The Bristol Boxkite was the first aircraft built by the British & Colonial Aeroplane Company (soon to be known as 'Bristol'). Named the Boxkite owing to the appearance of the aircraft, it was a 'pusher' with the engine, usually a 50hp Gnome rotary engine, facing the rear of the aircraft mounted at the rear of the lower wing. To add further to the strange look of this design, the elevator is mounted forward of the wings.
This slow, two seater aircraft was designed and mainly used as a trainer aircraft, it's stability making it very suitable for this role. From it's introduction in 1910, seventy-six (a very large amount for such an early aeroplane) were built including to military customers such as the Royal Flying Corps and the Imperial Russian Air Service. None survive today, however three replicas were built for the superb 1965 film 'Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines'. Fortunately one replica is kept airworthy at the Shuttleworth Collection and when the weather is calm enough takes to the air where I was fortunate enough to see it fly in September 2012.