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We'll be adding new stories about the activities taking place as part of BAC 100 throughout 2010.
BAC 100 Service at Bristol Cathedral
A service of celebration and thanksgiving marking 100 years of aviation innovation was held at Bristol Cathedral on 10 July 2010. It was co-hosted by Professor Duncan Greenman of the University of the West of England and Sally Challoner of the BBC. In addition to readings, hymns and prayers it included music from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force, Bristol Male Voice Choir and the Cathedral Choir, film clips and live interviews with current and retired employees. The address was delivered by The Lord Bishop of Bristol, The Right Reverend Michael Hill. To coincide with the service the replica Bristol Fighter was on display on College Green along with a collection of Bristol Cars. You can read a full report on the This is Bristol website and see more launch photos on the BAC 100 Facebook page.
Brunel District Joins Great Reading Adventure
A special launch event was held at 1st Bristol Muslim Scouts HQ in Horfield on 7 July when 1000 copies of The 2010 Book of Aviation Wonder were distributed to the groups of the Brunel District.
BAC 100 Publications Launched
Invited guests gathered at Bristol's City Museum and Art Gallery on Monday 5 July for the official launch of the BAC 100 publications which have been specially produced for the centenary year.
Take Flight: celebrating aviation in the West of England since 1910 is a lavishly illustrated, beautifully designed, 320-page hardback book telling the story of the Bristol Aeroplane Company and its associated companies from the earliest days to the present, and beyond. It is a story that encompasses the vision of the company founders, the bravery of the early pilots, globally significant engineering breakthroughs, the contributions of thousands of local people in times of war and peace, and the future challenges that need to be faced today. The book will provide a lasting memento of the first 100 years of West of England flight. It is available for sale at Bristol Aero Collection (where all profits will be used to continue the group's work in preserving the heritage of BAC), local bookshops and online via Amazon (RRP £40).
The 2010 Book of Aviation Wonder takes its inspiration from the old Eagle annuals. It is a 96-page hardback book using comic strips, photo-spreads, illustrated stories and puzzle pages to tell the story of flight from the myth of Icarus to the A400M and beyond. It is being used as part of this year's Great Reading Adventure.
Fighter revealed at Rolls-Royce Families Day
The replica Bristol Fighter which has been built by graduates at Rolls-Royce, Airbus and GKN had its first public display at Rolls-Royce's Families Day on 3 July at Patchway. It will next be on show at College Green on 10 July to coincide with the BAC 100 service at Bristol Cathedral.