By Michael Brabazon
The Brabazon aeroplane was the last of the great turbo-props, succeeded by the jet engine, built after the end of WWII. The ‘plane was manufactured in Bristol, England, hence the name The Bristol Brabazon. An entire village was flattened to create a suitably long runway and the specially built hangar was used for the later construction of Concorde. The Brabazon was named after the 1st Baron Brabazon of Tara, John Moore-Brabazon, who had been the Minister of Aviation and had headed a committee charged with recommending a new commercial airliner. Although it never went into service it has always been remembered fondly by enthusiasts and the general English public alike. Anyone in England with the surname Brabazon was (and often still is) associated with The Brabazon, as the author of this piece can testify!
More information here - http://flightclub.jalopnik.com/the-bristol-brabazon-was-the-prettiest-piece-of-useless-1625961379
Welcome to the Brabazon Blog! We are trying to get a forum going that would be more instantaneous and universal than either the family website (brabazonarchive.com) or separate emailing. We have commenced with a handful of topics - taken from the website - to kick-start conversations. Your suggestions for additional areas of interest and emails of a personal nature can be sent to Michael Brabazon at firstname.lastname@example.org
As we are probably all now aware, the Brabazon Clan is not homogenous but rather a mosaic of smaller genetic groupings, sometimes explicable by descent via a Brabazon female line, sometimes due to the adoption of the Brabazon name for various known or unknown reasons. By casting the discussion network as wide as possible perhaps we can begin to shed more light on each of the sub-lineages of the Clan - worldwide brainstorming, so to speak!
The Earl and Countess of Meath remain the standard bearers of the Brabazon name, and I think we would all agree that we have an excellent family at the very heart of the Brabazon Clan. Across the spectrum of our Family we are a good microcosm of Irishness in all its cultural forms and our cohesiveness in diversity is perhaps the best testimony to the greatness of our ancestors. So start blogging and let's see where it goes!