The early autumn sun casts an atmospheric glow across the English countryside as the 50hp Gnome rotary engine gently encourages the Blackburn Type D monoplane in elegant turns around the airfield. Time seems to stand still whenever this beautiful piece of history takes to the skies and the October 2015 show at Old Warden was … Continue reading Shuttleworth Uncovered – 4th October 2015
Ahead of a full report, I wanted to share some of my pictures from an excellent afternoon in the Autumnal sun at Old Warden.
Vulcan effect or Blenheim effect? That was the question on Sunday 5th July.... The Shuttleworth “Pageant” shows are always flagship events for the collection, this years Military Pageant was no exception. With WW1 as a central theme the airfield looked the part with many Great War vehicles and re-enactors moving around the airfield, this was … Continue reading Shuttleworth Collection Military Pageant – 5th July 2015
I'm still reeling from a fantastic weekend of historic aviation. Rather than waiting until I've put together my full report on flying legends I thought I would share a few pictures with you all from the Sunday of the show. Plenty more to follow!
This week may be a little thin on the ground in terms of the usual Warbird Tails content, so I thought it would be a good time for another short "ramblings" type post. The airshow season is nearly upon us yet again! March is always an exciting time in the world of warbirds and airshows, … Continue reading Off Season Wind Down…
The previous posting in this series looked at the flying Merlin powered examples of the Spitfire in North America. This post will be slightly shorter and will look at the examples flying with a Griffon engine. Mk XIVs North America is home to three examples of the Mk XIV, the first mass produced Spitfire to … Continue reading Airworthy Spitfires of North America: Part 2
Concluding the look at UK based Spitfires, it is now time to look at the Spitfire's Teenage years, with the Mk XIV, XVI, XVIII and XIX. Mark XIV: The Mark XIV was an important development in the grand scheme of the Spitfire. The Rolls Royce Griffon engine had been introduced to the Spitfire in 1941, … Continue reading UK Spitfires Part 3: The Teens…
100 years ago today the second HMS Ark Royal was commissioned, this ship was special in that it was the first to be designed and built to carry aircraft. During the war it was largely used for seaplane storage rather than actual flight deck operations though it did have a launching station on deck. The … Continue reading 100 Years of the Ark Royal – Royal Navy Aircraft