On July 7, the last flying Bristol Scout in the world (a recreation based on original parts discovered in a garden shed) will be returning to Salisbury Plain and will put on display outside the historic flying sheds at Larkhill. This will be the first time in many years that a rotary aero engine has been heard on site, and the first Scout to be seen there for over a century. Members of the public are welcome to come and meet the builders of this amazing project, and see and photograph the aircraft. There will also be a rare opportunity to see inside the Grade II listed flying sheds, which will be used as the venue for a short programme of illustrated talks covering the subject.
In the years leading up to World War One the skies over Wiltshire were buzzing with pioneering aircraft – one of the first flying grounds opened at Larkhill in 1909 and became a birthplace of the British aviation industry thanks to the foresight of entrepreneur Sir George White. On the eve of war it was the site where Sir George’s company test flew, for the first time, a small, fast agile biplane. Known initially as the Bristol Baby, its potential was immediately recognised and it entered service with both the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps as the Bristol Scout.
Admission to the event, on Wood Road, Larkhill, on Friday July 7 costs £5, with accompanied under-12s entering for free. The event runs from 10am till 3pm. Limited spaces are available so those interested are asked to register by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org