional load and Jupiter VIIF.
Mk.III (4) - Danish order as Mk.II but with 450 hp Jupiter VIFH and 2x8 mm Madsens machine-guns.
Mk.IIIA (2) - Mk.II with improved performance.
Mk.IVA (18) - Finnish order with alternative ski-wheeled undercarriage plus armament heating system.
H.A. (1) - as Mk.II but with increased ruder area.
T.M. (59) - two-seat trainer version.
J.S.S.F. (2) - Japanese licence-built by Nakajima
The Bulldog saw service in: Australia (8), Denmark (4 Mk.III), Estonia (12 Mk.II), Finland (2 Mk.II (ex-Swedish Air Force) and 17 Mk.IVA), Great Britain, Japan (2 J.S.S.F), Latvia (12 Mk.II), Sweden (3 Mk.II, 8 Mk.IIA).
Engine:___________Bristol Mercury VIS. / 640 hsp.
Max speed:________360 km/h
Service ceiling:__10180 m
Armament:_________2 Vickers machine guns + four 9 kg bombs
Bristol Bulldog IVA in Finnish Service
Combat Aircraft of World War Two - Elke C. Weale, 1985
Last modified 12 September 2000