All posts by Kevin Panter

Re-roofing the Living Van

Over the winter it was planned to re-cover the roof the Clayton and Shuttleworth Living Van that is normally seen on air display days providing a venue to serve tea to the hard-working volunteers and staff. When the living van had been restored about 10 years ago the roof was in largely good condition so was left alone, however age has caught up with it and some persistent leaks meant that it went in to the workshop at the beginning of 2020.

The roof had previously been covered with tarred felt, fitted at some point in its life as a shepherd’s hut. This covering was removed to reveal the roof boards underneath which were in good order with the exception of the edge board on each side. These were removed and replaced just before the lockdown was enforced in mid March.

Over the past month the roof has been prepared to receive the new roofing covering.  All the boards have been screwed down and holes filled and then sanded smooth and the curved mouldings at each end that sandwich the canvas under the roof boards have been remade due to the ravages of weather and age.

It is planned to fit a canvas covering which is closer to the original roofing style. The volunteers are now at the stage of applying the new canvas to the roof. To check that the proposed method will work, a test section of roof has been built and the canvas applied using the process below.

August Drive-In Air Displays – Tickets Selling Fast

After the sell-out success of the World’s first drive-in air display held at the Shuttleworth Collection on Saturday 18th July, tickets are selling fast for the next air display on Sunday 2nd August.

As numbers are strictly limited it is expected that this display will also sell out before the date, so we advise all SVAS members thinking of going to purchase their tickets now.

UPDATE: Tickets to the 2nd August show have now sold out!

The 15th August Magnificent Musical Flying Display will also be in a drive-in format and numbers will be limited. Please book early to avoid disappointment

Remembering Richard

This year we are commemorating the 111th anniversary of the birth of Richard Shuttleworth who was born on the 16th July 1909, and also the 80th anniversary of his death on 2nd August 1940.

A blue ribbon has been tied around the tree that was planted in the grounds of Old Warden Park to mark his birth in 1909 and is visible from the North Parkland that you can explore as part of your visit to Shuttleworth.

The hangars at Shuttleworth that house Richard’s collection are open once again so you can find out more about Richard and also see some of the vehicles and aircraft that he collected.

It is also possible to see some of the Collection in our latest virtual air display ‘Treasured Moments at Old Warden’ which is available to watch online now. Click here to purchase.

Proceeds from the virtual air display will go to our emergency appeal to help recover from the dreadful covid-19 closure.

We would very much appreciate any additional donations and these can be made online

July Drive-In Air Display Sold Out

Please note that the Collection’s first ‘drive-in’ air display, to be held on Saturday 18th July, is selling fast.

Tickets are strictly limited so if you would like to attend, we recommend purchasing your ticket now.

There will be no tickets available on the day and it looks like it will be a sell-out!

UPDATE – The July Drive-In Air Display is now sold out.

Tickets for the August Family Drive-In Air Display are on sale now!

Virtual Air Display ‘Treasured Moments at Old Warden’

Following on from the debut event on the 5th May the Shuttleworth Collection are once again bringing the sights and sounds of an afternoon at Old Warden to your living room with our virtual air display on Sunday 5th July.

This time the theme is ‘Treasured Moments at Old Warden’ and features Collection aircraft along with some memorable visiting display items from over the years. It will include favourites such as the Fieseler Storch and Hawker Hind as well as World War One types like the RAF SE5a, Sopwith Snipe and Albatros. It will also bring back the much missed shape of Avro Vulcan XH558 in the form of its last public display which was held at Old Warden in 2015.

As always the Collection relies on the generous donations of its supporters to keep our magnificent aircraft and vehicles in running condition. The continued cancellation of planned shows this year has removed a significant income source and any support can help the Collection through this challenging time.

The show will be available from Sunday 5th July, to enjoy it please make a donation and watch the highlights of Treasured Moments at Old Warden at the Shuttleworth Collection website.

Keep Your Promises Coming In!

Work is progressing on an auction of promises to raise much needed funds to help the Collection through these challenging times.  We would really like to hear from you if you are able to offer something that people may be interested in bidding for – it doesn’t need to be Shuttleworth related – the more unusual, the better!

To whet your appetite, here are a selection of the wonderful items already promised.  As you might expect, several are Collection orientated, such as: being flown in to a Shuttleworth display; a specially commissioned original oil painting of the Comet and a private room for a dinner at the RAF club with couple of Collection pilots/engineers. There have also been a number of generous offers of lots that have no obvious connection to the SVAS, but go a long way to demonstrating the wonderful breadth of our membership. These will be will be very useful in adding breadth to the bidding audience and have included: a clay pigeon shooting experience; a greenwood woodworking experience and a needle felted portrait of your pet.  Our thanks to our very generous supporters so far.

Please contact Matthew Studdert-Kennedy via the SVAS office if you are able to offer something that you feel may be able to be auctioned later this season.

Shuttleworth’s First Virtual Air Display

We wanted to enjoy our 2020 airshow season with our wonderful visitors, but in light of COVID-19 plans have changed a little!

This Sunday 3 May, would have been our Season Premiere, and at Shuttleworth we do not like to disappoint so we will be bringing you an alternative airshow – an exciting and nostalgic online look at the very best highlights from our most recent seasons.

The Shuttleworth Collection derives a significant source of income from our events and airshows, which is vital in enabling us to keep our internationally significant aircraft in airworthy and displayable condition. With the confirmed loss of our first four airshows and an uncertain season ahead, we need support.

A first for us, our Alternative Season Premiere is available online to view for as little as just £2.50. Although we would very much appreciate it if you could donate more (see our appeal here)
We hope you enjoy our first online airshow. Every penny of support is appreciated, helping us to reduce the impact of lost income and we hope to welcome many of you back to Shuttleworth later this year.

Watch the virtual air display now

Important Appeal – Can You Help?

The present Covid-19 pandemic is causing problems across all areas of the country and sadly the Shuttleworth Collection is not immune. Events have already been cancelled to the end of June leading to a huge loss in income for Shuttleworth. Despite the site being closed, costs are still incurred

We are now appealing to you to support us in emergency fund raising to help secure the future of the Collection so that we and future generations can all continue to enjoy the Shuttleworth experience when this dreadful crisis is over.

Whilst we appreciate that times are challenging at the moment and some of our regular visitors and supporters may be working reduced hours, on furlough or unable to work, if you would like to help we welcome donations, however large or small, as anything that will assist to ‘Keep Them Flying’ would be very much appreciated.

Find out more about our appeal

SVAS Office Closure

In line with Government guidelines the Shuttleworth Collection has been closed, and all events to the end of June have been cancelled. This has meant that the SVAS office has also had to close for postal and telephone correspondence. We apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause, but thank you in advance for your understanding.

Many of the volunteers and members of the SVAS will be self isolating during this time but you can still get in touch with our volunteer staff by email at

The latest issue of Prop-Swing and new 2020 membership cards will be arriving shortly with members who had renewed before 20th March and our regular electronic newsletters will continue to keep you informed during this uncertain time.

If you have recently renewed by post or left a voicemail message and hear nothing in response please forgive us until we are able to find ways to collect mail.

We thank you for your continued support and request you to keep looking at our website and social media for more information.

Scale Model Exhibition 2020 Review

Although storm Dennis did its best to disrupt proceedings the annual Scale Model Exhibition organised by the SVAS went ahead on Sunday 16th February. A few exhibitors and traders were unfortunately not able to make it due to the weather conditions but there was still plenty to see!

Over 40 different exhibitors and traders did make it to display at Shuttleworth and hundreds of visitors braved the storm to admire the handiwork. We were also fortunate to have the grand-daughter of Percival Chief Designer Arthur Bage visiting and she took the opportunity to display a selection of her grandfathers original drawings and scrapbooks of photographs of Percival designs.

The modelling competition was particularly close this year with judges Rob Millinship and Rory Cook commenting ‘Modelling standards continue to be very high, in some categories it has been very difficult to choose a winner. The modellers have been very careful with the fine details which make our job that much harder!’ However, the judges did manage to pick some winners and they were:

Winner 1/72nd & Smaller Scale – 1/144th P51 Mustang by Robert McDonald

Winner 1/48th & Smaller Scale – 1/48th Supermarine Channel by Hugh Beyts

Winner larger than 1/48th – Skeletal Fokker D.VII by Mick Norris

Junior Modeller – Typhoon British Legend by Joby Girling

Best in Show – the John Morris Memorial Trophy – Shogun Samurai on horseback by Bob Parker

Hopefully some of these inspire you to take part, there is an entire year to build entries for next year’s competition which will be on Sunday 21st February 2021!