by Emmett R Smith
The Bristol Brabazon London-New York airliner…
…was a noble attempt that in many ways fell afoul of the same perils of giantism that dogged the path of post-WW II warplanes such as the B-36 bomber. Still the Brabazon was a gorgeous machine and I for one am sorry that the sponsors and builders did not find more success with their creation. I’d fly on this one in a heartbeat!
Here is a Brabazon newsreel from YouTube:
And, some test-flight footage:
[Emmett R Smith all text-rights reserved 19 January 2009]