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Prepa­ra­tions for RAF100, 2018 Shut­tle­worth dates and other news

The Shut­tle­worth Col­lec­tion’s an­nual two-day be­hind the scenes ‘open work­shop’ event was held on 29-30 De­cem­ber 2017. It gave visi­tors the chance to see up close some of the cur­rent restora­tion and re­pair work and chat to the air­craft engi­neers and volunteers about the vin­tage air­craft that they main­tain in air­wor­thy con­di­tion. The ve­hi­cle work­shop team also talked about how they pre­serve and run the Col­lec­tion’s his­toric vet­eran, Ed­war­dian and vin­tage cars and bikes in­clud­ing the 1903 De Di­et­rich – last year’s Shut­tle­worth en­try in the London-to-brighton vet­eran ve­hi­cle run. An agricultur­al dis­play fea­tur­ing the liv­ing van, chaff cut­ter, trac­tors, and other ex­hibits also fea­tured.

There was a good deal of in­ter­est in Spit­fire Vc AR501’S progress to­wards fly­ing again af­ter its lengthy re­build. It had ini­tial en­gine runs in Novem­ber 2017 but is un­likely to fea­ture in any dis­play un­til mid-sum­mer. Sad-looking Bris­tol M1C replica C4918 had its en­gine re­moved and wings off. Back in mid-july, it made a heavy land­ing af­ter its 110hp Le Rhône en­gine failed to pick up on fi­nal ap­proach. Pi­lot ‘Dodge’ Bai­ley just man­aged to scrape through the top of the bound­ary hedge dur­ing the 15 July even­ing dis­play. Upon ex­am­i­na­tion, the M1C was found to have a cracked front up­right on the port side of its fuse­lage. Re­pairs ne­ces­si­tated the re­moval of its en­gine, which was trans­ferred to the Avro 504K (also present in the work­shop along with the Tu­tor and Blériot – the lat­ter also with its en­gine re­moved). Hur­ri­cane I R4118, which was grounded last year with a crack on the port side of its sin­gle-piece Mer­lin III block, is re­ceiv­ing some at­ten­tion to the fab­ric on its con­trol sur­faces while the en­gine is out. It is hoped it will be fly­ing again later this year.

Else­where in the Col­lec­tion’s hangars, BAE Sys­tems’ Avro XIX Se­ries 2 ‘An­son’ was showing prepara­tory work ahead of its

planned re­paint­ing in a Royal Air Force colour scheme to mark RAF cen­te­nary. It is widely re­ported that it will carry the mark­ings of an An­son once with the RAF Con­ingsby Sta­tion Flight. Built in 1946 and reg­is­tered G-AHKX to Smiths Air­craft In­stru­ments as a civil­ian Avro 19 Srs 2, it was flown by Tr­effield Avi­a­tion from 1959 and used on var­i­ous con­tracts by Kemps Aerial Sur­veys from 1968 to 1973 be­fore pur­chase by Sir Wil­liam Roberts in Jan­uary 1974. With the sale of his Strathal­lan Col­lec­tion in July 1981, Bri­tish Aerospace at Wood­ford man­aged to secure the non-air­wor­thy Avro 19 for just £600. Although it was orig­i­nally planned that it should be re­stored by ap­pren­tices, this com­plex task was even­tu­ally com­pleted by vol­un­teer re­tired staff and it was flown again at Wood­ford on 8 March 2002. Since that time ’KX has been on loan to the Shut­tle­worth Col­lec­tion and has reg­u­larly taken part in dis­plays at Old War­den and else­where. It is ex­pected that the An­son will make its first ap­pear­ance in its new guise at Old War­den on Sun­day 6 May in the ‘Sea­son Pre­miere and RAF Cen­te­nary’ air­show.

The re­main­ing fly­ing events pro­gramme for 2018 in­clude: 19 May — Even­ing Air­show; 3 June — Fly Navy; 16 June — Even­ing Air­show; 1 July — Mil­i­tary Pageant (WWI Cen­te­nary); 14 July — Even­ing Air­show; 5 Au­gust — The Shut­tle­worth Fam­ily air­show; 12 Au­gust — Gath­er­ing of Moths (DH Moth Club); 18 Au­gust — Fly­ing Proms (21 Years); 2 Septem­ber — Shut­tle­worth Her­itage Day; 7 Oc­to­ber — Race Day & Shut­tle­worth Sprint. www.shut­tle­worth.org

PHOTO: AN­DREW MARCH

Shut­tle­worth’s Spit­fire Vc edges ever-closer back to flight

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Flash­back to July 2017: ‘Dodge’ Bai­ley trims the hedge while ar­riv­ing in the Bris­tol M1C replica — he was lucky not to trip over it!

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Be­low: BAE’S Avro XIX being pre­pared for re­paint­ing, pos­si­bly in RAF Con­ingsby Sta­tion Flight colours

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Above: grounded last sum­mer, Hur­ri­cane 1 R4118 awaits a re­place­ment Mer­lin en­gine

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