Aviation Archive Registration Acknowledgements
BAC 100: 2010. Join in the Celebrations of 100 Years of Aviation in the West of England. Aviation image sequence: Photograph of the Bristol Flying School at Larkhill by T L Fuller © J T Fuller. Mercury engine installation diagram, courtesy of BAC/Rolls-Royce. Selection of old postcards from the collection of Jackie Sims. Photograph of A380 over Clifton Suspension Bridge courtesy of Airbus SAS 2006. Computer generated image of A350 XWB courtesy of Airbus. Artist's impressions of main exhibition by Simon Gurr. Sir George White (Airbus).
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General Aviation

This section includes details of resources about general aviation, focussing mainly on the UK industry.

Suitable for children icon. Resources particularly suitable for children are marked with this symbol.


Chronicle of Aviation (1992) J L International Publishing

Croucher, Richard (1982) Engineers at War 1939-1945 Merlin Press: London (includes aviation industry)

Hillary, Richard (1942) The Last Enemy Macmillan: London

Lewis, Cecil (1936) Sagittarius Rising Peter Davies: London

Penrose, Harold (1988) An Ancient Air: a Biography of John Stringfellow of Chard, the Victorian Aeronautical Pioneer Airlife Publishing Ltd: Shrewsbury

Penrose, Harold (1958) No Echo in the Sky Cassell: London

Pudney, John (1959) The Seven Skies: a Study of BOAC and its Forerunners Since 1919 Putnam: London

Robinson, Derek (1971) Goshawk Squadron Heinemann: London and (1983) Piece of Cake Hamish Hamilton: London (both fiction)

Saint-Exupery, Antoine de (1995, translation) Wind, Sand and Stars Penguin: Harmondsworth

Shute, Nevile (1948) No Highway Vintage Classics: London (fictional story of RAES engineer involved in airframe fatigue tests)

Turner, John Frayn (2003) Heroic Flights: the First 100 Years of Aviation Leo Cooper: Barnsley

Vines, Mark (1995) Wind in the Wires: a Golden Era of Flight 1909-1939 Airlife: Marlborough

Wellum, Geoffrey (2002) First Light Viking: London

Yeates, W V (1934) Winged Victory (semi-autobiographical fiction) Cape: London

Suitable for children icon. Arnold, Nick and Tony de Saulles (2004) The Fearsome Fight for Flight Scholastic: London

Suitable for children icon. Harrison, Peter (2000) All About Inventions Southwater: London (includes sections on flight)

Suitable for children icon. Nahum, Andrew (2003) Flying Machine Dorling Kindersley: London

Places to Go

Suitable for children icon. The Flight Zone at At-Bristol on Bristol's Harbourside helps visitors understand more about the factors which affect flight and build their own flying objects.

The Royal Air Force Museum has public locations in Colindale in North London and Cosford near Birmingham. Admission is free.

The Flight gallery at the Science Museum in London reflects both British and international achievements in aviation. Admission is free.

The Imperial War Museum at Duxford in Cambridgeshire is devoted to flight. There is an admission charge.

The National Museum of Flight at East Fortune in Scotland is packed with aircraft that reveal how flight developed from the Wright brothers to Concorde. There is an admission charge.

The Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire is famous for its regular flying displays. There is an admission charge.

The Fleet Air Arm Museum is Europe's largest naval aircraft collection.


Aviation Ancestry provides a pictorial history of the British aviation industry from 1900 to 1970 as seen from classic advertisements.

The British Model Flying Association is the body delegated by the Royal Aero Club to be responsible for all aspects of model flying in Great Britain.

The Royal Aero Club is the national co-ordinating body for Air Sport in the UK.

The Royal Aeronautical Society is the world's only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community.

Aeroflight aims to provide an authoritative information forum for aviation enthusiasts around the world.

The Flightglobal Archive invites you to explore 100 years of aviation history as it appeared in the original pages of Flight Magazine from 1909-2005.

The Century of Flight includes images of classic aviation posters, a timeline, pioneer biographies and histories of a various types of aircraft.

The website for the journal Aeroplane includes a glossary of historic aviation terms.
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Blenheims on patrol (Bristol Aero Collection).
The Launch-It exhibit in At-Bristol.

Laura, a Virgin Atlantic flight attendant, reads The 2010 Book of Aviation Wonder which was specially published for BAC 100.
Laura, a Virgin Atlantic flight attendant, reads The 2010 Book of Aviation Wonder which was specially published for BAC 100.
Although some of the language and sentiments of Captain W E John's Biggles are now considered inappropriate, many still enjoy these adventures of a flying ace.

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