Waiting in the wings
Two new Old Warden residents – a replica Albatros D.VA and SE5A – were on show at Race Day: both should be seen flying next year.
The Albatros D.VA, registered G-WAHT, is one of The Vintage Aviator Ltd’s modern WWI aircraft reproductions built in New Zealand in 2017. Owner Oliver Wulff has it on loan to the WWI Aviation Heritage Trust at Stow Maries, its future homebase. Strikingly marked to represent German WWI ace Otto Kissenberth’s Albatros, complete with lozenged wings, black fuselage and prominent edelweiss decoration, it should be ready for flight-testing before the end of 2018. SE5A ‘C1096’/G-ERFC is of significantly greater provenance, being a 1980s replica constructed in Yorkshire by John Tetley that wears No 56 Squadron ace ‘Hank’ Burden’s personal markings. During the early-2000s, Tetley had the SE5A on ten-year loan to the Memorial Flight at La Ferté Alais, which installed an original WWI Wolseley Viper engine to complement its genuine SE5A instrumentation, fuel tank and Lewis Gun. Further modifications were performed after present owner Roy Palmer acquired it in 2014. The result, with its newly-installed 1918 Wright-hispano Suiza Model E engine (fitted by Retrotec), replica Hispano Suiza propeller, and the various structural revisions made by Aero Antiques, is a most authentic replica. The SE5A will remain at Old Warden for 2019’s Shuttleworth flying events.
ABOVE: New arrival from New Zealand, the Albatros D.VA on show at Old Warden before it moves to Stow Maries BELOW: Truly representative SE5A replica 'C1096' alongside Shuttleworth's genuine example