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News: ‘Biffo’ Bound for Bristol

Published 15 February 2017, 17:17

Bristol 170 Freighter 31M NZ5911 in storage at Ardmore. Fund-raising is under way to bring it ‘home’ to Bristol. Geoff Jones


The Bristol Aero Collection Trust (BACT) has announced the return of a Bristol 170 Freighter to Filton, Bristol, for restoration at the new Aerospace Bristol museum – due to open this summer.

There are currently no preserved examples of the ‘Biffo’ in the UK – but first the BACT needs to raise extra funding to transport the airframe from New Zealand.
Aerospace Bristol has already secured funds to move the aircraft to the UK but has now launched an appeal to cover the cost of packing and land transportation.
The aircraft, NZ5911, which flew with the Royal New Zealand Air Force from 1954 until 1977, has been parked at Ardmore aerodrome, Auckland, since 1978.
From a total of 214 built between 1955 and 1958, just ten complete Bristol Freighters survive: three in Canada, two in Australia, one in Argentina and four in New Zealand

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