The Bristol Brabazon was one of the largest aeroplanes of its day, and was developed as a passenger and troop transport to serve the British military and world airlines of the early 1950s. It was a remarkable achievement that was too expensive to operate to ever turn a profit, and sadly no more than the prototypes were ever built. This flight test footage includes the first flight and speaches by the crew of that historic day. This footage was sourced from newsreels from the late 40s and early 50s. A remarkable aeroplane indeed.
This short film from the mid 1950s explains British aviation missteps including the Saunders Roe Princess Flying Boat, Bristol Brabazon and SR-177. It also shows the Vickers Viscount, Bristol Britannia and Comet airliners.