Bristol Aero Collection
Bristol Aero Collection
The Bristol Aero Collection at Kemble has now closed to public. After a very busy weekend at the end of May, the hangar was closed after fifteen years at Kemble. During its time at Kemble the BAC has acquired a growing reputation for its collection of artefacts and archives setting out the achievements and history of 100 years of aviation and associated industries originating from the Bristol Aeroplane Company.
BAC has been fortunate to receive the support of a number of companies, organisations and local authorities and in particular from Airbus and BAE Systems without whose generosity our Kemble operation would not have survived. The day-to-day operation of Kemble has been undertaken by a loyal and dedicated group of volunteers who will now be dismantling the exhibits and preparing them and the archives for transportation to a temporary store.
We hope to have regular updates on the plans for the heritage site provisionally identified at Filton.
Currently closed to the public while a new site is found.
Aircraft, guided missiles, spacecraft and aero engines produced by the Bristol Aeroplane Company and its successors centred on the Filton works north of Bristol. Also some products of the related Bristol Tram and Carriage Co. Drawings, archives and artefacts illustrating the background of industrial techniques.
Weapons and War, Land Transport, Aviation
Key artists and exhibits
- Bristol Babe biplane (1919, replica)
- Bristol Bolingbroke WW2 bomber (1941)
- Bristol Sycamore helicopter (1947)
- Bristol 173 twin-rotor helicopter (1952)
- Bristol Britannia airliner (1952, nose section of prototype)
- Hawker Harrier PCB ground test rig
- Beagle 206 (1961, nose section)
- Concorde cabin mock-up
- Jindivik pilotless drone
- Bristol Pegasus radial piston engine
- Bristol Hercules radial piston engine
- Bristol Centaurus radial piston engine
- Bristol Proteus turboprop engine
- Bristol Olympus 104 turbojet engine
- Bristol Olympus 593B turbojet engine
- Rolls Royce Avon turbojet engine
- Armstrong Siddeley Viper turbojet engine
- Bristol Bloodhound missile
- WE177 free-fall nuclear weapon
- Tracked Rapier mobile air defence system
- Sea Dart missile
- Polaris missile
- Sea Eagle missile
- Ikara Anti-Submarine missile
- Giotto space vehicle mock-up
- Skylark sounding rocket
- Horse drawn tram
- Bristol 4-ton lorry
- Bristol double-decker bus
- Thornycroft Airfield Crash tender