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The Final failure and destruction

What went wrong? Well nothing; the aircraft was built, flown and proved itself worthy. What had happened was that the world economics following a World War moved on too fast no longer were nations helping one another but instead fiercely competing for the markets to pay for the war.

America had done well, being given the jet engine technology and the wartime right to produce transport aircraft. Now in the war's aftermath they had masses of redundant aircraft with a seemingly endless supply of spares. American salesmen exploited this globally and gained markets. These markets would easily convert when the likes of Boeing and McDonnell Douglas came along with their new post war jet airliners, the 707 and the DC8.

The Brabazon nevertheless, had shown the way, it had pioneered fully powered flying controls, it had laid the standards for air conditioning and cabin pressurisation. The decision to use gas turbines came too late, but even with these, the marketing was wrong. The Americans realised that people wanted to travel; they wanted to come to Europe to see for themselves the devastation and the places where loved ones were buried. The Brabazon was marketed for rich passengers to fly in luxury and the lead that aircraft manufacturers in the UK could have had was gone. It nearly regained it with the Comet but accidents put this aircraft out of the picture. The Americans never looked back.

This is page 9 of The Bristol Brabazon - Engineering masterpiece or Great White Elephant.
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The White Elephant Theory

The White Elephant Theory
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One of the luxury cabin areas planned for the aircraft

One of the luxury cabin areas planned for the aircraft
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The Newpapers gave it headline space.

The Newpapers gave it headline space.
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