With its bulbous nose, clamshell doors and slab sides, there are few aircraft as distinctive as the Bristol Freighter, a solid workhorse which made its mark in the conflict zones of South-East Asia from the 1950s to the 1970s.

The Bristol Freighter had its origins in World War Two, when the British Air Ministry sought a rugged transport aircraft capable of carrying heavy cargo, including vehicles. The first prototype flew in December 1945, but, with the War already over, it was repurposed as a largely commercial aircraft, being used as a cargo freighter, airliner, and an air ferry for cars and passengers.