Old Warden gatherings
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