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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.

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. 

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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.

Concorde Alpha Foxtrot in Aerospace Bristol's purpose-built Concorde Hangar.

Concorde Alpha Foxtrot in Aerospace Bristol's purpose-built Concorde Hangar.

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.

On display

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 Tram

  • Bristol Boxkite (flying model)

  • Bristol Scout (replica)

  • Bristol F2.B Fighter (replica)

  • Bristol Babe (replica)

  • Bristol lorry

  • Jupiter VI engine

  • Hercules engine

  • Centaurus engine

  • Beaufighter forward fuselage (sectioned)

  • Bulldog wing

  • 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)

  • Brabazon tyre

  • Bristol Britannia G-ALRX forward fuselage

  • Proteus engine

  • Orpheus engine

  • Bloodhound Surface to Air Missile

  • Thor ramjet engine

  • Towed Rapier

  • Sea Skua

  • Sea Wolf

  • Bristol Type 188 wind tunnel model

  • Bristol Type 221 wind tunnel model

  • Olympus 593 (sectioned)

  • Skylark sounding rocket

  • Intelsat IV (model)

  • Ariel IV (model)

  • GEOS (model)

  • Giotto (model)

  • Hubble Space Telescope (model)

  • Envisat (model)

  • BAC Consub

  • Sea Harrier

  • Pegasus engine

  • 146 fuselage barrels furnished and unfurnished

  • Airbus A319 wing

  • Airbus A320 cockpit simulator

  • Rolls-Royce Trent fan set

  • Concorde Alpha Foxtrot

  • Olympus 593

  • Concorde wind tunnel models

  • Concorde crew training panels

  • Concorde flight deck, early version