A Pioneering Place: The past, present and future of Filton Airfield

Filton Airfield is steeped in history. But how did the story of this pioneering place begin? Why did it develop into a world-leading hub for aerospace, engineering and technology? And what does the future hold for this iconic local landmark?


For over a century, Filton has been known worldwide for aviation and innovation. Few places on earth can match its record of ambition and achievement. We’ve dug into the archives to tell the story from when it was first founded in 1910, through to the present day and what the future holds for this icon of engineering history.

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