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24/04/2020
Spitfire Mk1 N3200

This week's choice book comes from Collection pilot, Jim Schofield, and the book he has chosen is “First Light” by Geoffrey Wellum.

Jim says, “The best book I’ve read for putting you in the cockpit with the pilot, whether it be hunting a rogue Dornier over the North Sea, or struggling to get a Spitfire back on the ground safely at night. A very honest memoir, and simply spellbinding."

https://vimeo.com/410141424

The video is of Mk1 N3200 from Duxford displaying at Shuttleworth in 2017 [Video: Peter Baughan, HDVS Media]

Display from 2017 at Shuttleworth

Today's slice of airshows past is from July 2015, what was then called the Military Pageant. This cover is for a very sp...
23/04/2020

Today's slice of airshows past is from July 2015, what was then called the Military Pageant. This cover is for a very special aircraft that certainly made its presence felt!

[Front cover: Darren Harbar Back Image: Malcolm English. Sopwith Pup: Nick Blacow]

21/04/2020
AR501 Spitfire pilot chat

And the final of our Pilot chat revisit series ends with Jim Schofield on the Spitfire Vc AR501 at the Military Pageant 2019.
https://vimeo.com/365818385

Pilot chat with Jim Schofield on the Spitfire Vc AR501 at the Military Pageant 2019

Another 'Man-shed Monday'! This is from inside one of aircraft that's always a popular with visitors. This aircraft will...
20/04/2020

Another 'Man-shed Monday'! This is from inside one of aircraft that's always a popular with visitors. This aircraft will be one of the first to engine run once our engineering team are back #aircraft #uncovered

From the Shuttleworth Archives, these images are of #Richardshuttleworth racing a Type 35 in the 1934 Mannin Moar race, ...
17/04/2020

From the Shuttleworth Archives, these images are of #Richardshuttleworth racing a Type 35 in the 1934 Mannin Moar race, a 50 lap street circuit in Douglas, Isle of Man.

[Images: © Shuttleworth Archives]

This week's review from Stuart Gray, his chosen book is The Bugatti Queen by Miranda Seymour.Richard Shuttleworth was ve...
17/04/2020

This week's review from Stuart Gray, his chosen book is The Bugatti Queen by Miranda Seymour.

Richard Shuttleworth was very much a pioneering racer and in 1932 he became fascinated in Bugattis purchasing a Type 35, perhaps the most iconic racing cars of their era. He raced it at Brooklands on a number of occasions and for several years was a member of the Buggatti Owners Club.

On the other side of the Channel another equally spirited racer was emerging with a love of the Bugatti Car. THE BUGATTI QUEEN is the beautifully illustrated story of an indomitable and fascinating woman, a pioneer of motorsport who, like Richard, revelled in danger. Born in 1900 in a tiny French village, Helene Delangle, aka Hellé Nice, became a dancer and a stripper before catching the eye of Ettore Bugatti.

Seduced by the combination of machines and speed, Hellé Nice went on to have an unprecedented career, competing in numerous Grands Prix and becoming the only woman to drive on the treacherous American speedbowls in the 1930s. She set new land-speed records before a notorious accident which almost ended her racing days.

Re-creating her rollercoaster career with authority and panache from many previously unpublished sources, Miranda Seymour reveals the story of an unforgettable life and sheds new light on the extraordinary and reckless world of motor-racing between the wars.

16/04/2020
Shuttleworth BE2e Pilot Chat 2017

We welcome Bevan Dewes from TVAL New Zealand who delivered our Pilot chat on the BE2e at the Shuttleworth Military Pageant on 6 August 2017
https://vimeo.com/257105569

Bevan Dewes from TVAL New Zealand talks about the BE2e at the Shuttleworth Military Pageant on 6 August 2017

The cockpit image is from the more recent Albatros, operated by WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust Ltd but as that hasn't had t...
15/04/2020

The cockpit image is from the more recent Albatros, operated by WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust Ltd but as that hasn't had the opportunity to be displayed yet, here's some images of the previous aircraft in action at Shuttleworth #vintageaircraft

The engine sounds from the new aircraft were recorded by a production company for "1917".

[Images 1&2: Nick Blacow. Image 3: Malcolm English]

Today's 'Guess the Cockpit' might be a bit too easy! Answer at 14.00 :-)
15/04/2020

Today's 'Guess the Cockpit' might be a bit too easy! Answer at 14.00 :-)

Our June programme cover from the 2015 season, and the aircraft line-up that was anticipated for the show. This time the...
14/04/2020

Our June programme cover from the 2015 season, and the aircraft line-up that was anticipated for the show. This time the instantly recognisable Miles Magister, and DH51 'Miss Kenya'

Anyone have covers from 2005 and 1995? Aircraft listings include the rather cool Optica, and the sublime Mystery Ship, which the late Jez Cooke displayed - definitely need to look through the archives to find some images...

[Cover & aircraft line-up images: Darren Harbar | Back image: Steven Jefferson]

14/04/2020
DH51 pilot chat

We revisit Bob Morcom's pilot chat with the DH51 at the Flying Festival on 2 June 2019.

G-EBIR ‘Miss Kenya’ is so named as she was the first aircraft to fly in Kenya, where it remained in active service (as VP-KAA) for nearly forty years.

https://vimeo.com/350147830

Bob Morcom's pilot chat with the DH51 at the Flying Festival on 2 June 2019

Here's hoping you all have a safe and enjoyable Easter, with much love to all our fantastic visitors, volunteers, and st...
12/04/2020

Here's hoping you all have a safe and enjoyable Easter, with much love to all our fantastic visitors, volunteers, and staff #missyouall #happyeaster

[Image: Nick Blacow]

I've included some recent images of just some of the aircraft mentioned in the book: Neil was given a 'parking ticket' b...
10/04/2020

I've included some recent images of just some of the aircraft mentioned in the book:

Neil was given a 'parking ticket' by a policeman after force-landing a Sopwith Pup.

Neil described the Ballerina's handling characteristics as "approaching perfection".

After a steep learning curve, Neil was amazed at the 1912 Blackburn's docility and gentle stability.

The last image is of Neil himself, and his 'gunner', in the LVG VI back in April 1976! The book is well worth a read, available from all the usual outlets #booklover #aviation

10/04/2020
Blackburn Monoplane

‘Airborne’ by Neil Williams, is a book of flying stories that encompass the experiences of the author as a test pilot, demonstration pilot airshow pilot, film pilot, jet charter and competition aerobatic pilot.

Neil was one of The Collection pilots, and readers who visited the Shuttleworth airshows during the 1970s will doubtless remember his particularly exuberant displays in AR501.

He has an easy to read writing style, which puts the reader in the cockpit with him. Many of the stories are classic 'I learned about flying from that' and Neil frankly admits to mistakes he made - a rare characteristic of pilots (not of Collection pilots, I hasten to add!).

Lack of space precludes mentioning all of the aircraft included, but pages abound with famous aircraft: Sopwith Pup; Spitfire; Heinkel 111; Mosquito; Meteor; Hunter; and many others.

To discover how Neil Williams lived to tell the tale after the wing of his Zlin folded during aerobatic training, you will have to buy the book. Suffice to say, for his skill, he was awarded the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air :-)

1912 Blackurn Monoplane in flight: https://vimeo.com/405170639

The Shuttleworth Collection Blackburn Monoplane display from 2019

This week's book suggestion comes from Malcolm English, a long-time volunteer with Shuttleworth. His choice is 'Airborne...
10/04/2020

This week's book suggestion comes from Malcolm English, a long-time volunteer with Shuttleworth. His choice is 'Airborne' by Neil Williams.

(see next post for review!)

Of course, it's inside an Avro Lancaster :D Love seeing this aircraft displayng here, though who can forget 2014 Flying ...
08/04/2020

Of course, it's inside an Avro Lancaster :D Love seeing this aircraft displayng here, though who can forget 2014 Flying Proms...!
#avrolancaster

[Images: Darren Harbar]

For this 'Workshop Wednesday' it's a guess the cockpit. Pretty easy, and has been seen in the skies over Shuttleworth of...
08/04/2020

For this 'Workshop Wednesday' it's a guess the cockpit. Pretty easy, and has been seen in the skies over Shuttleworth of course :-)

Answer at 14.00, with pictures!

[Image: Darren Harbar]

It's Tuesday so it must be time to recall souvenir programme covers from the 2015 season, and the aircraft line-up that ...
07/04/2020

It's Tuesday so it must be time to recall souvenir programme covers from the 2015 season, and the aircraft line-up that was anticipated for the show. Seems to be Hurricane favourtism in the images!

Anyone have covers from 2005 and 1995?

[Cover & aircraft line-up images: Darren Harbar Back image: Nick Blacow]

07/04/2020
Speed Six pilot chat

Watch this Pilot Chat from our Race Day Airshow 2018 on the Miles Hawk Speed Six pilot chat with Jim Schofield. The Miles Hawk Speed Six was designed as a racing development of the already popular Miles Hawk series of sports and towing aircraft.

Watch here to find out more https://vimeo.com/353442096

The Miles Hawk Speed Six pilot chat with Jim Schofield at the Shuttleworth Race Day Airshow 2018

06/04/2020

After some less than stellar internet speeds have now gotten video uploaded for 'Man she'd Monday. This Clayton and Shuttleworth elevator was a restoration project completed in time for the Great Dorset Steam Fair thanks to a dedicated group of #volunteers

What projects are you able to give extra attention to at the moment?

https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-pmjgUBdj7/?igshid=1fstqb0sv65pc

Shuttleworth Kids
03/04/2020

Shuttleworth Kids

Our 'Families' webpage has been updated with some activties for entertainment, keep a look out for new uploads throughout the month #kidsfun

Image below borrowed from Anne Hughes

http://www.shuttleworth.org/families/

And here's some of Darren Harbar's images for everyone missing the sight of a fine Swordfish :-)
03/04/2020

And here's some of Darren Harbar's images for everyone missing the sight of a fine Swordfish :-)

This book is available from the Navy Wings online bookshop, priced at £9.95. Any purchases made through their online sho...
03/04/2020
War in a Stringbag - Classic WWII autobiography by Commander Charles Lamb

This book is available from the Navy Wings online bookshop, priced at £9.95. Any purchases made through their online shop the Fly Navy Heritage Trust, the charity that is committed to preserving and flying the nation’s historic naval aircraft, and which does not receive any MOD funding.

https://navywingsflightstore.org/collections/books/products/war-in-a-stringbag-classic-wwii-autobiography-by-commander-charles-lamb

Commander Charles Lamb was always in the thick of the action from the sinking of Courageous, through attacking E boats at Dunkirk, pathfinding for the raid on Taranto attacking shipping in the Mediterranean and the defence of Malta. 'This is a rare tale of determination, action and spirit by a man w...

03/04/2020
Fairey Swordfish

We hope you enjoyed reading last week’s book, ‘Going Solo’ by Roald Dahl. Chief Pilot Paul Stone has suggested this week’s book.

This is a ‘must read’ book that captures the essence of the Fleet Air Arm in WWII. This autobiography documents Cdr Charles Lamb’s wartime exploits. In the early part of the war he served as a Swordfish pilot, flying in the thick of the action from mine-laying and U-boat hunting over northern Europe, harrying E-boats at Dunkirk, to being one of the two Swordfish Pathfinder pilots with 815 Squadron FAA at the Battle of Taranto.

Lamb flew in the Greek campaign of 1941 and was shot down during an air raid on Malta. Later in the war, he served on HMS Implacable and HMS Indefatigable as Lieutenant-Commander (Flying) escorting Arctic convoys and launching air strikes against the German battleship Tirpitz.

An excellent account of carrier aviation and a right riveting read. One of the books that inspired me in my much less eventful FAA career!

https://vimeo.com/402507088
[Video: Peter Baughan]

The Fairey Swordfish at Shuttleworth 2018

Shuttleworth Kids
03/04/2020

Shuttleworth Kids

As our aircraft are confined to the hangars for now, we are making paper aeroplanes instead. We'd love to see pictures of your own paper aeroplanes, or even video of them in flight :-)

If we get enough pics posted we'll print them out and exhibit them at the Family Airshow, and in the restaurant during the Summer holidays. Best looking aircraft, and aircraft that flies best will be subject to popular vote - winner to receive cake and a drink. No age limit on entries ;) #paperaeroplanesarefun

02/04/2020
Desoutter pilot chat

This Pilot Chat from Simon Davies on the Desoutter was delivered fresh from his first flight in the aircraft just an hour previous! Here he is at the Heritage Airshow on 2 September 2018, a very interesting talk.

https://vimeo.com/351375497

Pilot Chat from Shuttleworth pilot Simon Davies on the Desoutter at the Heritage Airshow on 2 September 2018

01/04/2020
Blackburn B2 pilot chat

Today's Pilot Chat revisit is on the Blackburn B2 with Shuttleworth pilot John Hurrell at the Family Day Airshow on 4 August 2019.
This aircraft, the only remaining airworthy Blackburn B-2, was built in 1936 and delivered to Flying Training Ltd at Hanworth, fitted with a Hermes IVA engine in common with the rest of the Hanworth fleet.

Watch the Pilot chat here https://vimeo.com/353880709

The Blackburn B2 pilot chat with Shuttleworth pilot John Hurrell at the Family Day Airshow on 4 August 2019

Get the kids dreaming of aircraft too :-)
30/03/2020

Get the kids dreaming of aircraft too :-)

The Light Aircraft Association (LAA) has launched a new Aviation Art Competition which will give young people at home an opportunity to use their creative skills to design a flying machine.

The entries, in three age categories, 5-8, 9-12 and 13-15, can be drawn, painted or computer-generated. They should be posted to the Light Aircraft Association’s Turweston headquarters by Tuesday 30th June 2020. Selected entries will be displayed on the LAA’s page and website in the coming weeks.

Please click the link for details of how to enter :-)

https://www.shuttleworth.org/news/kidsathome-aviationart-competition/

Dreaming of our evening airshows 🌅beautiful photo of the LysanderRepost • @iantoguy Westland Lysander @shuttleworth_oldw...
30/03/2020

Dreaming of our evening airshows 🌅
beautiful photo of the Lysander

Repost • @iantoguy Westland Lysander @shuttleworth_oldwarden in 2017.

#aviation #airshows #aircraft #historicaircraft #areoplane #aviationlovers #sunset #avgeek #westland #lysander #shuttleworth #eveningairshow

30/03/2020
Avro Anson Pilot Chat

Today we revisit the Avro Anson Pilot Chat with Pete Kosogorin at the Fly Navy Airshow 2018. The Anson is a regular performer at our flying displays.

Over to Pete: https://vimeo.com/368119919

Pilot Chat with Pete Kosogorin on the Avro Anson at the Fly Navy Airshow 2018.

On being sent to the Gladiator and asking how he would be taught to fly it ‘Just get in and do a few circuits and bumps ...
27/03/2020

On being sent to the Gladiator and asking how he would be taught to fly it ‘Just get in and do a few circuits and bumps and you’ll soon get the hang of it. You had better get all the practice you can because the next thing you know you’ll be diving in the air with some clever little Italian who will be trying to shoot you down’.

In his Hurricane he fought over Athens, and was led into battle by the ace Pat Pattle. He describes the dog fights and the effect this had on him as they battled in vain for survival.

In his Hurricane, he fought over Athens and was led into battle by the ace Pat Pattle. He describes the dog fights and the effect this had on him as they battled in vain for survival. [Review: Scott Butler]

THIS BOOK: 'Going Solo' by Roald Dahl is available online from many sources under £10, Amazon, The Works etc...

27/03/2020
DH82a Tiger Moth

The first book suggestion comes from Scott Butler, one of the Collection Pilots;

My suggestion for this week's book is “Going Solo” by Roald Dahl. As a child, I read a few of his books but didn’t know very much about his life story. When my Children starting reading his books we bought a box set, which was ‘Going Solo'. It’s a great description of learning to fly and air warfare from a master storyteller. Whilst the cover illustrations might make it look like a book for youngsters it really isn’t.

In Dahl’s own words ‘The Tiger Moth is or was a thing of beauty. It is a totally efficient and very aerobatic biplane powered by a Gypsy Engine, and as my instructor told me, a Gypsy Engine has never been known to fail mid-air’

https://vimeo.com/400741099

The Shuttleworth Collection DH82a Tiger Moth display in 2019

27/03/2020

AVIATION BOOK OF THE WEEK (Fridays, 14.00)

As we might all be spending a bit more time at home over the next few weeks we are going to suggest a book of the week. We’ve asked staff and volunteers to nominate a book which is a good read and means something to them.

The books will all be available to order on the internet for under £10. As well as some of the classics they’ll be some great gems that you might not have read. We will put the suggestion up every Friday.

Once you’ve read it please add your comments to each post :)

27/03/2020
SE5a pilot chat

Pilot Paul Shakespeare talks us through one of his favourite aircraft of the Shuttleworth Collection the SE5a also known as the Spitfire of WWI. He explains what it is really like to fly this superb aircraft.
Watch the full video here: https://vimeo.com/367275131

Pilot chat with Paul Shakespeare on the Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a at the Shuttleworth Family Airshow 2018

26/03/2020
Pilot chat Bleriot XI

Today we revisit the pilot chat from our Vintage Airshow on the 1909 Bleriot XI, the worlds oldest flying aeroplane! It was acquired by Richard Shuttleworth in 1935 and rebuilt as his first historic aeroplane.
Watch the full pilot chat here: https://vimeo.com/359010617

The pilot chat on the Shuttleworth Bleriot XI with Rob Millinship at the Vintage Airshow on 1 September 2019.

25/03/2020
Pilot Chat Westland Lysander

Another clip from the archives, pilot chat by Dodge Bailey on the Westland Lysander. This unique aircraft stands out as one of the great special mission planes of World War II, Dodge explains more why it's one of his favourites.

https://vimeo.com/368098550

Pilot Chat with Dodge Bailey on the Westland Lysander at the Shuttleworth Season Premiere Airshow 2019

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Old Warden
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Shuttleworth (Old Warden) Aerodrome is two miles due west of the A1 where it bypasses Biggleswade, approximately 30 miles from Junction 23 of the M25. Brown signs will direct you to the Collection entrance. For public Transport Information please go to http://www.traveline.info/index.htm or call them on 0871 200 22 33

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We just heard on the radio early this morning that there are plans for Captain Tom's birthday (30th April - the man who has raised over £20 million for the NHS) to fly a Spitfire across the area where his home is in Marston Moretaine. I just wondered whose Spitfire that would be.
Hey! Let's see all the model aircraft builds that you are working on during the lock down! Here's my Tiger Moth foam board rc model.
Smiling back from 2019 #flyingfestival 2019 Stay safe .....Anyone know she is?. @leepyphoto
Is the Premiere Airshow being cancelled?
Percival Aircraft Company Mew Gull, powered by a Gipsy Queen II. This aircraft from flown by Alex Henshaw from Gravesend, Kent to Wingfield Aerodrome, Cape Town, S.A. in February 1939. It is now owned and operated by the Shuttleworth Collection. this image was taken at Flying Legends, Duxford, 2017.
This DH88 Comet (G-ACSS) won the 1934 England to Australia Air Race in 70 hours and 54 minutes. Taken at Flying Legends, July 2017. https://www.shuttleworth.org/collection/dh88comet/
Great event at Old Warden last year. Remember “Little Nellie” from the 1967 Bond film You Only Live Twice is in Hanger 6.
The Shuttleworth Collections DH88, displaying at Flying Legends Airshow ,Duxford, July 2017
A large collection of vintage and classic cycles at the UK's National Cycle Museum , A charity in MId Wales
These two making the most of this beautiful sunny day!
A beautiful crisp sunny day and a couple of aircraft making the most of it.
I'm not sure if this is permitted but, my wife and I have been to a few of your wonderful airshows and I've taken lots of photos with my Fuji bridge camera, some good, some more miss than hit, normally the ones taken of fly pasts. I have looked at a Nikon P900, fantastic zoom but still has a pause on pressing the button. The other option would be a DSLR, so if any Shuttleworth followers have any helpful suggestions they would be appreciated.. as I notice that there have been photography sessions.