Bristol and Gloucestershire Aerospace Industry

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The Bristol Aeroplane Company was established in 1910 at Filton on a site that is now an Airbus design and engineering centre. BAE Systems also have facilities at Filton. Bristol aircraft engines were first built at the nearby Patchway site in the 1930s, part of which Rolls-Royce uses to manufacture aero engines. From Boxkite to Concorde many famous aircraft were built at Bristol. Beginning with fighter aircraft manufactured during World War One, Gloster Aircraft went on to produce aircraft until closure in 1964, including the RAF’s last biplane and its first jet fighter. Dowty Aviation developed landing gear and fuel control systems and acquired Rotol Airscrews. Parnall constructed aircraft and gun turrets at sites in Bristol and Yate. This book covers the wider aspects of the aviation industry, including its industrial heritage, social and economic impacts, technological developments, and continuing significance, utilising a number of archives to create a unique and well-illustrated view of aviation around Bristol and Gloucestershire.


Steph Gillett is a railway enthusiast and museum curator. He is also a member of the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust. He lives in Bristol.