Bristol and Colonial Aircraft Company.....they turned the delightful M.1C monoplane into the Bristol Barrel ... oh, the Type 72 which was meant to win the 1922 Aerial Derby. Powered by a 490 HP Jupiter and with retracting gear, it really was a long way from the M.1C. Although intended to reach 220mph it was cut up to become a playhouse for the Experimental Shop manager's children. Also in Aerospace Bristol is this Hornby trainset controller nicely adapted to fire guided missiles. Reminds me of the Hornby train set controller made by my father from bits nicked from the Short Sunderlands....although my dad's 1956 set up looked a bit more StarWarsy.
Aerospace Bristol has lots of interesting stuff apart from the big white bird that lives on its lonesome. This is a curiosity....clearly a Gnome (I knew at once since there is a pot from the 50HP in my library).... but where from? Looks oldish but the museum description is wanting....no mention of the scavenging and how the charge enters the chamber via the monosoupape...the effects of the copious caster oil discharge on the pilot...how the cylinders rotate with the prop so that the conrod is stationary.... Loved this one. Or is it a Clerget....or Bentley? No...a Gnome...it says so! Pusher configuration. Bristol Boxkite was pushed by a 50 HP Gnome so the driver was ok....mmmm wonder if my Gnome went on a BoxKite?
Flies Right Off the Ground......I was 7 in 1954 and we lived in a caravan amongst the Sunderland flying boats on the edge of Lough Earne in County Fermanagh N.I. It was a childhood of flying boats, interspersed with the sounds of the odd Spitfire and ... maybe Swifts...the Hunters came later. So, quite naturally, I had my very own Interceptor and constantly dreamt of flying and flying machines. Dreams sometimes come true.