There are loads of places around the UK which
are associated with Britain’s aerospace industry. Some of them might be near to where
you live! Let’s spin the propeller and see where we’re headed today!
It’s BRISTOL! Get ready for take-off! Bristol is in the South West of the UK. We’re
headed for Filton – a place which has a long aviation history.
Airplane production began here over 100 years ago in 1910. Filton was home to the Bristol
Fighter plane that was used to defend the skies in the First World War – it was the
Spitfire of its day. It’s also where the Blenheim was made – that
was a fighter used by the Royal Air Force in the early days of World War II.
Filton has also been home to the manufacture of helicopters and even satellites. But one
of its most famous developments was Concorde. Concorde was a passenger jet developed by
the British and French. It was launched in the 1970s and could travel at supersonic speeds.
It could fly between London and New York in as little as two and a half hours – reaching
speeds of one thousand three hundred miles an hour.
This incredible plane was designed and assembled in Filton. 20 planes were built but only 14
ever entered service. The cabin was quite small, with room for only 120 passengers.
Compare that with over 600 who can fly on an Airbus A380!
Concordes don’t fly any more, and although in their day they used some of the most advanced
technology available, they now take their place in aviation history. You can see the
remaining Concordes at airfields around the world – including at Filton.
But the idea of supersonic travel isn’t over. With advancements in materials and aerodynamics,
a number of companies are looking again at supersonic passenger planes. And we may well
see one again within a decade. Ah, it’s time for me to take to the air
again. See you next time! AMY AVIATION’S BRITISH AERONAUTICS – WITH
SUPPORT FROM THE ROYAL AERONAUTICAL SOCIETY. FIND OUT MORE AT FUN KIDS LIVE / AMY