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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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19th February - BAC 100 launch

Nick Livingstone

Today (Friday 19th February 2010) saw the media launch for BAC 100, a year of events and celebrations of 100 years of aviation in Bristol. The date coincides with the 100th anniversary of the formation of the company that started it all, the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company. This became the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1920, and was followed by the British Aircraft Corporation, British Aerospace, and now Airbus today.

The launch event took place at Filton, in the former Brabazon hangar. The central event of the day was the naming of a new Easyjet Airbus after Sir George White, who founded the company in 1910, and sparked off Bristols long and successful relationship with aviation. The hangar was also full of Bristol products throughout the century, including Bristol cars, buses, aero engines, aircraft models, and a pristine Bristol Bulldog biplane.

The extended BAC 100 website goes live today providing a What's On guide, timeline of historic events, audio and film clips, learning zone, children's showcase, comment pages and much more. Click here to visit the BAC 100 website.

The website will be regularly updated during the year to give you news and pictures of activities taking place. Among the highlights in the first few months are exhibitions at Bristol Central Library, Frenchay Village Museum and Thornbury and District Museum, lectures at Yate Heritage Centre and at-Bristol, extended opening hours at the Bristol Aero Collection in Kemble and the publication of the official BAC 100 books, Take Flight: Celebrating Aviation in the West of England Since 1910 and The 2010 Book of Aviation Wonder. There are also creative writing, collage-making and science workshops taking place in schools.