Not-so-ed­war­dian Pageant

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A brisk wind on Sun­day 5 August pre­cluded the Shut­tle­worth Col­lec­tion’s old­est air­craft from tak­ing to the air at the Ed­war­dian Pageant. This did not pre­vent the four-and-ahalf-hour fly­ing dis­play from once again be­ing highly en­joy­able. In a now well-es­tab­lished tra­di­tion, the pre­sen­ta­tion of air­craft in un­usual for­ma­tions ahead of in­di­vid­ual dis­plays proved pop­u­lar. No­table were the wel­come re­turns of the DH51 Miss Kenya, fly­ing with the Avro Tu­tor and, fol­low­ing its en­gine over­haul and re­fur­bish­ment, the RAF SE5A with the Bris­tol Fighter. The ‘Black­burn Pair’, BAE Sys­tems’ Black­burn B2 with Mark Miller’s Black­burn Cir­rus Mi­nor-pow­ered Auster Au­to­crat was an in­no­va­tive duo. Mark was again in the air in his DH89 Dragon Rapide fly­ing with Peter Greenyer’s DH90 Dragon­fly G-AEDU that is cel­e­brat­ing its 80th birth­day this year.

For many vis­i­tors the long-awaited Old War­den de­but by the WWI Avi­a­tion Her­itage Trust’s Sop­with Snipe, en­er­get­i­cally dis­played by Jean-michel Munn, was a high­light of the af­ter­noon. David Brem­ner showed how much bet­ter his Bris­tol Scout per­forms fol­low­ing the re­build of its orig­i­nal Le Rhône en­gine and the Sop­with Dove G-EAGA, cur­rently ad­ver­tised for sale by its owner, was nicely dis­played by Ste­wart Luck.

There were two very dif­fer­ent nine-air­craft dis­plays dur­ing the af­ter­noon. The DH Moth Club’s Tiger 9 team skil­fully flew its Tiger Moth close for­ma­tions in the gusty con­di­tions and the RAF Red Ar­rows with its nine scar­let-painted Hawks gave their usual im­pec­ca­ble per­for­mance to end the show. While the Ed­war­dians were not rep­re­sented in the air there was much to see from that era on the ground, not least a pack of Ed­war­dian bi­cy­cles in ac­tion and a mag­nif­i­cent heavy horse-drawn fire en­gine on the move.

See www.shut­tle­ for de­tails of the sea­son’s fi­nal event on 1 Oc­to­ber.

Clock­wise from above: DH51 and Avro Tu­tor; TVAL built Sop­with Snipe replica mak­ing its Old War­den de­but; Black­burn B2 (left) and Auster Au­to­crat

Above: Ed­war­dian heavy horse-drawn steam pump fire en­gine Left: What price this fine Sop­with Dove replica, cur­rently up for sale?

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