7th June 2018 Summer Outing.
On June 7th, members of Cheltenham Branch assembled in Filton for this year’s summer outing to Aerospace Bristol. Here, members were treated to static displays, interactive exhibits, mock-ups, models, replicas, excavated wreckage, and many actual examples of historic aircraft and other vehicles. These exhibits charted the development of the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company, from the Bristol Tramways and Carriage Company in 1910, to becoming the British Aircraft Corporation; which co-designed, developed and built Concorde in the 1960s and 70s. Whilst the ultimate exhibit was Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the last to be made and, in 2003, the last to fly; other attractions included missiles, aircraft engines …and a clock made from repurposed aircraft parts! After an extensive tour of the exhibits, members took lunch at the museum and reflected on what they had seen, and in some cases their involvement in some of the projects exhibited. Members are especially grateful to our Secretary who first proposed the outing, and our Treasurer for his input to the organisation of the event.