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Boarding Concorde takes satisfaction of place at this intensive new museum devoted to Bristol’s position in aviation historical past

Feeling supersonic? Concorde Alpha Foxtrot at Aerospace Bristol.
Photograph: Adam Gasson

In a nutshell

Beside the once-thriving Filton airfield, this new museum showcases Bristol’s position in aerospace engineering during the last century. There are plenty of displays, from the earliest planes that had been produced on web site, such because the Bristol Boxkite and Britain’s first twin-rotor helicopter, via to cold-war missiles and scale fashions of rockets and satellites. Most thrilling although is the Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, assembled and examined right here, and the final to be flown.

Fun truth

Concorde’s cockpit home windows had been examined with a “bird cannon”. Whole, uncooked chickens had been fired on the glass to simulate the results of a chook strike.

Best issues about it

The dramatic audio-visual results projected onto Concorde’s nostril and fuselage deliver home what a formidable a feat of engineering she was. Boarding this supersonic retiree is an apparent spotlight, although be ready to queue. Inside, look out for signatures on the door to the flight deck, scribbled by the crew of her closing flight.

Concorde 216 at Aerospace Bristol.

Concorde Alpha Foxtrot at Aerospace Bristol. Photograph: Alamy

Kids will take pleasure in studying how wings work within the small wind tunnel, and the Concorde cockpit’s bewildering racks of knobs, switches and dials. Other highlights embrace strolling via a cross-section of a airplane and discovering that the Bristol Pegasus engine powered a few of the best aviation feats, akin to the primary flight over Everest and several other world altitude information. We additionally preferred that the curators have made a degree of celebrating Filton’s highly-skilled feminine workforce.

What about lunch?

The museum cafe serves sandwiches (from £2.95) and sizzling meals (soup and jacket potatoes from £four.50; ricotta gnocci £7.95). There aren’t any children meals, although the cafe will do small parts of sizzling meals for a lowered worth. There will quickly be a picnic space outdoors the Concorde hangar.

Exit via the present store?

Yes, promoting vary of engineering, aeronautical and wartime-themed toys, books and items. There are kites, rocket blasters and moon torches and build-your-own mannequin kits. Prices vary from 75p for a pen via to £54.95 for a mannequin Concorde package.

Prop plane, part of the museum’s collection of early models.

A single-engine airplane, a part of the museum’s assortment of early fashions. Photograph: Alamy

Getting there

By automotive, exit the M5 at junction 17 and comply with indicators for The Mall and Filton. At the third roundabout on Hayes Way take the third exit. Aerospace Bristol is in your left. The nearest railway station is Bristol Parkway, a two-mile taxi trip away.

Value for cash?

Not dangerous: grownup £15, little one £eight, household £24.50-£39, and the ticket is legitimate for a 12 months if you happen to go for present support.

Opening hours

Winter hours 10am-4pm; from 10-25 February 9.30am-5.30pm; from 26 February 10am-5pm. Closed 24-26 December.


7/10. In time, it might be good to see the now-derelict historic airfield tidied up.


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