Old War­den gath­er­ings

Pilot - - Old Timers -

A high­light of the Fly Navy event on 3 June was the sight of three air­wor­thy Avro 504s to­gether for the first time in many years in the UK. The Shut­tle­worth Col­lec­tion’s 110hp Le Rhône-en­gined 504K G-ADEV/E3273 was joined by Thomas Harris’s sim­i­larly pow­ered, new­lyre­stored 504K G-EBHB/E2977 and grand­son of co-founder Al­liot, Eric Ver­don-roe’s Ar­gen­tine-built 504K replica G-EROE, which is fit­ted with a mod­ern Rotec R3600 ra­dial en­gine. Only Shut­tle­worth’s ex­am­ple flew in the dis­play, so per­haps a three-ship for­ma­tion is a sea­son’s high­light still to come.

The fol­low­ing week­end saw Old War­den host the Light Air­craft As­so­ci­a­tion and Bri­tish Ro­tor­craft As­so­ci­a­tion’s au­t­o­gyro fly-in. With sixty au­t­o­gy­ros present, the event com­fort­ably beat 2017’s to­tal of 47 to set a new UK at­ten­dance record for this class of air­craft. Five of the sixty were the late Ken Wal­lis’s au­t­o­gy­ros which, the fa­mous WA-116 G-ARZB

Lit­tle Nel­lie aside, had been tucked away in Old War­den’s pri­vate hangars fol­low­ing his death in 2013. The old­est was WA-116 Ag­ile G-ARRT, built in 1961. Keep­ing it com­pany were a sec­ond ex­am­ple, G-AVDG, dat­ing from 1966; two-seat WA-116T G-AXAS Zeus III (1969) and the big­ger, high-per­for­mance 130hp Con­ti­nen­tal O-240-pow­ered WA120 G-AYVO (1971). Re­port & photos: Nigel Hitch­man

Four of a kind: Ken Wal­lis's de­signs starred at a record-break­ing au­t­o­gyro fly-in

Three Avro 504Ks lined-up at Old War­den

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