Old Timers

Pilot - - CONTENTS - Re­port: Paul Fid­dian

Sea­son-end­ing shows, vin­tage restora­tions progress, and Sea Kings' end of ser­vice

At­trac­tive air­craft line-ups and good weather have en­hanced Shut­tle­worth’s 2018 air­shows, and both re­turned for its sea­son-clos­ing Race Day on 7 Oc­to­ber. This pop­u­lar event opened with a Glider Race in which Slingsby Kirby Kite BGA310, Pe­trel BGA651 and swept-wing Fal­con replica BGA3166 made a joint spi­ralling de­scent. The orig­i­nal Type 1 Fal­con, built by Fred Slingsby in 1931, was a copy of Ger­man de­signer Alexan­der Lip­pisch’s RRG Falke trainer. First flown in 1986, BGA3166 is a re­cre­ation pro­duced from orig­i­nal draw­ings by Ken Fripp at South­down Aero Ser­vices, Lasham.

Fol­low­ing this gen­tle start, rac­ing air­craft span­ning the decades rushed through the calm au­tumn air. The first of two Mock Air Races saw the launch of BAE Sys­tems’ DH60 and Black­burn B2; Shut­tle­worth’s DH60X, Mag­is­ter and South­ern Mart­let; Chilton DW1A G-JUJU and Spar­tan 7W Ex­ec­u­tive NC17633, the lat­ter com­fort­ably out­pac­ing the rest of the field. Later there was a carousel of eleven rep­re­sen­ta­tive or ac­tual King’s Cup Race par­tic­i­pants. Past win­ners Cos­mic Wind G-ARUL

Bal­le­rina (1964) and ex-ghana AF Bull­dog 122 G-BCUS (2012) flew to­gether, while the res­i­dent DH88 Comet G-ACSS, Miles Hawk Speed Six G-ADGP and Mew Gull G-AEXF formed a thir­ties three­some. These three had ap­peared at the 1937 and ’38 races, the Mew Gull win­ning the lat­ter in Alex Hen­shaw’s hands. The DH60, Tiger Moth and vis­it­ing Tur­bu­lent G-BLTC formed an­other flight of three, as did Shut­tle­worth’s Chip­munk and De­sout­ter I with Sy­well­based Mes­sen­ger 2A G-AKIN. The Comet and Mew Gull

were air­borne again for the out­stand­ing Fa­mous Rac­ers for­ma­tion along with Mew Gull replica G-HEKL and Travel Air Mystery Ship G-TATR. They fol­lowed Husky A-1 G-WATR, Cessna 172F G-DRAM and Spit­fire LF Vc AR501’S novel Sch­nei­der Tro­phy trib­ute, with the lat­ter aer­o­bat­ting high above the float­planes. The Brook­lands Mu­seum’s mag­nif­i­cent Sop­with Tabloid, repli­cat­ing 1914’s Sch­nei­der Tro­phy win­ner, was a no­table ground ex­hibit along­side a host of fa­mous rac­ing cars. Many of these rac­ers, with Brook­lands’ very suc­cess­ful 1933 Napier-rail­ton among them, took part in the Shut­tle­worth Sprint along the run­way prior to the air dis­play.

Other air­borne com­bi­na­tions in­cluded F1 rac­ers Midget Mus­tang G-AWIR, Tay­lor Titch G-AYZH and the Cos­mic Wind; a sex­tet of Pitts Spe­cials and Sea Hur­ri­cane 1b Z7015 and An­glia Air­craft Restora­tions’ TF51D Con­trary Mary giv­ing, at least, a flavour of the Reno Air Races. With the Avro 504K and Sop­with Dove un­ser­vice­able, WWI Rac­ers com­prised Shut­tle­worth’s Sop­with Camel and Bris­tol M1C pair­ing and, with G-LCGL pulled off the flight­line with a bro­ken ex­haust pipe, the planned Com­per trio be­came a duo.

High­lights of the solo dis­plays were Peter Kynsey’s im­pec­ca­ble Cos­mic Wind aer­o­bat­ics and John Ro­main’s su­perb pre­sen­ta­tion of for­mer Old War­den gate guardian Spit­fire PR XI PL983. The lat­ter hon­oured famed WWII ATA pi­lot Let­tice Cur­tis, who had raced it post-war. The ‘Ed­war­dian’ Bris­tol Boxkite, Black­burn Mono­plane and Deper­dussin drew 2018’s last UK air­show to a close, to­gether with an­other clo­sure: that of Roger ‘Dodge’ Bai­ley’s ten­ure as Shut­tle­worth’s Chief Pi­lot. His exit from the Black­burn’s cock­pit elicited rous­ing ap­plause from the ap­pre­cia­tive crowd.

ABOVE: land­ing as a pair, the Slingsby Fal­con replica (near­est cam­era) and Kirby Kite

Show­stop­ping ‘Clas­sic Rac­ers’ for­ma­tion of DH88 Comet, Mew Gull pair – orig­i­nal G-AEXF and replica G-HEKL – and Travel Air Mystery Ship

Miles Mes­sen­ger trails the Shut­tle­worth Col­lec­tion's De­sout­ter and Chip­munk in the Kings Cup pa­rade

Le Vier Cos­mic Wind Bal­le­rina, in the hands of long-term owner Peter Kynsey

The Husky A-1 and Cessna 172F am­phib­ian float­planes power around the ‘race cir­cuit’

The Com­per trio flew be­fore the air dis­play but all-blue G-LCGL later went ‘u/s’

Shut­tle­worth’s Sea Hur­ri­cane and vis­it­ing Mus­tang brought big pis­ton Reno-style rac­ing to the event

Aero en­gine-pow­ered Brook­lands’ Napier-rail­ton was one of the run­way ‘rac­ers’

‘Dodge’ Bai­ley af­ter his last dis­play as Shut­tle­worth’s Chief Pi­lot

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