Aerospace Bristol

I met my brother at a new museum on the outskirts of Bristol for a late birthday get-together. We started as we always seem to do when we meet up in the café at the Bristol aerospace museum in Filton, at the now disused Filton airport.

Filton has been at the centre of aviation development since the early years of flight and its claim to fame is that it was where all the British Concordes were developed, tested, and built.

They have an excellent display and exhibition hanger for Concorde where you can inspect the plane up close underneath the wings and along the side. Moving images projected onto the side of the plane show you how the engines work and how they would fly the plane.

There is also a separate area dedicated to Concorde memorabilia and this exhibition has the personal effects from the original test pilots in it.

The rest of the museum is dedicated to the history of BAC at Filton. Originally it was a bus and tram company, but it was converted to making planes during the First World War. At this early stage in aviation it was the technical team at Filton who developed the Jupiter engine which came to be used in 90% of the world’s aircraft at the time.

During the Second World War it was a major target to German bombers and so the factories were dispersed across Bristol to make them harder to find and bomb.

Then during the Cold War, it was a major player in providing defence equipment and innovations. Today it is still involved in satellite design.

Quite an interesting museum to visit with hourly talks about specific exhibits which were very engaging.