Bristol Scout 1264: Rebuilding Granddad’s Aircraft

Author(s): David Bremner 

ISBN: 9781781551011
£17.50 £25.00
The definitive history of the Bristol Scout aircraft and how the only airworthy example came to be built and flown.
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  • Excellent combination of previously unpublished factual information with a storyline to draw the reader in

  • Fascinating account of what it is like to build and fly your grandfather’s First World War aircraft from the same spot, exactly 100 years afterwards

  • The Bristol Scout has not received the recognition it deserves for its pioneering role in the development of air fighting: this book changes that 

  • Profusely illustrated with many rare and unpublished colour and mono period and contemporary photographs 

  • Of historic and technical detail, this is of much interest to military and aviation historians as well as modellers 

In 1913, Frank Barnwell designed the Bristol Scout – which was the fastest and most manoeuvrable warplane for the first eighteen months of the First World War – and became the prototype single-seat fighter from which all later fighters were derived.

As a result, Barnwell became a seminal figure in the development of aircraft design. In 1916, Flt Sub Lt F. D. H. Bremner RNAS flew Bristol Scouts for No. 2 Wing in the Mediterranean.

In 1983, his grandson David discovered three aircraft parts from Scout No. 1264 in his late grandfather’s workshop and twenty years later, he, together with his friend Theo Willford, researched the possibility of rebuilding her from these parts.

Bristol Scout 1264: Rebuilding Grandad’s Aircraft interweaves the previously unpublished early life of Barnwell and his brother Harold, the operational and technical history of his creation, the Bristol Scout, Bremner’s flying career and the challenges faced by Willford, together with David and his brother Rick, in recreating 1264 and getting her back in the air.

BOOK ISBN 9781781551011
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 224 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 28 November 2018
ILLUSTRATIONS 61 colour photographs



David Bremner flew the first hang-gliders and microlight aircraft, and it seems logical that he should now fly one of the first warplanes. He edited Microlight Flying magazine for fifteen years and test flew most of the current machines on the UK market. Bremner is a chartered mechanical engineer and works part-time to fund the operation of his grandfather’s favourite machine, which is also his own. Together with wife Sue and friend Theo Willford, he introduces the public to this magnificent machine and is a regular airshow display pilot in the UK.