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Shuttleworth Race Day Airshow - Old Warden, Bedfordshire, 7th October 2018

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01 TF-51D Mustang Contrary Mary G-TFSI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 02 TF-51D Mustang Contrary Mary G-TFSI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 03 de Havilland DH-60X Moth G-EBWD Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 04 Miles M.14A Hawk Trainer 3 G-AKPF Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 05 LeVier Cosmic Wind G-ARUL Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 06 de Havilland DH-60X Moth G-EBWD Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 07 Taylor JT-2 Titch G-AYZH Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 08 Midget Mustang M1 G-AWIR Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 09 NC17633 Spartan 7W Executive Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 10 de Havilland DH-60 Cirrus Moth G-EBLV Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 11 Southern Martlet G-AAYX Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 12 Sea Hurricane IB Z7015 G-BKTH Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 13 TF-51D Mustang Contrary Mary G-TFSI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 14 Sea Hurricane IB G-BKTH and TF-51D Mustang G-TFSI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 15 Sea Hurricane IB G-BKTH and TF-51D Mustang G-TFSI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 16 Sea Hurricane IB G-BKTH and TF-51D Mustang G-TFSI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 17 Sea Hurricane IB G-BKTH and TF-51D Mustang G-TFSI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 17 TF-51D Mustang Contrary Mary G-TFSI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 18 TF-51D Mustang Contrary Mary G-TFSI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 19 Sea Hurricane IB Z7015 G-BKTH Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 20 TF-51D Mustang Contrary Mary G-TFSI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 21 TF-51D Mustang Contrary Mary G-TFSI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 22 TF-51D Mustang Contrary Mary G-TFSI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 23 Spitfire PRXI PL983 G-PRXI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 24 Spitfire PRXI PL983 G-PRXI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 25 Spitfire PRXI PL983 G-PRXI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 26 Spitfire PRXI PL983 G-PRXI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 27 Spitfire PRXI PL983 G-PRXI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 28 Spitfire PRXI PL983 G-PRXI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 29 Spitfire PRXI PL983 G-PRXI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 30 Spitfire PRXI PL983 G-PRXI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 31 Spitfire PRXI PL983 G-PRXI Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 32 Comper CLA7 Swift Replica G-ECTF Shutteworth Race Day 2018 33 Comper CLA7 Swift G-ACTF and G-ECTF Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 34 Comper CLA 7 Swift G-ACTF Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 35 Comper CLA7 Swift Replica G-ECTF Shutteworth Race Day 2018 36 Comper CLA7 Swift Replica G-ECTF Shutteworth Race Day 2018 37 Avro XIX Anson G-AHKX Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 38 Nieuport 17 N1977 G-BWMJ Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 39 Sopwith Camel D1851 G-BZSC Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 40 Sopwith Camel D1851 G-BZSC Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 41 Bristol M1C replica G-BWJM Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 42 Bristol M1C replica G-BWJM Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 43 Bristol M1C replica G-BWJM Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 44 Sopwith Camel D1851 G-BZSC Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 45 Sopwith Camel D1851 G-BZSC and pilot  Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 46 Reims Cessna FR172F G-DRAM Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 47 Spitfire Vc AR501 G-AWII Shuttleworth Collection 2018 48 A-1 Husky G-WATR Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 49 Reims Cessna FR172F G-DRAM Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 50 A-1 Husky G-WATR Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 51 Reims Cessna FR172F G-DRAM Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 52 Spitfire Vc AR501 G-AWII Shuttleworth Collection 2018 53 Spitfire Vc AR501 G-AWII Shuttleworth Collection 2018 54 Spitfire Vc AR501 G-AWII Shuttleworth Collection 2018 55 Spitfire Vc AR501 G-AWII Shuttleworth Collection 2018 56 Spitfire Vc AR501 G-AWII Shuttleworth Collection 2018 57 A-1 Husky G-WATR Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 58 Spitfire Vc AR501 G-AWII Shuttleworth Collection 2018 59 Spitfire Vc AR501 G-AWII Shuttleworth Collection 2018 60 Spitfire Vc AR501 G-AWII Shuttleworth Collection 2018 61 de Havilland DH88 Comet G-ACSS Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 62 de Havilland DH88 Comet G-ACSS Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 63 de Havilland DH88 Comet G-ACSS Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 64 de Havilland DH88 Comet G-ACSS Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 65 de Havilland DH88 Comet G-ACSS Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 66 Travel Air Type R Racer Replica G-TATR Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 67 DH88 Comet G-ACSS and Percival Mew Gull G-AEXF Shutteworth Race Day 2018 68 DH88 Comet Percival Mew Gull and Travel Air Type R Shuttleworth Race Day 2018 lightbox gallery scriptby VisualLightBox.com v6.1

Comment - The Shuttleworth Collection’s season finale on October 7th was a great show for many reasons, firstly as it was the day before my birthday, and secondly, I finally got to see the immaculate restoration that is Supermarine Spitfire Vc AR501 in the air, an aircraft that Ian Lamaran and his team toiled over for 13 years before finally returning the machine to the skies. This meant all the more to me as (in case you missed me mentioning this before!) the Spitfire is one of the subjects of my book, A Tale of Ten Spitfires, which looks at the combat histories of Spitfire Vcs AR501 to AR510. This is something which took me over 14 years to complete from initial idea to final publication, the book being released just a few weeks before. That I had copies in my hand and had missed seeing AR501 fly in May when paperwork delays kept her on the ground, made the day all the more special.

The Race Day theme is inspired by Richard Shuttleworth’s passion for motor racing, veteran cars and aviation, and has that quintessential ‘Old Warden’ atmosphere that pervades all of the displays at this rather unique venue. Various racing ‘acts’ took to the skies throughout the show, my personal highlight being the Collection’s Sea Hurricane IB, which was joined by Air Leasing’s newly acquired TF-51D Mustang in its new 78th Fighter Group colours as ‘Miss Contrary,’ the aircraft’s previous life being as ‘Miss Velma’ with The Fighter Collection at Duxford.  This warbird pairing celebrated unlimited air racing, something which takes place in its purest form at Reno every September. Another warbird highlight was an evocative display from John Romain in the Aircraft Restoration Company’s newly restored Spitfire PRXI PL983 bringing a second reconnaissance PRXI to the UK airshow scene to join Peter Teichman’s PL965.

Supermarine’s role in air racing was celebrated by a pair of floatplanes, namely A-1 Husky G-WATR and Reims Cessna FR172F G-DRAM, which harked back to the Schneider air races of the 1930s. Above them flew AR501 showing the lineage of design and engine technology that led from the Supermarine S6b and influenced the Spitfire.

Final event of the main show was a display from the Collection’s de Havilland DH88 Comet racer which then flew in formation with two Percival Mew Gulls and Travel Air Type R Racer Replica G-TATR. It is these ‘pinch yourself’ moments that make me truly appreciate the magic that is Shuttleworth.

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