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Bristol Brabazon & Cody's Tree

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The Bristol Brabazon over 'Cody's Tree' Samuel Franklin Cody measured the thrust of his first aeroplane in 1908/9 by tying it to this tree and his flight of 1390 feet on 16th October 1908 was the first powered sustained flight in Great Britain.

Bristol Brabazon & Cody's Tree

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8th September 1949
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Bristol Aeroplane Company

Aircraft Data

The Bristol Brabazon was designed to fly from London to New York non-stop with 100 passengers in a spacious cabin. It was the first aircraft with 100% powered flying controls, electric engine controls, high-pressure hydraulics and AC electrics.

Passengers would not spend 12 hours flying across the Atlantic in a Brabazon when they could do it in 7 hours in a fast jet engined aircraft. In 1953 with no orders and after less than 400 hours flying time the prototype aircraft G-AGPW was broken up.

Summary data for Bristol Brabazon -
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
United Kingdom19491n/a3100


8 x Bristol Centaurus (2520 - 3000 hp) piston engines.

eight paired counter-rotating propellers on four forward-facing nacelles


Dimensions for Bristol Brabazon -
Length177 ft. 0 in.
Wing Span230 ft. 0 in.
Height50 ft. 0 in.
Empty Weight145,100 lbs.
Max Weight290,000 lbs.


Performance of Bristol Brabazon -
Max Speed300 mph
Cruise Speed250 mph
Ceiling25,000 ft.
Normal Range4,500nm
Max Range4,800nm

Updated 27th February 2009

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