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Painting the Britannia

The top of the Britannia was painted in the summer, which entailed the hiring of expensive scaffolding.

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The Bristol Type 175 Britannia was a British medium-to-long-range airliner built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1952 to fly across the British Empire. During development two prototypes were lost and the turboprop engines proved susceptible to inlet icing which delayed entry into service while solutions were sought.

By the time development was completed, “pure” jet airliners from France, United Kingdom and the United States were about to enter service, and consequently, only 85 Britannia’s were built before production ended in 1960. Nevertheless, the Britannia is considered one of the landmarks in turboprop-powered airliner design and was popular with passengers. It became known by the title of “The Whispering Giant” for its quiet exterior noise and smooth flying, although the passenger interior remained less tranquil.