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.
The Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society is pleased to announce that the Shuttleworth Collection has purchased the sole surviving Miles Hawk Speed Six. Funds from the SVAS have been used to purchase the aircraft which will be arriving at Old Warden later in 2018.
The Miles Hawk Speed Six is a racing aeroplane developed from the Miles Hawk Major during the 1930s and will fit in well with the racing aircraft including the iconic de Havilland DH88 Comet and Percival Mew Gull already resident with the Collection.
The SVAS organised Scale Model Exhibition took place in the engineering hangar at Shuttleworth on Sunday 18th February and was enjoyed by hundreds of additional visitors.
Event organiser and SVAS Chairman Kevin Panter said “Everybody that I have spoken to has enjoyed the day and although it is hard work putting on, it is worth it to see the enjoyment that people get from the day.”
The competition at the event was especially difficult to judge, but fortunately, Collection pilots Peter Holloway and Rob Millinship and engineer Rory Cook, were able to come to agreements for each of the categories. Judge Peter Holloway said “The standard of models around the show this year is particularly high and the junior modellers in particular are very good. In a few years time the junior modellers today could be in with a shout of winning the other competition categories!”
The winners of the Competitions were:
Category 1 – 1/72nd Scale or smaller – Chris Jones, FW189A2
Category 2 – 1/48th Scale or smaller (exc. Cat 1) – Chris Jones, F105D Thunderchief
Category 3 – Larger than 1/48th Scale – Terry Hatch, Churchill Tank
Junior Modeller – Winner – Alexandra Read-Simpson (age 12), Stuka
Due to difficulties we have experienced recently with Bank of Scotland we have decided to move towards closing this account. In order to do this we need all members who pay by standing order to amend their instruction to pay their subscriptions into the SVAS Lloyds account; details of this bank are on the renewal form sent with the Winter 2017 Prop-Swing and are also available from the Membership Secretaries.
Our Bank of Scotland account will remain open for at least the next year so there is no need to panic if payment has been made into this account. However, it would be much appreciated if you would change your standing order to ensure that future payments are made into our Lloyds account.