National Air and Space Museum Archives

World War I British Aerospace Aircraft

Summary

Collection ID:
NASM.2003.0020.0061
Dates:
1910s, 1986
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
.272 Gigabytes
Repository:
Digital images of a Bristol Fighter F.2B, a de Havilland DH-4, and a captured Fokker D.VII in service of the Royal Air Force during World War I as well as a contemporary scans of the 1986 publication
British Aerospace and 50 Years of the King's Flight and the Queen's Flight
.

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
This collection contains digital images of a Bristol Fighter F.2B, a de Havilland DH-4, and a captured Fokker D.VII in service of the Royal Air Force during World War I as well as contemporary photographs of a gunsight and altimeter of a DH-4. Also included are scans of a 1986 publication titled British Aerospace and 50 Years of the King's Flight and the Queen's Flight.

Arrangement

Arrangement
Original order.

Biographical / Historical

Biographical / Historical
British Aerospace played a crucial role in supporting the overall Allied forces in the First World War by manufacturing and supplying a wide range of aircraft. Near the end of the war, the British Royal Air Force (succeeding the Royal Flying Corps in April 1918) prominently used Bristol Fighter F.2B and de Havilland DH-4 aircraft with a limited number of Fokker D.VII aircraft. The Bristol Fighter F.2B was a versatile two-seater aircraft employed for reconnaissance, ground-attack missions, and aerial combat. The de Havilland DH-4 served primarily as a bomber, conducting strategic bombing and close air support operations. The German Fokker D.VII aircraft became one of the most coveted biplane fighters of the war when introduced in May 1918 for its handling advancements and ease-of-operations.
While established after World War I, British Aerospace's origins begin in 1910 with the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company. In 1959, after operations split creating the Bristol Aircraft and Bristol Aero Engines, they merged with several other major British aircraft companies to form the British Aircraft Corporation. British Aerospace officially formed as a new entity in 1977 through the Aircraft and Shipbuilding Industries Act that called for the nationalization and merger of the British Aircraft Corporation, Hawker Siddeley Aviation, Hawker Siddeley Dynamics, and Scottish Aviation.

Administration

Author
Amara Pugens
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gerald Henri Cullen, Gift, 2003, NASM.2003.200.0061
Processing Information
Arranged, described, and encoded by Amara Pugens, 2023.

Digital Content


Using the Collection

Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Preferred Citation
World War I British Aerospace Aircraft, NASM.2003.0020.0061, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Aeronautics Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Born digital Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
CD-ROMs Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bristol Fighter F.2B (Brisfit) Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
de Havilland (Airco) D.H.4 Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fokker D. VII Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
British Aerospace Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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