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  Shuttleworth Collection Autumn Airshow - Old Warden, Bedfordshire, 6th October 2013


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Bathed in glorious autumnal sunshine, the Shuttleworth Collectionís October Flying Day closed what was the 50th anniversary airshow season for the Collection.  Opening the show was the Second World War trio of Sea Hurricane, Lysander and Gladiator although the Gladiatorís flight was cut short when its airspeed indicator went tech.  Showing great airmanship the Gladiator returned to base with the Lysander flying alongside providing airspeed readings allowing the pilot to make a safe landing.

The EoN Primary Glider displayed next, towed aloft by a Piper Super Cub.  I canít begin to imagine what it must feel like to pilot this machine, perched in effect on the end of an airborne wooden rod!  What an experience that must be!

The next section was devoted to air racing, the famous Schneider trophy celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.  Several aircraft took to the air, including a plethora of Miles types and two of the four Chilton DW-1s built back in the 19030s. 

Biplanes and Triplanes then dominated with the Collectionís Avro 504K leading Sopwith Pup N9917 in a nice formation before splitting for solo displays.  Sopwith Triplane replica 'Dixie II' then beat up the skies before some more modern types took the stage, Hawker Hind K5154 flying with Avro Tutor G-AHSA.  Finally original SE5a F904 preceded a wonderful display from the Collectionís Bristol M.1C replica which, in my eyes, really does resemble a massive bat in the sky. 

Closing the show in fine style was Hawker Hunter T7 WV372 G-BFXI from North Weald which tore up the deep blue above Old Warden, treating the crowd to the classic sound of its Rolls Royce Avon as it also closed out another great airshow season.

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