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  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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