Bristol Brabazon

I have not been able to make much progress on the Buzz Bomb over the past two weeks. The United Express summer flying schedule out of Dulles Airport is very busy this year.  So the good news is lots of time flying around the eastern half of the United States in the CRJ-700, but less time in my model airplane workshop.  July should be a lot better with a few days of vacation to look forward to!

The Bristol Brabazon being towed to the flight line

The Bristol Brabazon being towed to the flight line

I added a page today on the development of the Bristol Brabazon, an early attempt by the British to build an airliner that could fly across the Atlantic non-stop.

We take long-range air travel for granted these days. Just as recently as June 3rd of this year, United Airlines inaugurated the longest non-stop flight by a U.S. airline with service between San Francisco and Singapore.  The length of this flight depends on the headwinds, but the initial flights were around 16 hours and 40 minutes.  I predict this will be a popular route as the previous stop in Narita or Hong Kong enroute to Singapore has been bypassed.

But these long range non-stop flights entailed a great deal of development. Work had to be done on everything from aircraft design to the all-important use of efficient jet turbine engines.

The Bristol Brabazon was an early attempt to meet these long range flight design goals. Much dedicated engineering effort went into this remarkable aircraft.  But commercial performance targets were not clearly understood in the mid-1940s, with the result that only one Brabazon was ever built and later sold for scrap after less than 200 test flights. A remarkable story worth reading.