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Bristol Flying School, Brooklands

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Production of the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company's first successful design, the Bristol Boxkite, started in a former tramway shed at Filton, Bristol in June 1910.

A month later the Company formed a flying school, with premises at Brooklands near London, and Larkhill on Salisbury Plain. (See Bristol Flying School, Salisbury Plain. This flying school was regarded as one the best in the world between 1910 and 1914.

During 1911 the Bristol school attained an eminent position in the aeronautical world, and, in addition to the aerodrome at Filton, a flying school was established at Amesbury, in the centre of the military area on Salisbury Plain, and later a further school was opened at Brooklands.

By 1914, 308 of the 664 Royal Aero Club certificates issued had been gained at the Company's schools.

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