Good Evening / Morning Ladies and Gentlemen
I have come across a piece of fabric that certainly appears to be from a Bristol F2 aircraft. The site where I've seen it states it is from an F2 - which were first built in 1916. (However, in all fairness the seller doesn't really seem to know a lot about it). It is a 9 foot piece from the right side (36" at front tapering to 3" at the tail). The seller has stated that he is unable to see any other paint below the silver.
The actual Bristol F/.... were in fact in use up to about 1935 in about 20 countries.
The concern I have is the serial number - D-8096. This aircraft was built in 1918, is actually an F2b and is still in fact flying, having been restored. See below for further information.
'The Shuttleworth Trust maintains a Bristol Fighter in airworthy condition at its famous Old Warden aerodrome near Biggleswade in Bedfordshire. D8096 was built during 1918, but did not see wartime service although it was on the strength of No. 208 Squadron in Turkey during 1923. It was acquired in 1936 by Captain C. P. B. Ogilvie, who kept the aeroplane stored at Primrose Garages, Watford, intending to restore it to flying condition, and although the civil registration G-AEPH was allotted, it was not used. It was restored by the Bristol Aeroplane Company and first flown in Shuttleworth ownership during February 1952 wearing an authentic pre-war overall aluminium finish. The 'Brisfit' entered the Old Warden workshops in 1980-82 for extensive engine and airframe restoration, to emerge in full WWI camouflage hardly appropriate for this particular machine.'
My question is 'simply' - did the restoration actually replace some or any of the fabric - or is the silver piece posted, simply 'tarted up'? I can't find any information on this at all.
Thanks for any assistance.
and finally, from the Vintage Aviator Ltd, their Bristol F2b: