Text & Pictures: Serge Van Heertum - Translation: Marc Arys  © sbap 2016

The theme for the August show at Shuttleworth was the "Edwardian pageant". A very attractive theme with the purpose of going back in time and relive the beginning of the century in Great Britain.
The Edwardian era or Edwardian period corresponds to the reign of King Edward VII from 1901 tot 1910. Considering this short term reign, one has to know that during the years the Edwardian era was broadened to start around 1890 and to end with the first World War.
With this in mind the organizers concocted a program allowing us to wander through time and space in the air as well as on terra firma. Numerous classic vehicles were present much to the pleasure of the public. Moreover, it is a fact that history and the historical valours still live on in the hearts of our British hosts. So much we could see bit-players or even visitors dressed like in that good old days. Real joy and happiness for the photographers…
The morning was spent wandering around the various booths, listening to the sweet voice of Alexandra Jones or admire and immortalize men and machines visiting Old Warden Airfield.
The after-noon was, as foreseen, dedicated to the airshow and although under a beautiful sun and clear blue skies, the program had to be adapted due to the prevaling wind. Winds were a little bit to strong for those light invaluable airplanes to risk any crash with dramatical consequences. So the Sopwith Snipe, Bristol Fighter, Fokker Dr.1, Albatros D.Va and other stick and tissue Bristol Boxkite or Avro Triplane VI wisely stayed on the ground.

 Nevertheless, the program lived up to the expectations with a.o. the "Tiger Nine", a classical "race" sequence with a baloon chase, a "flour bag" drop, a double act with a Westland Lysander and a Polykarpov Po-2 concluded with a high class finale with both Hurricanes based at Shuttleworth.
A day at Shuttleworth is always a great pleasure and a discovery offering the visitors lots of surprises.
The SBAP-team wishes to thank heartily the organizers and participants for their engagement to make us relive the past to the greatest joy of all the visitors. A big thank you to the team of the Shuttleworth Collection in general and Mrs Ciara Harper in particular, for their warm welcome and facilities granted during our stay.
One word to conclude… Just enjoy yourself, take a leap back in time and head off towards the Shuttleworth Collection. You will not regret the experience and will contribute to the perennity of history, swiftly forgotten in those modern days !


Morning walk at Shuttleworth Old Warden airfield:

Always a great moment to run across the planes but also some collector items among the vehicles like an amazing Arrol-Johnston from 1901 or the Shand Mason Steam fire engine from 1876.
Another amazing engine was the George Shuttleworth Speed Demon motorcycle painted with black and white checkers, a tribute to George Formby who made this replica. This motorcycle is presented in many race revival events by Graeme Hardy.
Everybody there is giving the best to prepare a great airshow, self some people in Edwardian period clothes gives a special caracter to this event.
The Edwardian era or Edwardian period in Great Britain is the period covering the reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910, and is sometimes extended in both directions to capture long term trends from the 1890s to the First World War.
The Edwardian period is sometimes imagined as a romantic golden age of long summer afternoons and garden parties, basking in a sun that never sets on the British Empire. This perception was created in the 1920's and later by those who remembered the Edwardian age with nostalgia, looking back to their childhoods across the abyss of the Great War.

(Pictures: © Serge Van Heertum & © Bruno Ghils)

A morning visitor: North American AT-6D "Harvard" (313048 / G-TDJN)  from 1944
The airshow
 PZL-104 Wilga  A spendid RC model who crashed few second later
Race time:
De Havilland DH-88 "Comet" (G-ACSS)  built 1934, Percival "Mew Gull" (G-AEXF) built in 1936 
and Percival "Mew Gull" (replica) (G-HEKL) built in 2014
The "Tiger Nine" formation
Miles M.14 Magister (P6382 / G-AJRS) built in 1937
Percival P.56 Provost T.1  (XF603 / G-KAPW) built in 1950
Miles M.7 "Nighthawk"  (G-AEEG) built in 1936
CH & J Fauvel  A.V.36 "monobloc"  (n° 133)  built in 1955
Avro C.19 Anson serie two  (G-AHKX)  built in 1946
Hawker Demon Mk.I  (K8203 / G-BTVE) built in 1937
De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth  (K2585 / G-ANKT)  built in 1931
Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub  (G-SVAS)  built in 1961
Westland Lysander Mk IIIA  (V9367)  built in 1938
Polykarpov PO.2 "Peshka" (G-BSSY)  built in 1944
Hurricane Duo: 
Hawker Hurricane Mk I  (R4118)  built in 1940 & Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk Ib  (Z7015 / G-BKTH)  built in 1941

Said to be the most historic fighter aircraft to have survived the war, Hawker Hurricane MkI R4118 was delivered new to 605 (County of Warwick) Squadron at Drem on 17 August 1940. During the Battle of Britain it flew 49 sorties from Croydon and shot down five enemy aircraft.
After being battle damaged on 22 October 1940, the aircraft was rebuilt and taken on charge by 111 Squadron at Dyce on 18 January 1941. There it was flown on patrol over the North Sea and was again in combat. Over the following two years it was used primarily as a training aircraft with 59 and 56 OTU's, and was rebuilt a further three times following major accidents, including hitting a lorry on the runway and being stuffed into a snowbank!
In December 1943, R4118 was crated at Cardiff and shipped to India as a training aircraft. However it was never needed and remained in its packing case in Bombay until 1947 when it was struck off charge and donated to a university for engineering instruction. The fuselage had stood outside in a compound with the propeller, wings and tailplane laid on the ground. There it remained, exposed to the elements and ignored by the world, until 1996, when retired businessman and restoration enthusiast Peter Vacher began his remarkable quest to bring R4118 home.
Peter Vacher was travelling in India with a friend who was researching the fate of old Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars. Many years before, John recalled seeing two exceptional Rolls-Royce motorcars in the engineering department of Banaras Hindu University. After discovering the cars, Peter stepped outside and into an adjacent compound where he saw the remains of two aeroplanes, One was clearly a fighter - a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine was visible through the cowling - and they presumed it was a Spitfire. John took a photograph of Peter in the cockpit - and thought no more about it.
Years later, Peter showed the photograph to a friend, who immediately recognised the aircraft as not a Spitfire, but a much rarer Hurricane. Peter began to read up about the Hawker Hurricane and its place in the Battle of Britain, and so began his obsession to rebuild and restore the plane.
In June 2001, after six years of lengthy negotiations with the University and the Indian Air Force, the remains of R4118 were crated and shipped back to the UK for restoration.
Thanks to Peter's efforts to return R4118 to flying condition, the aircraft commands huge affection from the British public and I'm proud to be able to play a part in her future." Discovered in 1995 by retired businessman Peter Vacher during a trip to India, R4118 had stood out in the open for 54 years before it was returned to Britain for restoration. Despite its exposure to the elements, the airframe was still in surprisingly good condition and, after a three-year restoration, the aircraft returned to the skies in December 2004. Commenting on the sale, Peter Vacher said "R4118 has been a huge part of my life for many years, but I have other projects that I'm keen to focus on and it's time for a new owner to take on the mantle. I'm delighted that James's purchase means not only that R4118 will remain in the UK, but that it will be cherished by a true enthusiast". R4118 has been moved to its new home at Old Warden Aerodrome, Bedfordshire where it will be placed on public display within the hangars of the Shuttleworth Collection. Tim Routsis, Aviation Trustee for The Collection, said that "the aircraft's historical significance would make it of particular interest to visitors, and Old Warden felt very privileged to have been chosen as the place people can come to see it on display."
As well as continuing its participation in major airshows nationwide throughout 2016, it is a fact that the aircraft will also become a regular participant at Shuttleworth Collection events alongside its Old Warden stablemate, Sea Hurricane Mk IB Z7015.


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