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NEW CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES

Brabazon was a groundbreaker in technology, showing that Bristol was still in the forefront of innovation. She was to have a fully stressed skin construction and be built to the tolerances now the norm in aircraft construction. This method provided for the structure to take greater loading whilst still only of minimal weight.

Brabazon would also have fully powered flying controls, be fully pressurised and have air-conditioning. All this had to be designed and many new skills were being learnt.

These new construction methods would greatly improve the viability of modern passenger aircraft. Fitters would learn new skills to enable them to work too much closer tolerances and begin to understand some of the stresses imposed on an airframe in flight and on the ground.

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This is page 2 of The Bristol Brabazon - Engineering masterpiece or Great White Elephant.
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Brabazon MkI - Construction Phase

Brabazon MkI - Construction Phase
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Brabazon moves into its purpose built Assembly Shed

Brabazon moves into its purpose built Assembly Shed
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Brabazon gets her wings

Brabazon gets her wings
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