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Bristol Freighter returns home to Filton
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:28 pm    Post subject: Bristol Freighter returns home to Filton Reply with quote

Excellent news

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/main-body-huge-bristol-freighter-1011923
http://aerospacebristol.org/freighter/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-bristol-42573594/successful-final-journey-for-freighter-is-by-road

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi that museum is not only going to have the Freighter alongside the Concord. It has a motoring interest as well.
http://aerospacebristol.org/news/2017/3/22/aerospace-bristol-welcomes-historic-bristol-car-home-to-filton

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/538d8f62e4b0f432bcf19df2/t/58d2a331893fc01cce117f10/1490199350466/?format=750w


The cutaway has been done to show the Superleggera construction.

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I tried putting the [img] brakets round the second link but it didn't work.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does anyone else remember a black & white film about the test flying of a Bristol Freighter?

Included lots of nostalgic looks at the typically 1950s shopping centre near Filton.

AIRC there was some sort of rocket assisted take off involved and the load shifted during the flight.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahh the memories, when I was a little boy Freighters were flying out of Lydd and every evening one would fly right over our place I think on its way to Southend. We are about 12 miles from Lydd and I think if one flew over now I would be able to tell what it was even if I could not see it. Years later I met someone who was to become my best man at our wedding and he loaded Ford Anglias, various other cars for tourists and even sheep to hop over the channel to Le Touqeut. A very adaptable aircraft the Freighter. Happy days.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kenham wrote:
Ahh the memories, when I was a little boy Freighters were flying out of Lydd and every evening one would fly right over our place I think on its way to Southend. We are about 12 miles from Lydd and I think if one flew over now I would be able to tell what it was even if I could not see it. Years later I met someone who was to become my best man at our wedding and he loaded Ford Anglias, various other cars for tourists and even sheep to hop over the channel to Le Touqeut. A very adaptable aircraft the Freighter. Happy days.


There are a few pages regarding Silver City on the site, eg
http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/silver_city.htm

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isn't the 'net wonderful? That film is 'Man in the Sky' starring Jack Hawkins and Freighter G-AIFV.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
Before Lydd, Silver City used Lympne and the Charles Oxley book about Bristols recounts:-
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In 1950 he (Tony Crook) drove a standard model 401 from Caterham in Surrey to the MontIhery circuit, with an airlift from Lympne to Le Touquet, and including a brief visit to the Paris Motor Show. Then, under official observation, he covered 104.78 miles in one hour from a standing start, with a best flying lap at 107mph. He then drove back to Caterham, with an airlift across the Channel, the entire 'visit' having taken just under the twelve hours that it had been estimated would be sufficient. The only alterations made to the car were a slightly higher rear axle ratio, and racing tyres.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a lot on the local points west news about this and its journey on the local road etc.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent many hours as a youngster back in the fifties at Southend Airport watching the Bristol Freighters of Channel Air Bridge taking off and landing. I believe this was an early advenure of Freddy Laker.

Southend airport was of course, the old Rochford RAF fighter base in the second world war. We used to creep through the damaged fence around the back of the airport to spend our days sitting on top of an abandoned pillbox and check aircraft registrations as they came and went. Happy days!

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