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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.

Aerospace Bristol News

Aerospace Bristol set to receive an unusual Christmas present

Martha Lewington

This historic Bristol Freighter is being shipped around the world from New Zealand and is due to arrive into Bristol shortly after Christmas.

The Freighter, shown here with its wings removed for the journey, is travelling by road and sea from New Zealand to Filton where it was designed and built.  (Image credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics) 

The Freighter, shown here with its wings removed for the journey, is travelling by road and sea from New Zealand to Filton where it was designed and built.  (Image credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics) 

Aerospace Bristol - the newly-opened museum and home of the last Concorde ever to fly - has announced that it is expecting a very unusual Christmas present that certainly won’t fit under the Christmas tree: one of only eleven Bristol Freighters remaining in the world today, and the only one of its kind in Europe.

An appeal has been launched by the Bristol Aero Collection Trust, the registered charity behind the museum, for donations to support the Freighter Project and a web page where you can track the aircraft’s progress has been set up at

Designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, the Bristol Type 170 was used both as a freighter and as a passenger airliner, known as the Wayfarer. The innovatively-designed Freighter had a 108ft wingspan and featured distinctive clamshell doors that allowed cargo – including vehicles and large animals - to be loaded via its nose. A total of 214 Freighters and Wayfarers were built and delivered to airlines and air forces across the world between 1945 and 1958. 

Lloyd Burnell, Executive Director of Aerospace Bristol, said “Everyone at Aerospace Bristol is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Freighter and we would like to sincerely thank all those who have kindly supported the project so far. Our appeal to fund the Freighter’s journey, as well as the wider project, will continue into 2018 and we are hugely grateful to anyone who wishes to play their part in bringing her home.”

The Freighter that is returning home to Bristol is currently on board a Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) vessel and has recently passed through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea. As the museum’s preferred shipping partner, WWL initially transported the unusual cargo from New Zealand to Singapore, where it transferred from the company’s ‘Talisman’ to ‘Tiger’ vessel, before setting out for Bristol’s Royal Portbury Docks. 

David Maggs, Break-Bulk and Liner Sales Manager at WWL. said “Whenever WWL are involved with the logistics of such bespoke cargo as the Bristol Freighter, the key to it going smoothly is thorough planning and open communication. Numerous discussions took place between Aerospace Bristol, WWL UK and New Zealand, as well as specialised Heavy Haulage companies at both ends before a single piece of cargo was moved. WWL are extremely proud to play a small part in returning this piece of aviation history back to its birthplace in Bristol.”

To follow the Freighter’s progress, including a map of the aircraft’s current location and photos of her journey, visit

Lift off for Aerospace Bristol: The new home of the last Concorde ever to fly

Martha Lewington

The highly-anticipated new home of Concorde, Aerospace Bristol, opens its doors to visitors at 09.30 on Tuesday morning. Offering the chance to embark upon an exciting journey through more than a century of remarkable aviation history, the new museum boasts the last Concorde ever to fly as its stunning centerpiece.

Located on the historic Filton Airfield, Aerospace Bristol is a family attraction that tells a fascinating story of ordinary people achieving extraordinary things, with amazing aerospace exhibits – including aeroplanes, helicopters, missiles, satellites and more – and a variety of hands-on activities, such as a real Airbus A319 wing where visitors can move the flaps and slats to explore the physics and engineering of flight. The star attraction is Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the last Concorde to be built and the last to fly. Visitors can explore the history of Concorde, step aboard the iconic aircraft, and be wowed by a dramatic projection show on to the supersonic jet that tells the story of Concorde and what it was like to fly at twice the speed of sound. 

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Lloyd Burnell, Executive Director of Aerospace Bristol, said “Aerospace Bristol offers something for everyone: Concorde, as always, has the power to amaze and looks just stunning in her new home; we have created a first-class exhibition to tell the story of Bristol’s aerospace achievements from 1910 to the modern day, and there are great fun interactives to keep all members of the family interested and entertained. We hope that all those who saw Concorde on her final flight into Filton that historic day will want to be one of the first to come and pay tribute to this very special design and engineering icon and learn about the Bristol people who worked here over the years. Tickets are available now at”


National Lottery players have helped the new museum to take flight, as the project received a £4.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “From First World War fighter planes to the ground-breaking Concorde, British aviation was born and bred at Filton Airfield and thanks to National Lottery players, Aerospace Bristol is an incredible gateway to that heritage. We’ve been delighted to support this project and all the wonderful team and volunteers who have made it possible – we look forward to Aerospace Bristol’s continuing success.”

The new museum also gratefully received generous support from corporate partners – including Rolls Royce, Airbus, BAE, South Gloucestershire Council, GKN and Renishaw. 

Fundraising is not yet complete and the museum is appealing for public donations and asking people to share their memories of Concorde via an online ‘memory map’ at

Aerospace Bristol tickets are available to purchase upon arrival at the museum, to book online at or by phone on 01179 315 315 during museum opening hours. Tickets entitle visitors to enjoy free day return visits for a whole year from the date that they are first used (T&Cs apply) and make an ideal present for birthdays, anniversaries or special family get-togethers. Advance booking guarantees entry to the museum on your chosen day and you can choose to print at home to enjoy ‘speedy boarding’ - avoiding queues at the admissions desk.

Aerospace Bristol is also open for community group and school bookings. Working with industry partners, the museum has developed a practical and inspiring learning programme for school groups of all ages and aims to inspire young people to pursue exciting careers in science and technology. 

Aerospace Bristol wants your memories of Concorde

Martha Lewington

The first 250 people to share their story and give a donation to the museum were invited to a Red Arrows flypast with a sneak preview of Concorde.

Do you remember exactly where you were on 26th November 2003 when Concorde graced the skies for the final time? Were you at the Clifton Suspension Bridge as our most famous and iconic aircraft soared over head? Did you see her touch down for the last time on that damp Wednesday afternoon at Filton?

Perhaps you have earlier memories of Concorde. Do you remember the very first flight? Were you or one of your relatives among the engineers who played a role in creating the iconic supersonic jet? Did you fly from London to New York for a breakfast meeting? Or enjoy a supersonic tour of the Bay of Biscay?

Aerospace Bristol has created an online ‘Concorde Memory Map’ where you can browse a treasure trove of Concorde anecdotes and add your stories for others to enjoy. Your memories will also be added to the new museum’s digital archive – ensuring that they are preserved, ready to inspire the next generation of engineers.

To celebrate the launch of the Concorde memory map, the new home of the last Concorde ever to fly invited the first 250 people to share their story and give a donation to a special preview event on the afternoon of Wednesday 16th August 2017. Those 250 supporters were invited into Aerospace Bristol and took part in a Red Arrows photo shoot, standing in the iconic shape of Concorde as the Red Arrows flew overhead and captured images from the air. Guests were then invited into the museum’s new Concorde hangar to enjoy an exclusive sneak preview of Concorde ahead of the museum opening later this year.

Iain Gray, Chairman of Aerospace Bristol, said: “Aerospace Bristol will celebrate the innovation and endeavor of those generations who went before us and inspire young people to consider careers in science and technology. We are asking everyone who has a Concorde story, and shares our aim of keeping the spirit of Concorde alive, to please share their story with us and support us with a kind donation. Your contribution truly will make a difference.”

To share your Concorde memories, visit and give a donation that will help keep the memory of Concorde alive.