Filton Airfield Closure

Filton Airfield will finally close to planes today, after more than a hundred years in operation.

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Final flight from Filton Airfield

A century of flight came to an end at Filton Airfield today. The airstrip north of Bristol is regarded by many as the birthplace of British aviation.

It is famous for producing Concorde - the world's first supersonic passenger plane.

But over the decades workers at Filton also created world war bombers and giant airliners, making the city one of the most important aeronautical centres in the country.

Robert Murphy reports:

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BAE Systems says it will continue to support site after closure

Filton Airfield will be closing today after its owners BAE systems, decided it was no longer financially viable.

BAE Systems is providing financial backing of two million pounds and a circa eight acre site at Filton to support the Bristol Aero Collection Trust in their plans to create an aviation heritage museum and learning centre.

We will also be providing 400,000 pounds worth of design, construction consultancy and project management support.

The role of the Great Western Air Ambulance at Filton...will also be protected. We will ensure that the Great Western Air Ambulance Service and the Police helicopters will continue to be able to fly from Filton following closure.

– BAE Systems

Last plane to leave Filton Airfield today

The last ever flight will take off from Filton Airfield just before midday. Credit: ITV West

Filton Airfield will finally close to planes today, after more than a hundred years in operation.

The last flight is due to take off just before midday. The airfield will close completely on New Year's Eve.

Most of the 19 employees affected have found other jobs.

Full report: Filton Airfield closure

There was an emotional farewell to the A380 superjumbo today as it left Bristol for the last time. The closure of Filton Airfield to all flights on Friday brings the curtain down on a century of aviation there.

Airbus employees who helped build the plane were given a farewell flight, while a Spitfire's restoration was completed just in time to take to the skies as well. Richard Payne has the story.

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A look back at Filton Airfield's most important moments

In a few weeks Filton Airfield near Bristol will finally close. Some of the most important planes in British history were made there - from wartime bombers to Concorde.

A documentary team has collected hours of archive footage of some of Filton's most important moments. But the man behind the film says he thinks it's a disgrace the airfield is closing at all. Robert Murphy reports.

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