Last commercial flight takes off from Filton airfield
The last commercial flight has taken off from Filton's famous airfield. It happened just before midday. The airfield will close completely on New Year's Eve after more than one hundred years in operation.
Today owners BAE said it had signed a deal with a property developer for the land. The closure went ahead despite a big campaign by many Bristolians.
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.
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.
A380 final flight from Filton Airfield for Airbus staff
The Airbus A380 arrived at Filton Airfield for the final time. The plane, which is the world's largest commercial aircraft and which was developed and built at Filton, was taking Airbus employees on one final flight. The airfield is due to close this Friday.
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.