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Apr 05, 2016 19:53 |  #1

The British and Colonial Aeroplane Company, as it started out life as, Later becoming the Bristol Aeroplane Company.

First up the other replica from the film Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, along with the Avro Type IV Triplane already featured in this series. The Bristol Aeroplane Company Biplane, which was also known as the Boxkite or the Birdcage. It was a copy of the Farman design, and was the first type built by Bristol.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Fc7K​dd  (external link) Bristol Biplane (Boxkite) (external link) by Alan Evans (external link), on Flickr

Early on in WWI came the Scout series, with four main variants. The photo is of an RNAS Scout D of 1915/16 vintage with early roundels in the opposite order to those later adopted by the British. This replica was built by the original pilots grandson, and uses some original parts. The aircraft was operated in The Levant and Turkey by the RNAS, and the machine was lost when the ship returining it to the UK was lost at sea in the Bristol Channel.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Fvj9​3c  (external link) Bristol Scout Type D (external link) by Alan Evans (external link), on Flickr

Next yet another replica, this time the Bristol M1C monoplane. One of the few monoplanes to see service with the RFC/RNAS, and the only British design. It was very successful, but a corporate distrust of monoplanes by the war office meant it was used only in small numbers in the middle east.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/Ft1Z​Mw  (external link) Bristol M1C (external link) by Alan Evans (external link), on Flickr

Next probably the most successful two seat fighter type to see service in WWI, and a type that was still serving in the 1930's. The Bristol F2b Fighter.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/gYeM​Ji  (external link) Bristol F2b Fighter (external link) by Alan Evans (external link), on Flickr

Now we come to the inter war years, and the Bristol Bulldog MK II, the type that Douglas Bader was flying when he crashed doing low level aerobatics, leading to the loss of both legs.

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The Bristol Blenheim was the fastest aircraft in the world when it entered service as a light bomber. So fast was it that some were converted to fighter configuration for bomber interception. The Blenheim was the first type to use AI Radar to shoot down an enemy aircraft at night. The Beaufort torpedo bomber was developed from the Blenheim, and the later Beaufighter was developed from that. So this was a start to a family of types that would serve with distinction throughout WWII.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/FzLK​w7  (external link) Bristol Blenheim Mk IF (external link) by Alan Evans (external link), on Flickr

And here is the Beaufighter, undergoing restoration at IWM Duxford.

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/eDPT​Nv  (external link) Bristol Beaufighter (external link) by Alan Evans (external link), on Flickr

Finally we come to the Bristol Bloodhound SAM System. Although I never worked on them the ground radar components of the Bloodhound SAM System were the responsibility of my RAF Trade: Electronics Technician Air Defence (LTechAD).

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/oHJy​Nm  (external link) Bristol Bloodhound Surface to Air Missile (external link) by Alan Evans (external link), on Flickr


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Apr 05, 2016 20:23 |  #2

Thanks for more interesting history!


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Apr 05, 2016 20:37 |  #3

PhotosGuy wrote in post #17962158 (external link)
Thanks for more interesting history!

Well if you are going to make historic aircraft the main subject of your photography it seems not unreasonable to be interested in that history. So you might as well give some context to the photographic images, that you may not be able to get over in a photograph. I guess being a qualified adult ed teacher has something to do with it too.

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Apr 05, 2016 21:35 |  #4

Very nice Alan - very informative and interesting with the pictures, being an aviation buff of over 40 years - i love All things that have a way of flying so its great to see content like this.

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Apr 06, 2016 04:35 |  #5

awesome stuff.... waits patiently for the "V is for Vickers" series... :-)


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Apr 06, 2016 06:31 |  #6

joeseph wrote in post #17962468 (external link)
awesome stuff.... waits patiently for the "V is for Vickers" series... :-)

I'm more interested in what I might be able to do for Z. Oh and do I do Supermarine as part of Vickers or not?

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