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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 Bristol and the surrounding areas.


Bristol Aero Talks is pleased to announce that the new season of talks will start in September, the program is currently being finalised.  Talk announcements will be sent out and the website updated as details are confirmed.

Bristol Aero Talks are pleased to say that with the agreement of Sally Cordwell, the CEO of Aerospace Bristol, the talks will continue to be held at Aerospace Bristol.  These are normally held on a Tuesday in the Making Studio but please check the talk announcements as changes to day or location can occur.  For information on getting to Aerospace Bristol please see their website at .

In order to cover the costs associated with the talks program such as reimbursing the costs incurred by the speakers we will continue to ask for a donation from attendees when leaving the talk. In the event there is an accrued surplus at the end of the season of talks it will be donated to Aerospace Bristol.


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.


On Tuesday 16th April Tony Bray (who previously gave us an interesting talk on The History of the Glider Pilot Regiment) will present on the development of Air Resupply.  The advent of large-scale airborne forces in the 1940s spurred the development of Air Resupply on a scale never previously imagined.  With limited previous experience the British were able to quickly develop the necessary equipment, techniques, training to be able to sustain large airborne units.  However, not all Air Resupply situations are related to fighting, the techniques have been used to relieve humanitarian crisis such as occurred in Ethiopia.

This talk will be held at 7:15 pm on Tuesday April 16th at Aerospace Bristol in The John James Theatre.


In May (date to be confirmed) the subject will be the Bristol Fighter.


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.


Not receiving announcements of talks?

We have been advised that in a few cases the e-mails announcing talks are not being delivered but are instead being trapped by the SPAM filters. We would recommend checking the folder where your ISP sends the e-mails it filters.

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