Shuttleworth Heritage Day
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