Cancelled: Design by Committee

The Bristol Brabazon was big and it flew. Much more can’t be said.

Just one Brabazon made it off the assembly line. The supersized airliner, with its 230-foot wingspan, rumbled over the British countryside in 1951, accompanied by a Bristol 170 Freighter. (©
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Air & Space contributing editor Stephan Wilkinson and college pal and photographer Bruce McAllister are wrapping up a book collaboration, Skygirls: A Pictorial History of the Airline Stewardess. Wilkinson’s most recent story for Air & Space was “Cancelled: Too Hot to Handle,” on the McDonnell XP-67 (Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011).

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