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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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Bristol Britannia XM496

on North Side, Cotswold Airport, Kemble, Gloucestershire          (the former home of the Red Arrows)

The entrance to the airport is off the A433 Cirencester/Tetbury road and is signposted.


On the airport please follow the brown  XM496  signs on the large airport sign boards to find us.

We are open to the public on the 1st and 3rd  Sundays of the month
NEXT PUBLIC OPEN DAY: SUNDAY, 19th October, 2014

(then Sunday, 2nd November)
between12.00 hours and 16.00 hours (12 noon to 4pm)

We can open by request at other times and would like at least two weeks notice if possble

Contact: chair(at) xm496.com