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Bristol Freighter on 'finals' to Filton

Old 16th Jan 2018, 19:11
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Bristol freighter

When I was about 7years old we lived in a town called Swaythling, Hampshire.
I would often see Silver City Airways Bristol freighters on approach to Eastleigh.
The next time I saw one of the aircraft in question was about`20 years later
It was perched on a pylon near the airport at Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. I believe that Wardair used to operate the type in the North.
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 19:30
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I recall flying from Southend to France (Calais?) in the back of a Silver City Bristol Freighter in about 1960. My mother asked when the car would arrive and the stewardess replied: "just before us" and to my mother's horror opened a door on the left hand side of the passenger compartment to reveal 2 cars and a motorbike. As we were taxying out my father enquired what we might do in the event of a ditching in the channel to which the stewardess pointed to a ladder and a roof hatch and told him to open the hatch and use the ladder! Those were the days!
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Old 16th Jan 2018, 22:39
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The film 'The Man in the Sky' was shown last night
'Tis available on DVD as well ...
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Old 17th Jan 2018, 09:54
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My one Bristol Freighter experience was standing in the Astro Dome between the engines during a ground run......very impressive!
The aircraft in question was in Dubai on a ferry flight from NZ to UK where it became the Enstone aircraft.
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Old 6th Feb 2018, 15:07
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The RNZAF Bristol Freighter in the colour pictures is now an exhibit in the museum at Wigram. I had the privilege of seeing it last week on their reserve collection tour, hosted by a former nav who had flown in it. A great hour and a half tour!

Also in the reserve collection are a Devon navigation trainer, a Beaver and a Catalina, plus various other gems.
If you're ever in NZ I recommend a visit.

There are two (!!) other Mk 31 Freighters on view on South Island New Zealand. One is at the Founders Museum in Nelson, with a second at the Omaka Aviation heritage museum. Both are former Pakistani Air Force machines that were used in NZ for civil freighting work. If you like WW 1 aircraft a visit to Omaka will blow your socks off.....

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Old 6th Feb 2018, 22:05
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There is also one you can sleep in, after visiting the spectacular Glow Worm Caves at Waitomo:



» Travel: 1950?s Bristol Freighter Plane Motel (Waitomo, New Zealand)
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Old 7th Feb 2018, 08:19
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Originally Posted by bobward View Post
The RNZAF Bristol Freighter in the colour pictures is now an exhibit in the museum at Wigram. I had the privilege of seeing it last week on their reserve collection tour, hosted by a former nav who had flown in it. A great hour and a half tour!

Also in the reserve collection are a Devon navigation trainer, a Beaver and a Catalina, plus various other gems.
If you're ever in NZ I recommend a visit.

There are two (!!) other Mk 31 Freighters on view on South Island New Zealand. One is at the Founders Museum in Nelson, with a second at the Omaka Aviation heritage museum. Both are former Pakistani Air Force machines that were used in NZ for civil freighting work. If you like WW 1 aircraft a visit to Omaka will blow your socks off.....



The Bristol Freighter at Omaka has two live engines and can be taxiied around the aerodrome. The starboard engine “sucked the kumura” about three years ago (it was still running, but ever larger pieces of metal were being discovered in the oil filter), so it was removed from the wing and replaced with an engine owned by Al Marshall, who had it mounted on a trailer on which he used to run it from time to time. I think the plan is to sort out the starboard engine (it may need a backyard overhaul), then replace it back onto the wing so Al can claim his Hercules back.


And if the WWI collection at Omaka impressed you, next time you are in NZ you need to take a look at what The Vintage Aviator have got in their hangers at Hood Aerodrome in Wairarapa. Virtually everything at Hood can take to the air and fly, including the genuine WWI machines, the amazing reproductions, and a few replicas.


BTW, I can remember the days when SAFE Air were operating an aerial trucking operation backwards and fowards across Cook Strait with their fleet of Bristol Freighters. My Mum's cousin owned an aviation radio business at Wellington Airport (he installed the nav beacons and radio installations at the airport when it opened in the late-1950s, as well as the original radar installation up on Hawkins Hill) and I used to occasionally stay at his place during school holidays in the early- and mid-1960s. His house was up on the hill in Strathmore Park overlooking Wellington Airport. You could always see at least three Bristol Freighters at any time, sometimes as many as four of them - one on approach, one climbing out, one taxiing and one unloading and loading at the traverser.
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Old 8th Feb 2018, 19:44
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It was Al Marshall who virtually single-handedly revived the Omaka Bristol Freighter.

There's a long thread on Dave Homewood's Wings over New Zealand board about the whole story, largely written by Al Marshall himself.

Omaka's Bristol Freighter to run again | Wings Over New Zealand
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Old 9th Feb 2018, 14:45
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My father delivered the last frightener to NZ from Blackbushe ZK-BVM - he took an 8mm cine of the journey which I have somewhere at home.
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