Shuttleworth Collection Celebrates 100 Years of the RAF – Season Premiere 6th May 2018

The first Shuttleworth Collection airshow of 2018 took place on the 6th May and marked the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force. Weather conditions were absolutely perfect, with strong sunshine and hardly any wind throughout the afternoon. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/27283395147/in/dateposted-public/ The static display featured some gems to enjoy before the show, including the Bristol Scout replica, … Continue reading Shuttleworth Collection Celebrates 100 Years of the RAF – Season Premiere 6th May 2018

Shuttleworth Collection Open Engineering Workshop 2016

This years Open Workshop days moved to a mid-week slot, rather nicely filling the no-mans land between Christmas and New Year. The move certainly seemed to work well as on the Thursday, when I attended, the airfield was incredibly busy, certainly as busy as I've seen this event. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/32146504986/in/dateposted-public/ There is no doubt that the … Continue reading Shuttleworth Collection Open Engineering Workshop 2016

Sopwith Camel Comes Alive

As part of the Shuttleworth Collection Engineering Open Workshop event on the 29th December 2016, the Collection's Sopwith Camel replica carried out its first public engine run. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/31696335630/in/dateposted-public/ I felt that this special event, which came as a great surprise to me, was worthy of its own separate post. https://www.flickr.com/photos/127965535@N04/32071381385/in/dateposted-public/ The Camel has been under … Continue reading Sopwith Camel Comes Alive

Sopwith’s First World War – Part 6: The Camel Part 2 -Survivors

Following on from last weeks post looking at the history of Sopwith's most famous design, this week I have chosen to take a look at the seven original Camels that remain as well as a look at two notable reproduction examples of the type. Original Aircraft - F.1 F6314 - Royal Air Force Museum Hendon Hendon’s example, … Continue reading Sopwith’s First World War – Part 6: The Camel Part 2 -Survivors

Sopwith’s First World War – Part 5: The Camel Part 1 – The Legend

“Its tricks took some learning……it really had people frightened.” - Arthur Cobby At last this Sopwith story reaches the crucial stage, where Sopwith went from being just one of a number of aircraft manufacturers, to being the one name everyone associates with the conflict. This time we take a look at the “Spitfire of the … Continue reading Sopwith’s First World War – Part 5: The Camel Part 1 – The Legend

First World War In the Air – RAF Museum – Exhibit Histories

Last week I posted my thoughts on the new First World War exhibition at the RAF Museum's Hendon site, this post looks at the history of the aircraft included in the display. Bleriot XXVII - "433":  This aircrafts history until around 1965 is not known, though it is highly likley that the aircraft was built … Continue reading First World War In the Air – RAF Museum – Exhibit Histories