One of the most famous aircraft of the First World War has made a special appearance.
 
The ‘Bristol Scout’ bi-plane had been flown by Flight Sub Lieutenant Frances ‘Bunnie’ Bremner between 1914 and 1918 during the Gallipoli campaign.
 
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The Bristol Scout during its build
 
He had always told his family he would like to see the plane fly again, which spurred his grandsons David and Rick Bremner to restore it after finding the remains in their grandfather’s shed after he died.
 
The brothers searched around the world and spent more than £100,000 to restore the bi-plane, serial number 1264.
 
20 years later, they now own the world's only flying Bristol Scout. 
 
David Bremner said:
“We grew up less than 10 miles from my grandfather so we heard all his war stories. After he died we found three souvenirs in his workshop; a stick, rudder bar and magneto, and we guessed that these were from his plane.”
“Then in 2002, our friend Theo Willford suggested we rebuild 1264 and the research started.”
“We started building in 2008 and on 9 July 2015 it took to the air for the first time, almost exactly 100 years after the original.”
Theo, an amateur pilot, even joined the brothers as they headed to New Zealand in search of an engine.
 
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Rick Bremner, Theo Willford and David Bremner with the Scout
 
Rick Bremner said: “It's been a huge privilege to be part of this fantastic project. We all just wish my Granddad were here to answer many of the questions we have about ‘1264’, because he could have told us straight away.”
“However, we got there in the end. It’s been a long old labour of love and a fitting tribute to my Granddad and other British pilots who battled so valiantly for us during the Great War.”
 
‘Bunnie’ flew with No. 2 Wing RNAS from December 1915 to August 1916, at Imbros, off the Gallipoli peninsula, and at Thasos, a Greek island off the coast of Bulgaria.
 
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Flight Sub Lieutenant Frances ‘Bunnie’ Bremner
 
In all he flew ten different types of aircraft in his time and his favourite was the Bristol Scout.
 
The Bristol Scout was also the first aircraft to take off from a moving deck and served with the RNAS in the Eastern Mediterranean and with the Royal Flying Corps on the Western Front.
 
‘Granddad’s Bristol Scout’ was on show as part of the Static Aircraft Park at this year's RNAS Culdrose Air Day.
 

 

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