In 1916 Flt Sub Lt ‘Bunnie’ Bremner, a pilot with the RNAS, was invalided home from no. 2 Wing in the Eastern Mediterranean with dysentery and malaria. He brought back with him the stick, rudder bar and magneto of his favourite aircraft, Bristol Scout Type C, serial no. 1264. In 2002 his grandsons, David and Rick Bremner, together with Theo Willford, started research into rebuilding 1264 using those three parts exactly as their grandfather flew it 99 years before. Construction started in 2008, and it flew for the first time on 9 July 2015 in the hands of Gene DeMarco, the most experienced pilot of WWI aircraft in history. 1264 is built exactly as the original, with spliced cable ends, linen covering and riveted and soldered tanks. It is complete with all the various modifications made by the factory, the RNAS, and their grandfather. The original Union flag markings on the fuselage side were overpainted with roundels, and they have even replicated that. Powered by an 80hp le Rhône engine, exactly like the original, it is the only airworthy Bristol Scout in the world, and the only rotary-engined aircraft in the UK being operated by private individuals.
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