News Listings for Bristol Britannia

  • Flight 100 - History 1949-1958

    News | 02 Jan 2009 00:01 | Bill Gunston

    Despite its problems, the Comet was a revolution in air transport. But this would be a decade of firsts, many of them British
  • 60 years of Farnborough air shows

    News | 03 Jul 2008 11:51 | Ian Goold

    <P>The Farnborough air show has moved only a small distance across the airfield, but it has flown a very long way in its 60 years. We review many of the world-famous event's developments and highlights.</P> <P>The Farnborough air show has reached its 60th birthday, and organiser Farnborough International is continuing to evolve and exploit the exhibition site. </P> <P>A subsidiary of the Society of British Aerospace Companies, Farnborough International is taking the show into its seventh decade with vigour, applying 60 years' experience of meeting exhibitor needs, originally from parochial UK companies, then a fast-consolidating European region, and - since 1974 - from the worldwide industry. </P> <P>&nbsp;</P> <P> <TABLE style="WIDTH: 445px" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TH><IMG style="WIDTH: 438px; HEIGHT: 325px" alt="at the first farnborough air show " src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=23650" border=0>&nbsp;</TH></TR> <TR> <TD> <H6 align=right>&nb
  • 50 years ago: 6 March 2007

    News | 06 Mar 2007 00:00

    <P>&nbsp;</P> <P> <TABLE style="BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse" borderColor=#000000 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width=450 align=center bgColor=#f9e8ba border=0> <TBODY> <TR> <TD> <P align=center><IMG style="WIDTH: 220px; HEIGHT: 102px" alt="" src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=10970" border=0></P> <P align=center><BR><STRONG>Flight 8.3.1957</STRONG></P> <P align=center><IMG style="WIDTH: 50px; HEIGHT: 50px" alt="" src="../assets/getAsset.aspx?ItemID=12740" border=0></P><STRONG> <P>Red Star Turboprop </P> <P>Confirmation that a four-engined Antonov turbo&shy;prop is soon to go into service is forthcoming from the Russian armed forces newspaper Red Star. The new turboprop, which is to be called the "Ukraine", is said to have a high wing, to be capable of carrying 70-80 passengers at a cruising speed of about 370 m.p.h., to be pressurized, and to operate at an altitude of about 30,000ft. It is also stated that the aircraft is capable of maintaining height on two engines and of tak
  • Straight & Level 12.2.1954

    News | 10 Feb 2004 00:00

    <p>The Britannia Mishap</p> <p>While making a routine C. of A. flight on Thursday, February 4th, the second prototype Bristol Britannia developed a fire in an engine nacelle and was forced to make an emergency landing on the shore at Littleton-upon-Severn. The pilot was Mr. A. J. Pegg, and there was on board a total of fourteen crew, observers and official passengers. Only one, Mr. J. Parry, the radio officer, received slight injuries. The Britannia, G-ALRX, had been airborne for about an hour when fire in the starboard inner nacelle was detected in the cockpit and noted by one of the passengers. The fire-extinguishing equipment for the Proteus turboprop was operated but was apparently ineffective in what seems to have been an oil-fed fire in the nacelle behind the engine. The Proteus turboprops are mounted high and their jet-pipes pass over the wing. The aircraft was at the time flying at 9,000ft above cloud at an approximate position over Ledbury, near Worcester, 50 miles north of F
  • Former CAA test pilot, Davies, dies

    News | 13 Jan 2004 00:00

    <p>David Davies, chief test pilot for the UK Civil Aviation Authority for 33 years, died on 30 November, aged 83. A former Royal Navy pilot, Davies joined the CAA as chief test pilot in 1949 and was instrumental in drafting pilot-handling requirements for jet aircraft, drawing up new rules governing aircraft stability, control, performance and flying qualities. He flew the Vickers Viscount, Bristol Britannia, de Havilland Comet, Concorde and most modern jet aircraft. Davies persuaded Boeing to include a bigger fin and full-time rudder boost on the 707, and insisted that UK-registered 727s should have automatic stick-pushers to protect the average airline pilot from the "superstall", a flaw endemic in T-tailed rear-engined aircraft. He had previously had stickpushers fitted to the BAC One-Eleven and Hawker Siddeley Trident.</p>
  • Ten ideas that failed

    News | 16 Dec 2003 00:00

    <p>Heroic dead-ends</p> <p>A technology does not have to be a technical failure to be a dead-end - commerce, prejudice or politics can consign it to the dustbin of history just as effectively. So a radical machine still flying successfully but for which there is no Mk2 waiting in the wings is one without a future. In the same way, a dramatic technical advance which only ever fills a niche role, or fails to attract competitors using similar technology, is to all intents and purposes a failure - the large passenger-carrying hovercraft is the perfect example.</p> <p>1 Supersonic travel </p> <p>What a huge irony it is that the Concorde was retired in this, the centennial year of powered flight. In the end, high speeds and shorter journey times were not enough. Perhaps if the Concorde had been twice as big, a little slower, had a much greater range, been a lot quieter and more fuel-efficient, then it would have been a success. But there never was a Mk2 Concorde to prove that theory.</p>