From Brabazon to Britannia: Bristol’s Post-War Civil Aviation Developments

Bristol BrabazonOn 23 December 1942 the British government established a special committee chaired by Lord Brabazon of Tara to investigate the country’s post-war civil aviation needs. The Brabazon Committee’s final report outlined the need for a number of key aircraft to be developed, which included a long-haul transatlantic airliner, a smaller shorter-haul airliner that could service the Empire routes and a high-speed jet-engine airliner capable of speeds in excess of 500mph.

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Shoreham Airport War Memorial and the B-26 Martin Marauder

War Memorial Shoreham AirportThis unique war memorial stands near the entrance to Shoreham Airport in West Sussex.

The marble plaque provides a dedication to the British, Commonwealth and Allied servicemen and women who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

The plaque sits below a propeller recovered from a United States Air Force B-26 Martin Marauder medium bomber that came down in the English Channel during June 1944. Continue reading “Shoreham Airport War Memorial and the B-26 Martin Marauder”

RJ Mitchell and the Spitfire’s Schneider Heritage

Supermarine S4It was RJ Mitchell’s revolutionary design for the Supermarine S4, an all-wooden, racing monoplane seaplane intended for the 1925 Schneider Trophy air-race, that evolved into Britain’s most famous and iconic Second World War fighter aircraft, the Spitfire.

Supermarine aircraft won the prestigious air-race five times, but it was the three successive victories between 1927 and 1931 that enabled Britain to win the cup outright and to retain the trophy. Continue reading “RJ Mitchell and the Spitfire’s Schneider Heritage”