The Bristol Brabazon was the wrong aeroplane in the wrong place at the wrong time. Although it was designed to meet a demand that never emerged it was still a magnificent engineering achievement.
During World War II the British government set up a committee to plan post was civil aviation development. Prime among its recommendations was a very large airliner capable of flying the Atlantic ocean while offering a high level of luxury to passengers.
Bristol used existing plans for a very heavy bomber as the basis for the design and the prototype made its first flight on 4 September 1949.
However, air transport was developing in a different direction, offering fast (and unluxurious) travel to a mass public.
The Brabazon had no part in this development and it was scrapped in October 1953.
This model represents the sole Brabazon, c. 1949.
F-Rsin 1/144 kit. Completed in October 2008.