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Aerospace Bristol
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Established 17 October 2017
Location Filton, England
Type Museum
Side of the Belfast hangar (geograph 5572909)
Side view of the renovated "Belfast" hangar (October 2017)

Aerospace Bristol is an aerospace museum at Filton, to the north of Bristol, England. The project is run by the Bristol Aero Collection Trust and houses a varied collection of exhibits, including Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the final Concorde to be built and the last to fly.

The museum is situated on Filton Airfield and the main exhibition is housed in a First World War Grade II listed hangar, with Concorde situated in a new, purpose-built hangar. The exhibition covers over 100 years of aviation history through two world wars, exploring the role of aircraft in these conflicts, through the drama and technological advances of the space race and on to the modern day.

Exhibition

The collection contains over 8,000 artefacts. There are several Bristol-built aircraft including Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, a Bristol Scout, a Bristol Fighter and a Blenheim IV (World War II Bristol Bolingbroke bomber, under restoration), as well as many scaled models. The exhibition is themed around seven different eras of aviation with a separate hangar that celebrates the story of Concorde and its local connection.

  • Era One: Pioneers 1903–1910 First Flights Featuring interactive exhibits and touch screen archive browsers.
  • Era Two: First World War & Beyond c.1914–1920 Shows the impact of World War I on Filton and features a Fighter and a Scout bi-plane.
  • Era Three: The Growth of Flight 1920s–1930s Represents a time of major innovation in aircraft design, including a replica Bristol ‘Babe’.
  • Era Four: World War II c.1935–1945 Depicts the impact of World War II on Filton and aviation.
  • Era Five: Bigger, Faster, Further 1945–1960 The huge Brabazon airliner is represented here by its wheels and nameplate, alongside the Britannia fuselage. The two objects represent the growing importance of passenger aircraft to the aviation industry.
  • Era Six: Ocean Floor to Outer Space 1960–1981 Represents Bristol stepping into the space age. Three objects mark the transition into this era: a satellite, a missile and model of a supersonic aircraft.
  • Era Seven: Working across the world 1982-today Featuring a section of an A320 wing, the exhibit gives visitors an insight into the workings of today's aviation industry.
  • The Concorde Hangar Featuring Concorde Alpha Foxtrot. Designed jointly in Bristol and Toulouse, and built in Bristol, she was the last Concorde to be built and the last to fly.

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