The bold rival designs to the Bristol Brabazon

The idea of the Bristol Brabazon, deemed the most prestigious of all the types to emerge from the Brabazon Committee’s deliberations, actually entering trans-Atlantic service today seems utterly fanciful — but it was nothing compared to some of the concepts conceived by other manufacturers as potential stop-gaps and rivals

The first Brabazon Committee, tasked to recommend which civil aircraft types would be required after the war, issued its report to the Air Ministry and the Ministry of Aircraft Production on 9 February 1943. It advocated that preliminary design work on five new airliners for post-war service should start immediately and gave the highest priority to Type 1, a landplane airliner with a pressurised cabin capable of flying directly from London to New York.

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