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Welcome to the Bristol Aero Talks website.

Bristol Aero Talks are a series of talks on aerospace and related high-technology subjects with particular emphasis on the history of the Bristol and surrounding areas.  These talks, for which no admission is charged, are held monthly at BAWA in Filton (click here for information on getting to BAWA).


Bristol Aero Talks are pleased to be able to restart the talks program but in order that the talks are held in as safe an environment as possible it has been decided to move the talks to the Concorde Room at BAWA which, being significantly larger, will allow us to maintain social distancing (click here for information on the rationale for this change).  There are two significant consequences of this change, firstly the talks will now normally be held on a THURSDAY in the Concorde Room at BAWA and secondly as the costs associated with the room rental are significantly higher we are having to ask for an increase in the donation to 3. In the event there is an accrued surplus at the end of the season of talks it will be donated to a good cause such as the Air Ambulance.


Bristol Aero Talks makes use of e-mail as the primary communications medium and to handle matters efficiently a number of e-mail addresses have been set up - please see the Contact Us page for more information including how to receive talk announcements by e-mail.


Bristol Aero Talks are pleased to announce the further talks in the restarted program. 

On Thursday December 9th Chris Bigg will continue his history of Filton into the “Supersonic Sixties”.  This talk will be held at BAWA in the Ballroom (Please note the change of location).

Bristol Aero Talks would like to take this opportunity to bring to your attention the fact that Squadron Leader (Retired) George Leonard ‘Johnny’ Johnson, who lives in Bristol, celebrated his 100th birthday on November 25th.  He is the last surviving member of the original Dambusters Squadron.  You may remember we were honoured to have him as a special guest at a talk on the 75th Anniversary of the Dams Raid in November 2018,

Bristol Aero Talks will pause the making of new talks available for viewing over the Internet but all the existing talks on the website will continue to be available.  The website section “Remote Talks” created to hold these talks remains in place and may be accessed through the fourth option below.  The position regarding making new talks available remotely will be reviewed in the New Year

Information on the next scheduled talk can be found by clicking Here


Details of the forthcoming talks program may be found by clicking Here


Information on the earlier talks given under the Bristol Aero Talks banner may be found by clicking Here


To access the talks being made available for remote access click Here

External Events

Not an actual event but it was felt that those who interested in the Bristol Aero Talks  would also be interested in an update on the work of The Bristol Britannia Preservation Society who have been working diligently at Kemble to restore the external appearance of the last genuine RAF Britannia aircraft XM496 ‘Regulus’.  It now looks resplendent in its new paint job.  We understand that the Society welcomes members, whether actively working on the machine or more passively as Friends of the aircraft.  Full details are on their website (Click Here) including the dates on which the aircraft can be visited.


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