Posted by: travelrat | July 25, 2017

The Scout


In 1914, one of the aeroplanes to fly from the airfield at Larkhill was the prototype Bristol Scout. No Scout has since been to Larkhill, until the other week, 103 years later, that David Bremner brought his Scout to show by the old aircraft sheds. Of course, the airfield is long gone, so he had to truck it in … but it can fly; he showed video of it in flight.

Usually, when you see a ‘World War I’ aeroplane, it’s usually a Tiger Moth or something, tricked up to look like something from that period. But, this is the genuine article, built from scratch, using the original drawings and parts list, which enabled the components to be made to the exact specifications.


Some parts are original. The rudder bar, the magneto and the joystick (did I hear an outraged roar of ‘Control column?) came from the Scout flown by David’s grandfather, Flight Sub-Lieutenant F.D.H. Bremner, of the Royal Naval Air Service. The aircraft carries the serial number, 1264, of that aircraft.

Maybe you’ll ask the same question I did … ‘Aren’t those French markings?’ I was told that the RNAS did indeed carry roundels of that type for a time; the Royal Flying Corps used the more familiar roundel which was roughly the same as that used by British military aircraft today.

Scout at Larkhill


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