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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.

Restoration projects

Be part of history and help bring the Bristol Type 170 Freighter home

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BRISTOL FIGHTER

The Bristol Fighter - or "Brisfit" - was a World War One two-seat biplane fighter and reconnaissance aircraft, and a formidable opponent for German fighters. Over 5,000 Bristol Fighters were produced at Filton, and work is underway to restore the aircraft, including a new set of wings, readying the Fighter for its return to Bristol from North America.

Progress updates

Follow our exciting updates as the Bristol F2b Fighter is restored. Find out more >

Credit: BAE Systems

Credit: BAE Systems


The Bristol Freighter Type 170

Designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, a total of 214 Freighters, and its passenger variant the Wayfarer, were built and used by airlines and air forces across the world. This Freighter was ‘saved from the scrapheap’ and brought home from New Zealand in 2018 by our volunteers and hundreds of generous donors. The aircraft is one of only 11 Bristol Freighter’s remaining in the world and now the only one in the whole of Europe!

Thanks to your support, the Freighter is being safely stored and its condition assessed by the Aerospace Bristol team.

The plan is for the Freighter to be safely housed inside the new Conservation in Action workshop, for volunteers and apprentices to undergo work to conserve the aircraft for the future.

Credit: BAE Systems

Credit: BAE Systems


BOLINGBROKE 9048 PROJECT

Rescued from the US, the Bristol Bolingbroke bomber is a Canadian-built version of the Bristol Blenheim, and flew with the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1946 until withdrawn from service.

It is being lovingly restored by a team of volunteers and once complete will go on display in her RCAF colours from 1942.

Progress updates

Follow our exciting updates as we restore the Bristol Bolingbroke. Find out more >

Historic wartime photograph of Bolingbroke 9048 flying over Alaska in 1942.

Historic wartime photograph of Bolingbroke 9048 flying over Alaska in 1942.


support our conservation projects

We are keen to complete the conservation of these important exhibits and other projects.  If you would like to play your part in bringing these fascinating pieces of Bristol's great heritage back to their former glory, you can make a difference by making a donation.  No matter how small, we truly appreciate your contribution.  Thank you.