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Aerospace Bristol is a new industrial heritage museum and learning centre being developed at Filton, to the north of Bristol. It will tell the story of the region's world-class aerospace industry - past, present and future. The Aerospace Bristol project is being run by the Bristol Aero Collection Trust.


Help bring the Freighter home

Follow the Freighter's progress and play your part in bringing a Type 170 Freighter home to Bristol from New Zealand. 


help TO bring the Bristol Freighter home

Aerospace Bristol has launched an urgent appeal for donations to bring one of the last remaining Bristol Type 170 Freighters home to the UK from New Zealand.  

Designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, this remarkable aircraft was used by airlines and air forces across the world between 1945 and 1958. A total of 214 Freighters, and its passenger variant the Wayfarer, were built, but sadly, only 11 complete Freighters survive in the world today and none of these are located in Europe. 

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring a Type 170 to Filton. But we need your help.


Bringing an aircraft of this size home from the other side of the world is no mean feat and we need your help to deliver the Freighter safely back to Bristol. 

Please give a kind donation to the Bristol Aero Collection Trust (registered charity no.1010632) today and play your part in rescuing the Freighter. Everyone who supports the Freighter will receive a downloadable certificate and those who kindly give £25 or more will receive a free card and coaster, shown below, as an extra token of our appreciation. 

Or why not donate on behalf of a loved one as a special Christmas gift? You will receive the card and coaster to present to them, and the card is blank for you to write your own message inside.

One of the last remaining Bristol Type 170 Freighters at Aardmore Field, New Zealand. Aerospace Bristol needs your help to bring this Freighter home to Filton.

One of the last remaining Bristol Type 170 Freighters at Aardmore Field, New Zealand. Aerospace Bristol needs your help to bring this Freighter home to Filton.

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**The Freighter arrived in Singapore on 7th November 2017 and is currently awaiting a vessel that will transport the aircraft from Singapore to Portbury Docks, UK.**

The map below will be updated regularly, allowing you to track the Freigher's location as she makes her way home. We will also post regular updates, photos and facts to this page. Please give a kind donation to show your support today. 

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Getting ready to move

The Freighter's wings are removed ready for the long journey to Filton 

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The journey begins

Loading the Freighter and its wings on to lorries for transportation from Aardmore Field (Photo credit: Airflow NZ)   

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On the road

The Freighter is transported by road to the Port of Auckland