Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The Blenheim Mk.I made its first flight from Duxford on 20th November 2014. It has delighted crowds at air displays in 2015 and 2016, and it looks like 2017 will be another good year to see this outstanding aircraft.
Another incredible first flight took place on 9th July 2015, when David Bremner's Bristol Scout took to the air. This project is based around three original items: a stick, rudder bar and magneto. It is a very accurate reproduction of a Bristol Scout, based on original drawings and authentic materials. A TV film of the project is due soon.
TVAL in New Zealand have completed a couple of Bristol Fighters, one static example for the Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego in Krakow, Poland, and a flyer for Jean Salis at La Ferte Alais in France. The latter first flew on 26th July 2014. Its first flight in France on 6 April 2015, and now appears at air shows at La Ferte Alais.
This now means there are nine Bristol aircraft regularly flying :
One Boxkite (At Shuttleworth, another reproduction in Australia is capable of flight but no longer flies)
One Bristol Scout
Four Bristol Fighters (UK, France, New Zealand and Australia)
One Bristol M1C
One Blenheim Mk.I
One Sycamore (in Austria)
The Bristol Aero Collection's efforts to built a world-class museum at Filton have nearly come to fruition. Exhibits are being put in place in the WW1 hangar and purpose-built Concorde hangar. It will open Summer 2017, as Aerospace Bristol. Interest in the museum has generated some new exhibits including a Bristol Pegasus powered Sea Harrier and a second Bristol Sycamore helicopter. In addition to the Bolingbroke rebuild, several new projects are underway, including a Bristol Fighter based on an original frame (from the Weston-on-the-Green cache) and a Bristol 170 Freighter from New Zealand.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Photo from AJCDuxman on Flickr.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
In June this year, two flying reproduction First World War aircraft were unloaded at Old Warden in Bedfordshire. These were B.E.2 aircraft, built by TVAL in New Zealand. Both are due to be based at Stow Maries, have been kept at Old Warden until hangar space is available. They are due to relocate in mid-August. They are painted to represent B.E.2s built in 1917: A2767 (actual registration ZK-KOZ) is painted in 37 Squadron RFC colours, which was based at Stow Maries in 1917. The other (actual registration ZK-TFZ) is in 7 Squadron markings as A2943. It is hoped the the former will remain at Stow Maries, and the latter, which is owned by Oliver Wulff, a German collector, will eventually go to Germany, but will stay at Stow Maries until 2018.
The Bristol connection comes from the aircraft they represent. Although designed by Geoffrey de Havilland of the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough, production of the B.E.2 was assigned to several factories in the UK. The British & Colonial Aeroplane Company at Filton built over 1,000 of the type, more than any other factory. The original A2767 was delivered from Filton to 37 Squadron in February 1917, and A2943 was dispatched to France the following month.
More information on Stow Maries here, and the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust here.
|The Bristol M1C, behind the two Sopwiths, at Cosford (RAF Museum)|
The RAF Museum's Bristol M1C monoplane has recently moved from Hendon to Cosford, to be part of the a new First World War exhibition. The M1C, along with the Museum's Sopwith 1½ Strutter and Sopwith Pup, arrived at Cosford on 15 July 2014. The exhibition, entitled 'First World War In The Air', will open in December 2014. More information on Cosford can be found here.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
A9-13 was one of 180 Beauforts destined for the Royal Air Force in Singapore. Although allocated RAF serial T9552, the order was cancelled in the early stages, and it rolled off the production line as A9-13 for the RAAF. It was delivered in January 1942, and served with 6 Squadron with code FX-F. It crashed on landing at Tadji in Papua New Guinea in 1945, while transporting fruit and vegetables, the cockpit and wings being damaged by fire in the accident. The remains were recovered from Tadji in the 1970's, and moved initially to Auckland, New Zealand, then Melbourne, Australia. Restoration commenced in 1977 by Monty Armstrong, and includes the forward fuselage from Beaufort A9-210, recovered from Tadji at the same time.
Regular progress reports are posted on the Key Publishing Historic Aviation (i.e. Flypast) Forum.
The Kickstarter page can be found here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/moorabbinairmuseum/raaf-beaufort-a9-13-restoration
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
To mark the occasion, the project has produced a book covering the conception, design and construction of the Boxkite, along with original news accounts and photographs, and is a must for all Boxkite-lovers. The book can be shipped worldwide, and more details are available on the project website. The project also has its own Facebook page.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
The Sycamore was delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force in 1951 in the hold of a Bristol Freighter. It was disposed of in 1965, and operated as a heavy lifting vehicle as VH-GYR in Victoria until its accident. The museum's Bristol Freighter has also been undergoing some TLC, including the fitting of its flying surfaces. More information can be found on their Facebook page.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
|Britannia G-ALRX during dismantling on the Severn mudflats.|
|Roger Hargreaves (left), chairman of the Britannia Aircraft Preservation Trust, hands over Britannia G-ALRX to Oliver Dearden (right) of the Bristol Aero Collection Trust.|