INSIGHTS

Accounts from First World War Scout exponents — and David Bremner’s modern-day perspective

David Bremner’s reproduction Scout C, ‘1264’/G-FDHB, has been flying since the summer of 2015.
DARREN HARBAR
Following in his grandfather’s footsteps, David Bremner has come to master the Bristol Scout, making use of his extensive experience of modern microlights along the way.
DARREN HARBAR

When 2nd Lt James McCudden, recently confirmed as an ace, was posted to an aerial gunnery school in February 1917, he first encountered the Bristol Scout. “It was here that I first flew a tractor scout, a little Le Rhône engined Bristol, and liked it so much that I plucked up enough courage to do six loops on it on my first flight”, he recalled. Later, when assigned to a wing in Kent as an instructor, he was allotted a Bristol Scout as his personal ‘runabout’. He said of it, “The little Bristol was a most excellent flying machine, and quite easy to fly and land, though it was generally said that if a pilot could fly a Bristol well he could fly anything.”

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