Aerospace Bristol to ‘return to flight’ on 1st August
The family visitor attraction, which offers the chance to step aboard the last Concorde ever to fly, is certified as ‘Good to go’ by Visit Britain, with new Covid-19 safety measures in place
Aerospace Bristol has announced that it will reopen its doors to visitors from Saturday 1st August, with tickets available to book now at aerospacebristol.org.
The museum will open from 10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Tickets must be booked in advance and numbers are strictly limited to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
Rachel Chivers, Visitor Services Manager, said: “We can’t wait to welcome visitors back to Aerospace Bristol from the start of August. The museum is always so popular in the summer, with children enjoying our time-travel trail, the outdoor play area, the interactive exhibits and, of course, all the amazing aeroplanes, helicopters and space technology on display.”
Aerospace Bristol is set to open its doors having received ‘Good to go’ certification from Visit Britain. The 'We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 industry standard and consumer mark confirms that the attraction adheres to Government and public health guidance.
New safety measures include a one-way route around the museum, with visitors encouraged to stick to the ‘flight path’ as they follow the story of Bristol’s aerospace achievements. The story begins with the formation of the Bristol Aeroplane Company and some of the earliest powered flights, before exploring Bristol’s contribution to two World Wars, the space race, the supersonic Concorde, and the cutting-edge technology of today’s aerospace industry.
“We’re fortunate that the museum is situated in large, spacious aircraft hangars”, Chivers adds. “There’s lots of space between the exhibits and an easy-to-follow one-way route, which will allow people to enjoy a family day out while maintaining safe social distancing. We also have a large outdoor space, where the kids can enjoy the Little Pilots play area, while the grown-ups grab a coffee and bite to eat from the cafe.”
The museum’s star attraction - the last Concorde ever to fly - will be open, with visitors able to step on-board the supersonic jet and glimpse into the cockpit.
Due to the confined nature of the aircraft, visitors will be asked to take extra precautions if they wish to go on board Concorde as part of their visit. These include wearing a face covering while on-board and using hand sanitiser both prior to boarding and upon exiting Concorde.
The museum exhibition includes a stunning show projected on to the side of Concorde, giving visitors the chance to learn all about a remarkable aircraft that cruised at 1,350mph - twice the speed of sound - and reached altitudes of 60,000 feet, where passengers could see the curvature of the Earth from their windows.
Tickets to Aerospace Bristol are available to book now at aerospacebristol.org. Discounted family tickets are available, as well as reduced price tickets for seniors and students. Aerospace Bristol tickets include free return visits for 12 months from the date they are first used.
About Aerospace Bristol
Aerospace Bristol is located on the historic Filton Airfield, off Hayes Way and just a few minutes from Cribbs Causeway
The main Aerospace Bristol exhibition is housed in a 103-year-old grade II listed building, originally built as an aircraft acceptance park, where airframes and engines were put together and flown to the front during WW1.
Objects in the exhibition include:
- Model aircraft, including a model Bristol Boxkite
- A Bristol babe replica
- A Bristol Scout replica
- A Bristol Fighter replica
- Engines, including the Hercules, Pegasus and Olympus 593
- The forward section of a Bristol Beaufighter
- The forward section of a Bristol Britannia
- A Bristol 403 car
- A Bloodhound surface-to-air missile
- A towed Rapier surface-to-air missile
- A Skylark rocket
- Various model satellites
- A Sea Harrier
- Lots of interactive exhibits
- And of course, Concorde Alpha Foxtrot, the last Concorde ever to fly
Average cruise speed: 1,320mph (Mach 2.02)
Typical take-off speed: 250mph (220kt)
Max take-off weight: 185,070kg (408,000lb)
Cabin width: 2.63m (8ft 8in)
Height: 11.30m (37ft 1in)
Wing span: 25.56m (83ft 10in)
Length: 62.10m (203ft 9in)
- The record time across the Atlantic was 2hr 52 min 59s this was new York to London
- Components for Concorde were manufactured in several locations in the UK and France, and there were two assembly lines, one at Filton and one at Toulouse.
- The first British prototype made its first flight from Filton on 9th April 1969, 38 days after the French prototype.
- Concorde was powered by four Rolls-Royce/SNECMA Olympus 593 engines. This engine is the direct descendant of the Bristol-Siddeley Olympus, the world’s first two-spool axial-flow turbojet engine, designed and built in Patchway.
- The final Concorde flight was made on 26th November 2003, when Concorde 216 flew from Heathrow to its final destination - Filton.
- Concorde G-BOAF has 100 seats.
- A total of 20 were built and all 20 flew - but only the last 16 flew commercially
- 2 Prototypes
- 2 Pre-production
- 8 British
- 8 French