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The Bristol Britannia XM496 Preservation Society is dedicated to the preservation of the XM496 Bristol Britannia in full RAF Transport Command Livery. The XM496 Regulus is the only Ex RAF fully complete Britannia in the World.

aircraft planThe preservation of "The Whispering Giant" as the Britannia is affectionately known has been a labour of love for all the volunteers who have taken the XM496 from being close to scrap to a fully restored aircraft. For further details of the XM496 story please visit this page where you will find a fully documented history of its restoration.

The Preservation Society is registered with the Inland Revenue as Not for Profit Organisation. Much of it's work is carried out as a labour of love by the many helpers who freely donate their time.

The Bristol Britannia XM496 Preservation Society restrict it's self to the preservation of XM496 Britannia., The Society does however have links with many other organisations and charities. For further details please view our links page.

The XM496 Preservation Society like many others is always on the look out for helpers of all abilities, if you feel you can help then please contact us.

If you would like to sponsor the XM 496 Preservation Society and have a link on this web site then please contact us.

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Below is a slide show of Britannia Aircraft and recent events.




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Please note changes to May openings - see below

open on the 1st and 3rd  Sundays of the month

Summer times:

between 12.00 hours and 16.00 hours (12 noon to 4pm)

NEXT OPEN DAY Sunday 6th April 2014

then Sunday  20th April2014

between12.00 hours and 15.00 hours (12 noon to 3pm)

Entry via north side from A433, follow the brown signs to XM496 once you are on the airport.

We are not opening on Sunday 4th May, instead the Britannia will open on Saturday 3rd May as part in the Bronco Fan Day, a free event by the Bronco Display Team with their newly restored Bronco aircraft. It is combined with Cotswold Airport's Spring Fly-in, which is also free to spectators.