We are sorry to report that long standing SVAS member Fred Harris passed away yesterday.
Fred had been a volunteer at the Collection for many years, carrying out tasks ranging from restoring the Fergie tractor to building the SOE ladder for the Lysander to being membership secretary for many years.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time. His observations will be missed.
The Shuttleworth Collection have just advised us that all remaining tickets for the Season Premiere are likely to be sold today (Thursday 3rd May). There will be no tickets available on the gate for the air display on Sunday 6th May.
Further details about the event are available on the Shuttleworth Collection website.
UPDATE: (Friday 4th May): ALL TICKETS TO THE SEASON PREMIERE AIR SHOW, SUN 6 MAY, HAVE NOW BEEN SOLD. There will be no tickets available on the day and anybody arriving without a valid ticket will be turned away. We apologise for any disappointment caused.
On the 21st April 1918 Canadian Roy Brown was flying a Clayton & Shuttleworth built Sopwith Camel when he was credited with shooting down the infamous Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen. The event was recorded globally in newspapers and was also commemorated with a souvenir brochure for workers at the Clayton and Shuttleworth company.
The Camel involved was B7270 and had been built by Clayton & Shuttleworth in their Titanic works in Lincoln. The aircraft was issued to 209 Squadron earlier in 1918 and had been flown several times by Roy Brown, being used to shoot down other aircraft before being credited with the victory on 21st April.
At the time of the victory, Richard Shuttleworth was approaching his ninth birthday. Perhaps some of the reports of aircraft built by his uncle’s company had the effect of inspiring Richard and fostered an interest in aviation that would last his lifetime.
100 years on, the Shuttleworth Collection is proud to house an airworthy exact replica of a Sopwith Camel, which can be seen flying at events throughout the summer.