My father, Curly Cox started work at the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1936 and worked on all the famous bombers during the war. After the war he worked on Bristol Freighters and I remember him putting me in the pilot’s seat as a child many times and saying those famous words: ‘Don’t touch anything!’ before towing me into the hangar.
He then moved on to Bristol Helicopters including the Sycamore, the 173 and the 192 Belvedere. Ever since then, I have had a keen interest in aircraft and have been an avid collector of aviation artefacts for many years. I try to get to Popham and Shoreham Aerojumbles every year and am always ‘silver scouting’ for old aircraft parts, aircraft salvage, aeroplane photographs and large scale aircraft models.
My father, Curly Cox is the man with the chequered scarf.
The photographs shown here are from my father’s collection taken at Filton in the mid-1950s. He is the one in the middle with the chequered scarf. This was a complex operation when you consider the size of a Bristol Sycamore being winched inside the Bristol Freighter – almost impossible, but the Bristol boys did this manoeuvre on several occasions. He was Flight Shed Superintendent Henry William Cox, known as Curly. I also buy and sell other collectables, nautical, automobila, furniture, antiques and anything that catches my eye as being a little bit unusual which may have a story to tell.
Getting a Bristol Sycamore into a Bristol Freighter was a precise operation.
I especially look for bits and pieces associated with Bristol and the Bristol Aeroplane Company so contact me at if you have anything you think might be of interest to buy, sell or swap.