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FILTON - THE AIRCRAFT: Contents

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No. Title Description
1  The beginnings in 1910  The British and Colonial Aeroplane Company, as it was first named, was not the first aircraft manufacturer in Britain. Short Brothers Limited and Handley Page Limited had sta...
2  The Boxkite is born  George H Challenger, the newly appointed engineer and works manager at the old tramway sheds at Filton set about constructing a Farman type biplane, it came to be called a Box...
3  The Bristol Glider and biplane type T  Whilst the Boxkite was being produced, George Challenger the Chief Engineer who had been instrumental in its success, also designed the two seat Bristol biplane glider. It ha...
4  An aviation giant is born  Boxkites proved such a successful venture that the company directors first raised the capital to £50000 and then doubled it again to £100000 to cope with the deman...
5  Henri Coanda  In late 1911, Sir George White, although not an aviator himself, was a keen observer and able to spot men with the necessary talent to design and motivate others. He became a...
6  Gordon England  E GORDON ENGLAND

1910 not only saw these new aviation companies but a greater awareness of this new technology amongst the older established branches of engineering...
7  Gordon England moves on to Cars  His second design, the G.E.1 Biplane (no 64), was much more successful, begun in 1911 it aimed to provide a military two seater that could quickly have the wings detached in o...
8  Barnwell's talent to the fore.  Frank Barnwell had joined the company, see the sparate story for his life, and had worked with Harry Busteed on one of his seaplanes. But once released from this project he s...
9  Other Early Bristol aircraft  In the early years of the company, Sir George White's vision explored many different types of aircraft. He was always the businessman but would consider many of the aircraft ...
10  The Famous Bristol Fighter  In march 1916 the factory at Filton were heavily engaged in producing B.E. two-seaters of various types. It was getting dated and Captain Barnwell from personal experience ha...
11  The Brisfit comes of age.  The unfortunate aircraft being flown as the method dictated suffered further losses and moral dropped, was this aircraft not the hoped for cure for the Boche's triumphs! Pilo...
12  Other WWI design ventures.  In 1916 the Royal Flying Corp was short of fighting Scouts, with speed and agility to report on enemy concentrations . Fokker monoplanes with synchronised machine guns were t...
13  World War I late ventures  In 1916 the RFC were desperate to find single seat Scouts which could outfly their opponents. Rotary engines were the norm but at the limits of their power band. Other optio...
14  Post war developments  In 1917 the company were already looking at replacements for the Bristol Fighter F.2B, at that time in full production at more than one site. Barnwell submitted a design but ...
15  The First Passenger Aircraft ventures.  In 1917, the Germans mounted the first bombing raids on London using the large Gotha, this led to the creation of the 41st Wing RFC. They were to get very large aircraft for ...