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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.

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Aerospace Bristol to bring Concorde exhibition to Balloon Fiesta

Martha Lewington

Aerospace Bristol is delighted to announce that the museum will be bringing a brand new exhibition of Concorde images and objects to this year's Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. The 2019 Fiesta is themed around ‘Bristol Icons’ and Aerospace Bristol has partnered with the Fiesta to celebrate Concorde50 - fifty years since Concorde’s maiden flight in 1969.

Entitled ‘Concorde: The World Shrinker’, the exhibition will explore the original aspirations for the world’s fastest passenger jet, the global routes it would hopefully fly and the idea of changing passenger travel forever. Objects on display will include a Concorde pilot’s uniform, a Concorde model, and an interactive exhibit showing Bristol icons racing across the Atlantic. The exhibition will also feature a series of fun, free five-minute Live Science Shows with Aerospace Bristol’s Learning Team, running across the four days.

And, as if that's not enough, Captain Tim Orchard, former Concorde pilot and balloonist, will be bringing his very special hopper balloon - made using Concorde seats! - to the Fiesta too.

Back in February, Captain Orchard, visited the museum to launch Aerospace Bristol’s partnership with the fiesta and gave a sneak preview of his rather unique hot air balloon. The bespoke hot air balloon is uniquely fitted with the original seats of the 1980s Concorde Tim used to pilot, so come down and see us and Tim at the fiesta next month.

Credit: BAE Systems

Credit: BAE Systems

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta