The Shuttleworth Collection's Bristol F.2B Fighter.
|Location||Old Warden, Bedfordshire|
The Shuttleworth Collection is an aeronautical and automotive museum located at the Old Warden Aerodrome, Old Warden in Bedfordshire, England. It is one of the most prestigious in the world due to the variety of old and well-preserved aircraft.
The collection was founded in 1928 by aviator Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth. While flying a Fairey Battle at night on 2 August 1940, Shuttleworth fatally crashed. His mother, in 1944, formed the Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth Remembrance Trust "for the teaching of the science and practice of aviation and of afforestation and agriculture."
Restoration and maintenance work is carried out by a staff of nine full-time and many volunteer engineers. These volunteers are all members of the 3,000-strong Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society (SVAS). These dedicated enthusiasts are crucial to the preservation and restoration of the collection.
In addition to the aircraft, the collection houses a number of vintage and veteran cars. Events include model-flying days, and once a year, there is a special flying day for schools in the area.
The Shuttleworth Collection puts an emphasis on restoring as many aircraft as possible to flying condition, inline with the founder's original intention. There are typically about twelve air shows per year, including evening displays, which offer the opportunity to see aircraft which in many cases are the last of their type to survive, let alone existing in flyable condition.
The Edwardian flying machines
Some of the most notable aircraft in the collection are the five Edwardian aeroplanes, of which one is the oldest British aeroplane still in flying condition. What makes these exceptional is that they still fly (weather permitting). The oldest, with British civil registration G-AANG, is the Bleriot XI (still with original engine), which dates back to 1909 - six years after the Wright brothers' aircraft and the world's oldest airworthy aeroplane, the next oldest being, at only three weeks newer by date of manufacture, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome's own restored original Bleriot XI (Bleriot factory serial number 56, with civil registration N60094) in the United States.
Aircraft in the collection
|Avro 504K||1918||G-ADEV||Painted as E3273|
|Roe IV Triplane||1964||G-ARSG||Replica|
|Avro Tutor||1933||G-AHSA||Painted as RAF K3241|
|Avro Anson||1946||G-AHKX||Owned by BAE Systems|
|Blackburn Type D||1912||G-AANI||Oldest airworthy British aeroplane|
|Bleriot XI||1909||G-AANG||World's oldest airworthy aircraft|
|Bristol F.2b Fighter||1918||G-AEPH||Painted as RAF D8096|
|Bristol M.1C||1981||G-BWJM||Replica painted as RFC C4918|
|de Havilland DH.51||1924||G-EBIR||Miss Kenya|
|de Havilland DH.53 Humming Bird||1923||G-EBHX||Crashed on 1 July 2012 killing pilot|
|de Havilland DH.60 Cirrus Moth||1925||G-EBLV||Owned by BAE Systems|
|de Havilland DH.60X Hermes Moth||1928||G-EBWD|
|de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth II||1942||G-ANKT||Painted as RAF K2585|
|de Havilland DH.88 Comet||1934||G-ACSS||Grosvenor House|
|De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22||1952||G-BNZC||Painted as RCAF 671|
|Deperdussin Type A monoplane||1910||G-AANH|
|English Electric Wren||1923||G-EBNV|
|Gloster Gladiator||1937||G-AMRK||Painted as RAF K7985|
|Granger Archaeopteryx||1932||G-ABXL||Under restoration off site|
|Grumman FM-2 Wildcat||1943||N49JC||On static display pending restoration|
|Hawker Hind||1935||G-AENP||Painted as RAF K5414|
|Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk.Ib||1939||G-BKTH||Painted as RN Z7015|
|Hawker Tomtit||1931||G-AFTA||Painted as RAF K1786|
|Messerschmitt Me 163||191454||Fuselage mockup with original engine|
|Mignet HM.14 Flying Flea||1939||G-AEBB|
|Miles Magister||1939||G-AJRS||Painted as RAF P6382|
|Percival Mew Gull||1934||G-AEXF||Alex Henshaw's England - Cape Town racer|
|Percival Provost T1||1955||G-KAPW||Painted as RAF XF603|
|Polikarpov Po-2||1924||G-BSSY||Painted as Soviet Air Force 28|
|RAF SE.5A||1918||G-EBIA||Serial F904 now in its original 84 Squadron colours|
|Slingsby Grasshopper TX.1||XA241||Display only|
|Sopwith Camel||2001||G-BZSC||Replica built by Northern Aeroplane Workshop, now at Old Warden|
|Sopwith Pup||1920||G-EBKY||Painted as RFC 9917|
|Sopwith Triplane||1980||G-BOCK||Replica painted as RNAS N6290|
|Supermarine Spitfire LF.Mk.Vc||1942||G-AWII||Serial AR501|
|Westland Lysander Mk.IIIa||1942||G-AZWT||Painted as RAF V9367|
Also resident, but privately owned:
- Druine Turbi
- Fieseler Storch GSTCH
- Luscombe Silvaire
- Miles M3a Falcon G-AEEG
- Miles M14a Hawk Trainer N3788 G-AKPF
- Westland Wallace replica fuselage
- De Havilland DH89A Rapide G-AGSH painted as British European Airways
Vehicles in the collection
There is also a collection of tractors.
- Other large collections of flying historic aircraft
- Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby, UK
- Cole Palen's Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, directly inspired by the Shuttleworth collection, located in Red Hook and Rhinebeck, NY.
- Royal Navy Historic Flight at RNAS Yeovilton, UK
- Commemorative Air Force, in Midland, Texas.
- Fantasy of Flight, in Polk City, Florida;
- Champlin Fighter Collection at the Seattle Museum of Flight (formerly housed at Mesa, Arizona;
- The Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, Texas.
- The Yankee Air Museum in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
- The Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum in St Louis, Missouri
- Ogilvy 1989, Ch.1.
- Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society (SVAS) Retrieved: 7 February 2009
- Ogilvy 1989, Introduction.
- Ellis 2004, pp. 12-14.
- Pilot dies after vintage plane crashes in Bedfordshire BBC News 1 July 2012, accessed 3 July 2012
- Ellis, Ken. Wrecks and Relics - 19th Edition, Midland Publishing, Hinckley, Leicestershire. 2004. ISBN 1-85780-183-0.
- Guttery, T.E. The Shuttleworth Collection. London: Wm. Carling & Co, 1969. ISBN 0-901319-01-5.
- Ogilvy, David. The Shuttleworth Collection. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 1989 (revised edition 1994). ISBN 1-85310-503-1.
- Ogilvy, David. Shuttleworth - The Historic Aeroplanes. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 1989 ISBN 1-85310-106-0.
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