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Bristol Type 170 Freighter

Old 26th Jan 2011, 07:53
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Snoop Bristol Type 170 Freighter

I seem to recall a flying example of this aircraft arriving in the UK from New Zealand some years ago, does anyone know what happened to it on arrival UK?
Further, are there any examples still flying and if so, where please?
Lastly, if there's already a thread on this machine please point me in the right direction!
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Old 26th Jan 2011, 08:01
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A couple turned up in the early 1980s (G-AMLK and G-BISU) operated by Instone, and then headed west to Canada. One returned to the UK in 1996, but was sadly written off in a landing accident at Enstone in Juily that year (the wreck is still there?) and the other crashed in Canada..

Don't think any are currently airworthy and the only potential flyer is in Australia or New Zealand.
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Old 26th Jan 2011, 08:28
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Many thanks.
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Old 26th Jan 2011, 08:35
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Ahhh.. The Bristol Frightener! Here's one in NZ, although it won't fly again:
ZK-CPT Bristol 170 Freighter. Omaka Aerodrome, NZ. 5 April 2007 :: ZKCPT.jpg :: Fotopic.Net
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Old 26th Jan 2011, 08:40
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I was round by the tower at Biggin Hill in around 1983 and heard the sound of approaching radials - G-BISU heaved majestically into view and sailed right over the top at low level. Wonderful sight and sound!
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Old 26th Jan 2011, 09:07
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Bristol 170 Youtube clips...

...Mr. Youtube here again ...

There are some clips here that might be of interest:

YouTube - bristol 170

I'd take a look at them but I should be cleaning my flat right now!
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Old 26th Jan 2011, 09:08
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There's an ex-RAAF one parked near the Twr at RAAF Pt. Cook in VIC - well it was there last time I visited.
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Old 26th Jan 2011, 09:40
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There are quite a few around the world, but they're all static. In Canada, there's an ex Wardair example (CF-TFX) at the entrance to Yellowknife. The ex Instone G-AMLK can be found in Hawkair colours as C-GYQS outside the Reynolds Museum, Wetaskiwin. It looked in pretty good shape although obviously not airworthy.
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Old 26th Jan 2011, 10:04
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The ex Instone G-AMLK can be found in Hawkair colours as C-GYQS outside the Reynolds Museum
That's good news, perhaps they stuffed a different one?
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That's good news, perhaps they stuffed a different one?
That was C-FTPA at Bronson Creek in April 1997. The remains are still there apparently.
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Old 26th Jan 2011, 14:52
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This thread brings back memories, my first ever flight was in a Silver City Bristol Freighter in 1960 coming back from a holiday in France. We flew from Le Touquet to Lydd with the car, one of the early Rover 3 Litres.....
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Old 26th Jan 2011, 15:01
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Quote

I seem to recall a flying example of this aircraft arriving in the UK from New Zealand some years ago, does anyone know what happened to it on arrival UK?

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I was fortunate to be the Traffic Officer that met what became G-BISU on it's arrival in STN via many tech stops en route from NZ. I can't remember the ZK reg at the time, but it was quite a unique aircraft to deal with and looked pretty tired, lots of oil over the cowlings, etc. I may still have some photos somewhere and as was also quoted, it was painted silver and went into service with Instone, who at that time specialised in mainly transporting horses. Jeremy and Giles I believe were the names of the brothers that ran the Company, but I may be very wrong on that, it was very many years ago.
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Old 26th Jan 2011, 15:53
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Think it was occationally used for carrying jet engines about rescueing tec aircraft.
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According to the plaque at the site, the Yellowknife example was the first wheeled aircraft ever to land at the North Pole. While it's external condition looks fair enough, the interior was trashed by various bands of homeless living in it during the Summer... quite an achievement really as it's 30' in the air!
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Old 27th Jan 2011, 06:59
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Completely gratuitous shot of G-BISU from the G-INFO site. From memory it was ex ZK-EPF.

Blast, won't display... Link...
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Old 27th Jan 2011, 08:23
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I'll tell one day re how the "Frightener" frightened the heck out of me ex LFAT/LTQ
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Old 27th Jan 2011, 09:21
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Interesting story at Heathrow... Frightener took off and the Air controller launched a Trident, thinking the Frightener would have turned to give the "split" (one going north, one going south). Unfortunately, the Frightener was only doing about 90 kts with the Trident hurtling up behind. Air man said to the Frightener: "Would you move over to the right, traffic to come past"... which it did.. and both went merrily on their ways!! Happy days...
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Old 27th Jan 2011, 11:44
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Of course, the Biffo that was here in '86 took part in the "50 years of Heathrow" parade down the approach to 27R in 1996, shortly before its prang at Enstone. From memory, it went something like a Rapide or two, the "Frightener", Dove, Heron, DC-3, etc... finishing up with an MD-11.

Merlin, must try and arrange a beer sometime in Feb.
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Here's the 'old lady' in question. Looking a little worst for wear. And, luckily there was nobody sitting in that area of the fuselage!
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Old 27th Jan 2011, 22:09
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Ahhh.. The Bristol Frightener! Here's one in NZ, although it won't fly again:
It may not fly again, but some incredible individuals have got ZK-CPT running once more.

YouTube - Bristol Freighter - First Taxi In 20 Years
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