The second prototype (G-AGVB)
The Bristol 170 (Bristol Freighter)
was one of the first
new commercial aircraft
to be flown in Britain
after the end of the Second World War
and the prototype (G-AGPV)
flew for the first time
on 2nd December 1945.
for military use
in the Far East campaign
of the Second World War,
the end of hostilities saw the type
become a rugged and capacious transport
for both civil and military use.
Its instantly recognisable shape
is distinguished by its ‘boxy’ fuselage
and rounded nose doors,
providing access directly into the cargo bay.
A second prototype (G-AGVB)
flew on 30th April 1946
and became know as the Wayfarer,
carrying out route proving flights
to the Channel Islands
to which it carried
over 10,000 passengers
in under 6 months.