The British Aircraft Industry – The Bristol Aircraft Company
Author: Roy Evans
A series of books that cover the British Aircraft Industry in the Twentieth Century. From young men interested in ballooning or making model aircraft, they developed aircraft for wartime and passenger transport.
Bristol Aviation origin was slightly different. Sir George White was already a very successful businessman before he formed the original British and Colonial Aeroplane Company. This went on very quickly to be known as the Bristol Aeroplane CPmpany, who by 1910 were building the Bristol Boxkite. It was realised that flying schools would be needed to train pilots and by 1914, half of all RFC pilots had learnt to fly Bristol aircraft at either Brooklands or Larkhill.
Bristols went on to build a range of successful military aircraft from 1911 until the early 1950s. Then three iconic aircraft, the Bristol Freighter, the Bristol Brabazon and the Bristol Britannia were constructed along with Helicopters and Aero Engines.
Bristol Aviation became one of the founder members of the British Aircraft Corporation and as such were heavily involved with the production of Concorde.
Author: Roy Evans has been a keen amateur military historian for forty years, studying the United States 8th Army Air Force, when he lived in East Anglia and more recently whilst living in Northamptonshire, Royal Air Force Bomber Command. Roy is a member of several organisations, supporting the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association for the last twenty five years and also the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby.
As a member of the Royal Air Force Historical Society for several years he regularly attends their meetings. He is the Retford U3A Group Leader for their Military History Group and is a regular speaker at their monthly meetings.
He has also written a number of books and has had a number of works published in specialist aviation magazines. He is a regular contributor to the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association’s journal ‘Memorial Flight’.