Bristol Scout

The Bristol Scout was one of the first single seat biplanes produced by Britain during World War I. The design was based on a pre-war racing plane and it was considered extremely fast and maneuverable when it was introduced.

The Scout was intended for reconnaissance and was officially unarmed. In June, 1915, Captain Lanoe Hawker and mechanic Ernest Elton invented a way to mount a Lewis machine gun next to the cockpit on Scout number 1611. On his next flight, Hawker shot down two German planes and became the first pilot to receive the Victoria Cross.

The Bristol Scout was eventually replaced by better fighters after 1916, although some continued in service until the end of the war.

Country of Manufacture Great Britain
First Year of Service 1915
Wing Span 27.3 ft | 8.3 m
Length 19.7 ft | 6 m
Height 8.5 ft | 2.6 m
Weight 1250lbs | 567 kg
Engine Le Rhone 9 cylinder air-cooled rotary engine, 80hp
Top Speed 100 mph | 161 km/h
Range 200 miles | 320 km
Armament None
Crew 1


Technical Notes:
Made with Autodesk 3D Studio Max - Airplane not including background, 40773 vertices, 47130 faces - All aircraft insignia are modeled as part of the mesh.
Historical Notes:
The instruments in the cockpit are conjecture.