News December 2018
Aerospace Bristol celebrated its first birthday on 17 August, having welcomed an impressive total of 160,000 visitors to its facility at Filton during its inaugural 12 months. The nine-acre site includes two World War One grade two-listed hangars, and a 34,450-square foot building that houses BAC/Aérospatiale Concorde G-BOAF, the last example of the Mach 2 airliner to be built, and the last to fly.
Lloyd Burnell, executive director of Aerospace Bristol, said, “We always knew there was huge enthusiasm and passion for Concorde, and great pride in our aerospace heritage, but the incredible number of visitors and the fantastic feedback we’ve received has exceeded all expectations. We’re now looking forward to the next phase of the museum’s development and to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Concorde light during 2019.”
Aerospace Bristol is planning a year-long ‘Concorde 50’ celebration, with a programme of special events, opportunities to share Concorde memories, and the chance to support the charity in its mission to inspire the next generation of engineers.
More than 6,000 schoolchildren have already taken part in the museum’s national curriculum-linked science, technology and engineering workshops.
Among the other aircraft on show there are the first prototype of the tandem-rotor Bristol 173 helicopter, G-ALBN, Bristol Sycamore HR14 XL824, a Bristol Scout replica and BAe Sea Harrier FA2 ZD610. Bristol Bolingbroke RCAF 9048 is under restoration locally, and Bristol 170 Freighter Mk31M NZ5911, which arrived at Filton following a sea crossing from New Zealand in January, is currently stored in the Brabazon Hangar on the other side of the airield, awaiting the start of restoration work.