|RAeS Centenary Garden Party - Old Warden, Bedfordshire 29th June 2003
Review - The Shuttleworth Collection played host to the Royal
Aeronautical Society’s Centennial Garden Party and Flying Display on Sunday 29th
June. Glorious weather and the unique atmosphere of the all-grass airfield at
Old Warden provided the perfect backdrop to celebrate 100 years of flight.
Visitors were treated to an exceptional range of aircraft throughout the day and
into the evening, ranging from the dawn of flight to the power of the jet age.
The Royal Aeronautical Society
was founded in 1866, a full 37 years before the Wright brother’s first flight
and in 1909, the intrepid brothers were the recipients of the Society’s first
ever Gold Medal. Garden party’s are also a long standing Royal Society
tradition, the first being held at the Handley Page Aerodrome, Cricklewood, in
1919, celebrating the Society’s then 50th anniversary (which it could
not do in 1916 due to the war)!.
This display was one of the last
flying outings for the RAF Museum's LVG C.VI 7198 / G-AANJ, which, at the time,
was the only airworthy genuine German aircraft from World War One and which had
its original Benz engine.
Photographs (left to right)
- Report in Flypast August 2003 issue; Avro Anson Srs 19 G-AHKX; Supermarine
Spitfire Mk.Vc G-AWII / AR501; (second row) LVG C.VI 7198 / G-AANJ (x2); BAC
Strikemaster 80 G-UPPI; Chilton DW.1 G-AESZ; (third row) English Electric
Canberra B.2 WK163 / G-BVWC; Miles Falcon G-AAEK
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