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SPECIAL ORDER Roden 1/144 Bristol 175 Britannia Series 300S - RD0312

SPECIAL ORDER Roden 1/144 Bristol 175 Britannia Series 300S    - RD0312

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In 1946 the leading British airline B.O.A.C. and the special government commission issued to aircraft manufacturers the MRE ("Medium Range Empire") requirement. Initially, all projects including possible license production of the American Lockheed Constellation, were rejected, because of insufficiently meeting the specifications. However, the Ministry of Supply in an initiative allowed the Bristol firm to continue to develop their Type 175 project. The plane had to transport 48 passengers, weighing 47 tons. The new Proteus engines were expected to give the machine very good characteristics, but at that time they were not perfected. Eventually, B.O.A.C. showed interested in the plane. The first aircraft were planned to be introduced in 1954, and the first flight of the plane, now named Britannia, took place in August, 1952. Its flight characteristics were even better than expected, and B.O.A.C. already had plans to take on the Britannia as its flagship type, although the world's first passenger jet the De Havilland Comet had just appeared, causing the carrier to be cautious because of the imperfection of work on several systems of the Britannia. Apart from B.O.A.C., other leading carriers, including the prestigious KLM, the oldest airline, became interested in the new design.