Shut­tle­worth Her­itage Day

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS - Re­port: Nigel Hitch­man

The Shut­tle­worth Col­lec­tion’s ex­cel­lent dis­play year con­tin­ued with 2 Septem­ber’s Her­itage Day (for­merly the Shut­tle­worth Pageant). The top billing for many was the first ever pub­lic pair­ing of two Spit­fire PRXIS, pro­vided by Hangar 11’s PL965 and Prop­shop Ltd’s newly-flown PL983, which was re­turn­ing to Old War­den− where it had been on ex­ter­nal static dis­play be­tween 1950 and 1975−to make its fly­ing de­but. Fly­ing PL965, Peter Te­ich­man gave his last per­for­mance at this venue be­fore re­tir­ing from dis­playfly­ing at the end of this sea­son. A third Spit­fire, Shut­tle­worth’s LF Vc AR501, made up a Mer­lin­pow­ered trio with the col­lec­tion’s Sea Hur­ri­cane and Hur­ri­cane I P3717. Also new to Old War­den’s dis­play was Richard Me­nage’s splen­did Focke-wulf FW44J Stieglitz D-EMNN, its agility welldemon­strated by To­bias Rup­pel of Ger­man vin­tage air­craft op­er­a­tor Quax Flieger. The Stieglitz was built in Bre­men in 1936 as part of an or­der for the Swedish AF, with which it served un­til 1950. Hav­ing last flown in Swe­den in the early ’60s, and since been on mu­seum dis­play, it was re­stored by Richard in York­shire but taken to Ger­many for fi­nal assem­bly and test fly­ing and cur­rently re­mains on the Ger­man regis­ter. Richard is now restor­ing a sec­ond of the type.

Other high­lights in­cluded the Miles Hawk Speed Six and DH88’S paired fly­past, and solo dis­plays and the de­light­ful ‘only-at-oldWar­den’ group­ing of De­sout­ter, Com­per Swift and DH60X Moth. The two brief WWI fighter for­ma­tions of Sop­with Camel and Tri­plane, Bris­tol M1c and Fighter, were loose but great to see. The ‘Ed­war­dian’ Avro Tri­plane and Bris­tol Boxkite’s for­ma­tion passes closed the show.

BE­LOW LEFT: Pol­ished aer­o­bat­ics from FW44J Stieglitz D-EMNN

BE­LOW: De­sout­ter, Com­per Swift and DH60X Moth in ech­e­lon for­ma­tion

First-time pair­ing of Spit­fire PRXIS PL983 and PL965

Peter Te­ich­man gave his last Spit­fire dis­play be­fore re­tir­ing

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