|The BAC Story
In 2010 we're celebrating the centenary of West of England achievement in aviation, focusing on the roots and legacy of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, and speculating what might lie ahead in the future.
As well as pushing forward the boundaries of technology, the industry has employed hundreds of thousands of people, including three or more generations of the same family; had a major impact upon the physical, economic, cultural and social development of the areas in which its factories are located; helped build communities in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and the wider city-region; established links around the globe through business connections and the opening up of world travel; and diversified into the building of buses, boats, cars, satellites, missiles, mobile phones and prefabricated buildings, among many other products.
In this section we've listed, decade by decade, just some of the many major events and important breakthroughs that have taken place since 1910.
A Century of Achievement
Bill Morgan, a retired BAC employee who volunteers at Bristol Aero Collection, Kemble, has compiled a list of Bristol aviation achievements from 1910 to 2010 covering aircraft, engines, space and missiles. This can be downloaded as the Word document Bristol Achievements.
Engine Slide Show
The Video Archive Team at the Bristol Branch of the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust (Ralph Denning, John Goodwin, Don Manning and Pat Wilson) have produced a PowerPoint slide show covering Bristol poppet and sleeve-valve engines from World War One to 1965 which you can view here:
RRHT Bristol Piston Engines Slide Show - Part 1 (Powerpoint file).
Brazil Straker and Cosmos
RRHT Bristol Piston Engines Slide Show - Part 2 (Powerpoint file).
Fedden at BAC to Short-Stroke Mercury
RRHT Bristol Piston Engines Slide Show - Part 3 (Powerpoint file).
Jupiter VI to Phoenix
RRHT Bristol Piston Engines Slide Show - Part 4 (Powerpoint file).
Hydra to Sleeve Valves
The research advisors were John Heaven and Alan Baxter.
Bus Parade Slide Show
Tony Plummer has created a slide show of the vehicles on parade at the centenary rally that took place on 13 June 2010. It has been designed to be opened with Office 2007 or Microsoft's latest free Viewer.
Bus Parade Slide Show (Powerpoint file).
Sir George White Poem
Claire Williamson, who is leading the creative writing workshops in schools as part of BAC 100, has written her own poem about Sir George White, founder of BAC 100. This can be downloaded as the Word document Sir George White.
Two Years in the Aeroplane Factory
John Terry has written a collection of poems inspired by his experience of working on the master gauges for the Airbus 320 as an on-site contractor in the 1980s. The collection is called Two Years in the Aeroplane Factory and is a series of snapshots of the tooling process. John hopes it will be published next year. You can have a preview of one of the poems by clicking on this link – Tea.
Commemorative Boxkite Flights
Al Foot has made successful flights with this model Bristol Boxkite to mark the centenary of the aircraft's maiden flight at Larkhill on 30 July 1910. You can see film footage on You Tube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=C183oqUUf7g and
Here are some photos of his model.