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Patchway, BS34

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.

Progress reports

Progress Report - July 2008

Nick Livingstone

With considerable difficulty the broken and bent frames have been extracted from the Rear Fuselage. Using the wooden profile board and advice from other restoration organisations about softening the material by annealing, they have been straightened and rejoined using repairs similar to those used elsewhere on the aircraft. It was initially intended to cut away the distorted skin and replace but with expert advise it has been decide to anneal the material locally and knock out the bends and kinks against an outside skin master tool.

Damage to front of Rear Fuselage

Damage to front of Rear Fuselage

One of the broken Rear Fuselage frames  

One of the broken Rear Fuselage frames


The Nose Fuselage has been removed from the BAC Museum at Kemble and is now in a private workshop near Filton. In its 60 years lying in fields in Canada and USA it had sustained significant damage that was probably caused by moving it roughly by pushing with a vehicle. The extreme nose has been pushed in about 4 inches and much adjacent structure broken and bent. This has been dismantled and the nose is gradually being correctly reshaped and original material repaired. Using moulds borrowed from ARC at Duxford, GKN Aerospace Transparencies have begun to make a set of transparencies for the aircraft. With a substantially overall glazed nose, cockpit glazings and gun turret glazing, there are nearly 50 components, most of which are unique. The complex nose glazings have been delivered together with some of the cockpit glazings, and these are proving invaluable in the reshaping of the nose geometry.

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