The Bristol Brabazon "Colossus" (1949) The #Bristol Type 167 $Brabazon was a large #propeller-driven #airliner which was designed by the Bristol #Aeroplane #Company to fly transatlantic routes between the United Kingdom and the United States.
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The type was named Brabazon after the Brabazon Committee and its chairman, Lord Brabazon of Tara, who had developed the specification for which the airliner had been designed. However, the Brabazon was unable to attract any firm commitments for the type due to a widespread feeling amongst airlines that the airliner was too large and expensive to be practical and applicable to their existing operations. Being unable to attract any orders, the aircraft became regarded as a commercial failure. On 17 July 1953, Duncan Sandys, the Minister of Supply, announced that the Brabazon had been cancelled due to a lack of military or civil orders for the type. In the end, only the single prototype was flown; it was broken up in 1953 for scrap, along with the uncompleted turboprop-powered Brabazon I Mk.II.