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100 Years Ago, Clayton & Shuttleworth in the news

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.

Sopwith Camel and volunteers and engineers responsible for building it
Volunteers and engineers responsible for building and testing the airworthy Sopwith Camel based at Shuttleworth. All Photographs courtesy of Darren Harbar.

Miles Hawk Speed Six for Shuttleworth

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.

Miles Hawk Speed Six - Darren Harbar

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.

Parnall Elf Colour Scheme Unveiled

 

During the recent restoration of the Parnall Elf, evidence has been found for one of it’s original colour schemes.

For many years the Elf has been seen in its classic cream and green colours, but the original colour scheme appears to have been even more striking!

 

Parnall Elf Side copy

The original colour scheme for the Elf (mocked up in the side view of a MkI Elf above) featured a dove grey fuselage with orange/red highlights and light pink wings.

The Elf will certainly make a striking scene when it returns to the skies over Old Warden!

New Event for Shuttleworth

Shuttleworth - The Musical August will be a season for music at Shuttleworth this year as a second musical event will take to the stage over the same weekend as the Collection’s popular Flying Proms concert.

On Sunday 19th August a new event, Shuttleworth – the Musical will debut at Old Warden. It is based (very loosely!) on the story of Shuttleworth and will be an event like no other seen.

More details available at the Shuttleworth Collection website

Register your interest at marketing@shuttleworth.org

Scale Model Exhibition

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.

Admiring Models

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.”

Judges Rory Cook and Rob Millinship inspect the entrants in Category 2 of the scale model competition
Judges Rory Cook and Rob Millinship inspect the entrants in Category 2 of the scale model competition

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
  • Junior Modeller – Highly Commended – Tom Shaw (age 8), Vulcan Take-off
  • Best In Show – Richard Watts, scratch built 1/16 Clerget Rotary engine

All photographs provided by courtesy of Peter Baughan.

Scratch built Clerget rotary engine by Richard Watts - Winner of the John Morris Memorial Trophy for Best in Show
Scratch built Clerget rotary engine by Richard Watts – Winner of the John Morris Memorial Trophy for Best in Show
Chris Jones' Focke-Wulf FW189A2 model - winner of Category 1 in the scale model competition
Chris Jones’ Focke-Wulf FW189A2 model – winner of Category 1 in the scale model competition
Chris Jones' F105D Thunderchief model, winner of Category 2
Chris Jones’ F105D Thunderchief model, winner of Category 2
Chris Jones - Winner of Category 1 and Category 2 in the competition
Chris Jones – Winner of Category 1 and Category 2 in the competition
Terry Hatch - Winner of Category 3 in the scale model competition
Terry Hatch – Winner of Category 3 in the scale model competition
Judges Rob Millinship and Peter Holloway judging the winner of the Junior Modeller category
Judges Rob Millinship and Peter Holloway judging the winner of the Junior Modeller category
12 year old Alexandra Read-Simpson, winner of the Junior Modeller category
12 year old Alexandra Read-Simpson, winner of the Junior Modeller category
Highly Commended Junior Modeller - Tom Shaw age 8
Highly Commended Junior Modeller – Tom Shaw age 8

Bank Change Information for Standing Orders

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.