Title: Bristol 175 Britannia No’s 1 and 2

The Bristol Britannia first flew in 1952, but initial teething problems with the engines meant that commercial services did not commence until 1957, by which time the concept had been overtaken by the emerging jet airliners. The definitive versions of the Britannia were the Series 300, incorporating a 10 ft fuselage stretch over the original 100 series and permitting up to 133 passengers.

The type was closely tailored to the requirements of BOAC airlines but this limited its appeal to other operators and consequently just 85 were built. 25 of these were used by the RAF as long range freighters with large cargo doors and a unique “floating” floor which limited fatigue loads. The type found a niche with charter airlines in the 1970s but the last flight of one took place in 1997 when the last airworthy example was flown into preservation at Kemble.

We offer two titles on this type. The first includes both the civil manufacturers Crews Notes, and the RAF flight manual (titled Pilot’s Notes) for the Britannia, and an interesting manufacturer’s report on the type’s development. The second contains the BOAC Operations manual in two volumes, plus a manufacturer’s brochure on the Freighter variant of the Britannia. The files has been scanned from the original manuals and retains any colour pages. Each title is US$9.95.

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Title 1 contains:

  • RAF Pilot’s Notes for the Britannia C.1 and C.2, AP 101B-2701-15 (AP 4682A-PN) dated Jan 1960 (with later revisons), with approx 307 pages. (This manual has many more illustrations than the typical RAF Pilot’s Notes.)
  • Manufacturers Crews Notes for the Britannia Series 310 Variant 312 (BOAC). Undated, with approx 294 pages.
  • Manufacturer’s brochure/report titled “Britannia Development – A Preliminary statement of the development carried out from 1948 to 1955”, undated with approx. 87 pages.

Title 2 contains:

  • BOAC Operations Manual for the Britannia 312, Part I Vol I (Sections 1 to 5) revised to 29-1-65 with approx 149 pages.
  • BOAC Operations Manual for the Britannia 312, Part I Vol II (Sections 6 to 9) revised to 30-5-62 with approx. 338 pages.
  • Manufacturer’s brochure/specification for the Britannia Freighter, document S.E.B.135 dated May 1958 with approx. 55 pages.