The largest airliner that the United Kingdom ever built was the piston powered Bristol Brabazon. Featuring a wingspan greater than a Boeing 747, it was truly something else.
Unfortunately, it was designed for an era that had already passed. Featuring on board sleeping berths, a dining room and even a cinema, it was completely unsuitable for the market.
Bristol Brabazon Video
Following on from last weeks video on the Boeing 2707 American Supersonic, this video is made by the same people. It shows the history of the Bristol Brabazon.
It was designed as an ocean liner of the skies, with the capability of flying non-stop from London to New York. Luxury was the name of the game, with a passenger capacity of between 50 and 100 people.
Fully pressurised, it contained a cocktail bar and ample space for everyone on board. While it could have carried up to 300 people, this was not the design intent.
Eight engines were required to get the aircraft into the air, and even then it only had a slow cruising speed of around 250 miles per hour. Arriving on scene at the same time as the first jets, it was a white elephant from the start.
Ambition was certainly prevalent back in the post war era. Had the Bristol Brabazon entered production around ten years earlier, it could possibly have been a success.
Technology progressed very quickly during World War II and just overtook this aircraft, making it irrelevant. The money spent was essentially wasted.
The prototype flew in 1949 and was scrapped in 1953 after no airlines showed any interest in the product. While it is a footnote in aviation history, it is an interesting thing to remember.
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