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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.

Old News

100th anniversary of the Boxkite

Nick Livingstone

July 2010 sees the centenary of the first flight of the Bristol Boxkite, the first successful aeroplane built at Filton. The flight was made at Larkhill near Stonehenge, but a few months later Sir George White, chairman of the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company, brought a Boxkite to Durdham Downs, to show the local population his new contraption.

The Bristol Aero Collection is celebrating the maiden flight but organising an event on the Downs, with the support of the Bristol International Kite Festival. In the absence of an original Boxkite, we have arranged for school pupils from Bristol and South Gloucestershire to launch one hundred box kites, decorated by the pupils themselves. The event starts at 10:30am, and should finish by 12:30pm.