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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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The BAC 100 programme of events finished at the end of December 2010 with the exception of the Flight exhibition (see below) which continued at the City Museum and Art Gallery.

On 26 January, Bristol's City Museum and Art Gallery will be showing archive film footage of the city including colour footage of Bristol Airport from the 1960's, the building of the Brabazon, Concorde coming out of its hangar in 1968, as well as technical film from the demonstrating the sleeve valve engine. The event is called 'In the Nick of Time' and is introduced by Graeme Spink of the South West Film and Television Archive. Entry is free and it starts at 6.15pm. The museum café will be open for refreshments.

Flight: 100 years of the Bristol Aeroplane Company

Flight: 100 years of the Bristol Aeroplane Company (photo credit: Ignition).
Photo credit: Ignition.

Travel back in time from today's cutting edge technology through two World Wars to the pioneering Sir George White, founder of the Bristol Aeroplane Company (BAC) in 1910, in this FREE interactive exhibition.

Pass through the security scanner and get ready for take off!

Crawl through the fuselage tunnel and scan the skies in the wartime bunker. Dress up for role-playing.

Archive photographs and film footage bring the past to life.

Oral histories share memories of working in one of the world's most important aviation factories.

Numerous objects, large and small, have been loaned from private, regional and national collections.

Model aeroplanes, suspended and swooping overhead, reflect innovative West of England designs from the Boxkite to the Airbus fleet.

See a replica of BAC's smallest ever aeroplane – Babe. And be amazed at the scale of the awesome Brabazon! Also on display are stunning engines including a Jupiter and a section of a turbofan Pegasus.

Experience the amazing story of 100 years of aviation in the West of England. And tell us what you think: What does the future of flight hold?

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery Queen's Road, Bristol BS8 1RL
Tel: 0117 922 3571
Open daily 10.30am-5pm
Late night opening until 8pm every Wednesday

Wallace and Gromit Take Flight

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© Aardman/Wallace and Gromit 2009

Wallace and Gromit are big fans of flight, as the compilation above shows, and they've given us an idea for a BAC 100 competition for children. Create a picture of Wallace and Gromit flying in one of the 'Bristol' aeroplanes or helicopters – there are lots of photos on this website to give you ideas. You can use felt tips, crayons, paints, collage – whatever you like. There will be aviation-themed prizes for the best entries in each age category: 7 and under, 8 to 11, 12 to 16.

Send your picture to BAC 100, Bristol Creative Projects, Leigh Court, Abbots Leigh, Bristol BS8 3RA. Write your name, address and age on the back of the picture. Closing date: Friday 26 November 2010.

We are unable to return pictures to senders but a selection will be scanned and added to the BAC 100 website.

Private tours of Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust

City Sightseeing is offering a bus trip with a rare opportunity to step inside and enjoy a guided tour of the Trust's museum of aero engines. Within its secure defence site this museum has limited public accessibility, but during the BAC 100 celebrations the Trust has generously offered a limited number of enthusiast groups only to book private guided tours through City Sightseeing. Cost: Availability and prices on request. Private trips only, with maximum group size of 27 people For Enquiries and Bookings: please call 0117 367 0208, email nicola.citysightseeing@yahoo.com for more details. Download the poster for further details.
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The final update of the BAC 100 website was made on 11 January 2011. We are unable to make any further changes as the project has now ended but the website will remain accessible for the foreseeable future.

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