The soon-to-open Aerospace Bristol museum in Filton is working to bring one of the last remaining Bristol Type 170 Freighters back to the UK from its current home at Ardmore airfield near Auckland, New Zealand.
Designed and built by Bristol in 1944, the type served as a both a freighter and as a passenger airliner – and although 214 were built, only 11 remain, and none of them are in Europe.
The museum hopes to return the machine to its country of origin and restore it for public display. To help fund this goal, the museum is accepting donations on their website.
Click below to check out a video of the Type 170 in its current condition.
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An original Bristol Fighter will be heading to the new Aerospace Bristol museum in Filton following news that it has been acquired from a U.S. owner.
The aircraft was discovered in an Oxfordshire barn in 1965 and is currently based in the United States. It is one of the last remaining original examples of the “Brisfit” and will reportedly be displayed in a hangar that was used when the machine was in production.
According to Bristol Aero Collection Trust official Lloyd Burnell, the Bristol is an “absolutely key and an essential exhibit”.
“We have a modern replica Bristol Fighter, which was produced in 2010 and that will go on display, but it will be replaced by the original when it comes back to the UK.”
Aerospace Bristol will “tell the story of Bristol’s world-class aerospace industry – past, present and future”, and will also house the last Concorde to be built and flown. Is is currently slated to open next summer.
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Bristol Mayor George Ferguson has been urged to set aside capital from the civic budget for the construction of the Bristol Aerospace Centre at the former Filton Airfield, a proposal that received overwhelming support from city councillors.
The proposed Aerospace Centre is being touted as a major educational and tourist attraction that would help preserve the city’s cultural and industrial heritage. The project would also include an aviation museum and learning center focused on the city’s contributions to the U.K.’s military efforts.
To date, the South Gloucestershire Council has pledged £1.1m to the effort, while the government will provide an additional £2m. Mayor Ferguson expressed support for the idea “in principle” but clarified that he would have to consider the amount that would be contributed toward the project.
The Filton Airfield site is rich in history, having previously served as home of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, developer of the Bristol Blenheim and Beaufighter (above) and 501 Squadron, one of the most heavily-engaged RAF units of WW2. The site still boasts two Grade II-listed hangars built by the RFC during WW1.
The upcoming Aerospace Bristol museum in Filton is continuing to grow its collection ahead its grand opening this summer, with its most recent addition being this Sea Harrier.
The aircraft, which was built in 1985 and served in Bosnia, was deemed too wide to travel by road, prompting the museum engineering team to contact the RAF for assistance. As a result, a Chinook helicopter was brought in from No 27 Sqn RAF Odiham to airlift the nearly 9,000lb Harrier across Filton airfield.
The delicate operation was captured in the video below, and appears to have gone off perfectly.
The Sea Harrier will become part of the £19 million museum where it will reportedly be displayed in a 100-year-old Grade II listed hangar which was previously part of a WW1 Aircraft Acceptance Park.
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The last Concorde to ever take flight has arrived at its new home in Filton, where it will become the centerpiece of the new Aerospace Bristol museum when it opens this summer.
British Airways’ Concorde 216, also known as “Alpha Foxtrot”, performed its final flight on November 26, 2003, capping off over two decades of service and marking the final flight of the legendary supersonic passenger jet. Since then, it has been based outdoors along the runway at Filton, where it was maintained by Airbus UK.
On Tuesday, the aircraft was towed across the runway to a new purpose-built hangar at the £19 million museum, where it will be preserved so future generations can be “inspired by her sleek, innovative design and supersonic statistics.”
Click below to check out a video of the Concorde being transported to its new home.
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