Things to see & do
Things to see & do
Starting in the earliest days of powered flight, Aerospace Bristol will whisk you away on an immersive journey through more than a century of incredible aviation achievements and fascinating tales of human endeavour.
From bold pioneers taking to the skies in their magnificent flying machines, to the remarkable men and women who played their part in two world wars, to those who dreamed a seemingly-impossible dream of supersonic travel: then created the iconic Concorde to turn that dream into reality.
Your journey takes you from the beginnings of the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company in 1910 all the way through to the modern day, where you will explore cutting-edge technology, and look ahead to an exciting future, discovering how the next generation of engineers will continue to push aerospace technology to new heights and reach for the stars.
A visit to Aerospace Bristol is a chance to travel through the decades, enjoy fun interactives and amazing exhibits - including aeroplanes, helicopters, missiles, satellites, engines and more - and immerse yourself in a story of ordinary people achieving extraordinary things.
Step aboard the last Concorde
The stunning centrepiece of your visit will be Concorde Alpha Foxtrot: the last of the iconic supersonic passenger jets to be built and the last to fly.
Capable of crossing the Atlantic in under three hours, Concorde cruised at over twice the speed of sound and reached an altitude of 60,000ft. Her passengers would marvel at the curvature of the Earth and look up at a blue-black sky, as they travelled at 1320mph and sipped Champagne on the edge of space.
How did the engineers of the 1960s create an aircraft capable of supersonic speed but also able to carry over 100 passengers in comfort and style? What was it like to work on Concorde and how did Concorde engineers overcome the massive technical challenges involved? What was it like to fly Concorde alongside royalty and film stars? Or to take control of this incredible aircraft as a member of the flight crew? You will discover the answers to all of these questions and more.
While there are many smaller items in the exhibition, and interactive exhibits to enjoy, the following list details the large objects on display at Aerospace Bristol.
Landing gear A340-600
Bolingbroke pilots seat and landing gear
Bristol Boxkite (flying model)
Bristol Scout (replica)
Bristol F2.B Fighter (replica)
Bristol Babe (replica)
Jupiter VI engine
Beaufighter forward fuselage (sectioned)
Pegasus engine wreck
Bristol Plastics Division ‘Alpha’ glass fibre sailing dinghy
AIROH roof truss
Bristol Type 171 Sycamore helicopter
Bristol Type 173 twin rotor helicopter
Bristol 403 car (cutaway)
Bristol Britannia G-ALRX forward fuselage
Bloodhound Surface to Air Missile
Thor ramjet engine
Bristol Type 188 wind tunnel model
Bristol Type 221 wind tunnel model
Olympus 593 (sectioned)
Skylark sounding rocket
Intelsat IV (model)
Ariel IV (model)
Hubble Space Telescope (model)
146 fuselage barrels furnished and unfurnished
Airbus A319 wing
Airbus A320 cockpit simulator
Rolls-Royce Trent fan set
Concorde Alpha Foxtrot
Concorde wind tunnel models
Concorde crew training panels
Concorde flight deck, early version