|Shuttleworth Collection Autumn Airshow
- Old Warden, Bedfordshire, 6th October 2013
Comment - 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
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
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.
airshow photographs from 2013