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.shuttleworth.org 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?