Text: Serge Van Heertum - Translation: Marc Arys
Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Pierre Taquet
© sbap 2018
 

By all odds, the team of the Shuttleworth Collection knows how to please the public, once again in great numbers, for the second opus of the season dedicated to naval aviation.
Under a summery sun (once again, perhaps shareholders with the Weather Services, which could not be better!) we had the chance to admire numerous aircraft, which throughout their careers were connected with the Royal Navy or foreign Naval Air Forces.
"Fly Navy" 2018 allowed us to see the Swordfish (aka String Bag) and Sea Fury, but also the strange Westland Wasp and the elegant Aerospatiale Gazelles in the colours of the sea pilots. Other aircraft, such as the Lancaster honoured, throughout their rich histories, the colours of Her Majesty's Navy, represented, of course, by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF).
Many other collection or invited jewels were presented during the show and although their paint schemes were not always those of a naval force or the Royal Navy, most of them were part of the British or European Naval aeronautical history.
That's why we could see the Wildcat and Corsair from the Duxford's Fighter Collection, together with the Bristol Scout and Morane Saulnier MS 317 in the colours of the French Aéronavale. For the record, this Morane Saulnier MS 317 was formerly owned by Jack Krine, so renowned for his good French mindset and typical British moustache.

 Finally, the perfect weather conditions allowed the famous "Edwardians" to be taken out of their hangar. No modern and barnstorming metallic birds, but what a beauties and fabulous sight!
Time has now come to offer you the pictorial tour of the "Fly Navy" at Shuttleworth... It is now our readers turn to appreciate these superb machines, which perpetuate history thanks to the willingness and passion of the whole Shuttleworth team. May they be rewarded for what they provide us, through these few lines.
We also like to thank in particular Mrs Ciara Harper, head of the media team, for the granted facilities and her always smiling welcome.Thank you, Ciara!

 
 
 Gazelle team arrival  (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Preparing the Bristol Scout for the flying demo
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The Wallis WA-116 Agile is a British autogyro developed in the early 1960s by former Royal Air Force Wing Commander Ken Wallis. The aircraft was produced in a number of variants, one of which, nicknamed Little Nellie, was flown in the 1967 James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice". (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Navy Wing Fairey Swordfish Mk I have spend a week in Shuttleworth hangar
(Serge Van Heertum©)
W5856 is the oldest surviving Swordfish in the world
(Serge Van Heertum©)
The paint scheme which depicts Swordfish of 820 Naval Air Squadron during the attack of the Bismarck in 1941.
 No less than 3 Avro 504K at Old Warden the same day: E2977 (Private)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Shuttleworth Collection E3273
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 G-EROE the 504 replica of the "Great War Display Team"
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Stinson V77 Reliant in Royal Navy uniform
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Agusta westland EH-101-HM.2 (ZH862)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Flitzer Z-1RA Stummelflitzer G-ZIRA
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Staaken Z-21A Flitzer G-ERDA
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 Staaken Z-21A Flitzer G-ERIW
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Piper PA-16 Clipper
(Serge Van Heertum©)

 Pleasure flight with DH.89A Dragon Rapide "Scillonia Airways"
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 Shuttlewort...a world apart
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Rob Millinship and Stu Goldspink...
What are they talking about do you think?
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 Thanks for support Ciara!
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Jim Schofield, the Spit Mk V driver
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Shuttleworth is also a family sphere...
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Former RAF Land Rover, useful in the collection
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Afternoon sun is there!
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Refueling
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 Airfield under high surveillance
(Serge Van Heertum©)
Great Britain... Aircraft Paradise!
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 
 

Short History : Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth, 1909-1940
Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth was born on July 16th,1909, at Old Warden.
In 1872, Joseph Shuttleworth purchased the Old Warden Estate from Lord Ongley, who was the creator of the late Regency style Swiss Garden that is still part of Shuttleworth today.
In 1875 the original red brick manor house on the estate was replaced with the present mansion. It was designed by the prominent Victorian architect Henry Clutton and features a steel frame that is reputed to have been made by Clayton & Shuttleworth.
Upon Joseph's death in 1883, his younger son Frank inherited the Old Warden Estate. An army man, who attained the rank of Colonel, Frank was a keen traveller and horse breeder. Frank was 57 when he married Dorothy Clotilda, the 23-year-old daughter of the Vicar of Old Warden.
The family wealth came from the long-established firm of Clayton & Shuttleworth, agricultural engineers and steam-wagon makers.
Richard Shuttleworth was the only son of Colonel Frank Shuttleworth (1845-1913) and Dorothy Clotilda (born Lang, 1879-1968), the youngest daughter of the Rev. Robert Lang, the Vicar of Old Warden; they had married in 1902. Richard Shuttleworth was the grandson of Joseph Shuttleworth (1819-1883), co-founder of Clayton & Shuttleworth Company. After her husband's death Dorothy Clotilda Shuttleworth remarried in 1914, her second husband being Brigadier-General William McLaren Campbell (1864-1924).
His father Frank Shuttleworth died when he was just 4 years old, and his mother Dorothy Shuttleworth brought him up to be ready to take over his inheritance, which he did in 1932 when he was 23.

He was educated at Eton College, where he was "just" accepted in 1922. He did not excel academically, except in Eton's School of Mechanics, and on leaving the college he attained the necessary qualifications through a "crammer" to join the Army. After passing out at Sandhurst he joined the 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers. A keen and accomplished horseman, between 1927 and 1932 he rode in the Oakley Club's Hunt, various point-to-points, hurdles, steeple chases and in 1931 won the Subalterns Cup. On attaining his inheritance in 1932 he left the Army hoping to join the Royal Air Force, but was considered to be too old.
He was also fascinated from an early age with any mechanical object, and this interest lead to the nucleus of the present Shuttleworth Collection, housed on his former estate. His interest in the family estate lead to him being elected President of the Bedfordshire Agricultural Society in 1935. At this time Richard Shuttleworth inherited enough money to enjoy his passion for racing and aviation.

 


The House was built in 1875 (DR)
  Richard's mother Dorothy Shuttleworth (DR)
  

Richard purchased his first vintage car, the 1898 Panhard Levassor, which he ran in the Brighton Run. The car had previously taken part in the Paris-Amsterdam race. Around the same time he also bought his first aircraft the DH60X Moth (G-EBWD), both of which are still part of the Collection today.
Richard was a keen horseman, and owned or drove a large number of cars including Bugattis, Alfa Romeos, Railton, a 2.3-litre sleeve valve Arrol-Aster, Rolls-Royce, and a vintage Jowett. He also enjoyed motorcycles and once owned a sleeve-valve Sparkbrook. He also enjoyed steam powered vehicles such as his 1901 Locomobile.
By this time he had already begun to collect and restore vintage cars. Richard Shuttleworth first took part in a London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in 1928. He often entered more than one car for this event. He participated from 1928 to 1938 (except for 1935) Richard Shuttleworth failed to send in his entry before the closing date, but joined up with the others at Westminster Bridge with a Benz. His companion at the wheel was Charles Martin, and their hairy goat-skin coats, which dated from the same period as the car, were much admired.
He won the Brighton Speed Trials on a Bugatti Type 51 in 1934,and again in 1935 on an Alfa-Romeo P3 Tipo B, breaking Sir Malcolm Campbell's course record. He also won a one-off hill climb at Joel Park, Northwood Hill, Middlesex, on June 22nd , 1935, on a Bugatti, in a time of 30.16 seconds. His greatest victory came in the Donington Grand Prix in 1935. He won the Mountain Championship at Brooklands later that year. In 1936 he had a bad crash in his Alfa Romeo at the South African Grand Prix. The injuries suffered caused him to retire from motor racing. He was chairman of Railton Cars, Ltd and a member of the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC).
Enjoying racing immensely Richard went to South Africa for the East London GP in January 1936. He was driving an Alfa Romeo, fitted with de Ram shock absorbers. Dissatisfied with the handling Richard's concerns were realised when the Alfa left the road and he was seriously injured. Dorothy Shuttleworth was unable to fly out for health reasons so travelled via ship, but Richard remained unconscious for 19 days. He didn't return to England until April, and the accident ended his racing career. After recuperating, Richard turned his interest to aeronautics.

 
The race period in front of the Alfa Romeo 25, the one he crashed with (DR) Richard Shuttleworth during a race at Brooklands in 1933 (DR)
 Winner of the Donington Park Challenge 1935 (DR) Richard's Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B is still preserved today (DR)
 

Richard Shuttleworth earned his pilot's licence and started collecting old aircraft, repaired them for flight in the workshops at Old Warden, Bedfordshire and flew them at air displays. He acquired a wrecked Blériot XI and a Deperdussin 1910 monoplane from a local businessman and restored them; the Blériot is now the world's oldest flying powered aircraft.

 
 Richard's first airplane, the De Havilland DH.60X Moth built in 1928 The G-EBWD is still preserved today in the collection (Serge Van Heertum©)
Richard on board the Deperdussin Monoplane 1910 landing at Heatrow (DR) The same aircraft is still in the collection today (Coll Denis Eusicom)
 The early year of the collection preservation with:
Deperdusin Monoplane 1910, Blackburn Monoplane Type D 1912, Avro 504K 1918, Sopwith Pup 1916, a Spitfire and the Bleriot XI 1909
  

When the Second World War broke out in 1939, Richard Shuttleworth joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). He reached the rank of pilot officer and was selected to join the Aircraft Crash Investigation Branch once he had completed his RAF flying training, and to achieve this in August 1940 he was training with No. 12 Operational Training Unit RAF at RAF Mount Farm, Oxfordshire. In the early hours of August 2nd,1940 he took off in a Fairey Battle Mk I (L4971) light bomber aircraft for a cross-country training exercise, but it crashed into a hill at nearby Ewelme and he was killed.
In 1944, Dorothy decided to place the estate in a Charitable Trust in memory of her son. She wanted to ensure it would continue to be used for the purpose of agricultural and aviation education, two of Richard's interests.
Shuttleworth College first opened its doors to agriculture students in 1946, at the Old Warden Park Mansion House. Today The House is part of Shuttleworth and regularly hosts weddings and conferences. Dorothy, kept the Collection alive in his memory. And, despite his early and untimely death, the legacy of his passion and enthusiasm for restoring marvelous old vehicles and aircraft to their former glory to be enjoyed lives on today at Shuttleworth.
Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth is buried in the Shuttleworth family plot at the St Leonard Church in Old Warden.

 
 Fairey Battle Mk I from RAF N°12 OTU The Shuttleworth family plot at the St Leonard Church in Old Warden
  
  
 
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk Vc (1942) & Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk Ib (1941)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Pierre Taquet©)
Hawker Fury FB.11 (1953)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Canadian Vickers PBY-5A Canso (Catalina) (1943)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Westland Wasp HAS1 (1973)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Avro Anson C19 (1946) & De Havilland DH.89A Dominie (1941)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
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(Pierre Taquet©) Oups...an intruder!
(Serge Van Heertum©)
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 Hawker Demon Mk I (1937) & Hawker Nimrod Mk I (1932)
(Pierre Taquet©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Pierre Taquet©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Miles M.14A Magister (1941) & De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk (1949)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
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 (Serge Van Heertum©)
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 Avro 621 Tutor (1931) & De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (1931)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Fairey Swordfish Mk I (1941) & North American AT-6D Harvard III (1942)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Pierre Taquet©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
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(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
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 Avro Lancaster Mk B1 (1945)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Pierre Taquet©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Schneider SF.38 Eon Primary (1938)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Slingsby T31 Motor Cadet III (1970)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Morane Saulnier MS.317 (1952) & De Havilland DH.60 Cirrus Moth (1925)
(Serge Van Heertum©)

 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Pierre Taquet©)
 Weltland Lysander Mk III (1938)
(Pierre Taquet©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Pierre Taquet©)
 Hawker Sea Fury T.20 (1950)
(Serge Van Heertum©)

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 (Serge Van Heertum©) #1 (Serge Van Heertum©) - #2 (Pierre Taquet©)
 Aerospatiale Westland SA.341C Gazelle HT.2 (1976)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Aerospatiale Westland SA.341D Gazelle HT.3 (1978)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Aerospatiale Westland SA.341D Gazelle HT.3 (1978)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 Bristol Scout (1916)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Pierre Taquet©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Avro 504K (1918)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Pierre Taquet©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Bristol F.2b Fighter (1917)
(Pierre Taquet©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Sopwith F.1 Camel (1918)
(Pierre Taquet©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Sopwith Triplane (1916)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Pierre Taquet©)
 
The Great Final
 
Goodyear FG-1D Corsair (1945) & Grumman FM-2 Wildcat (1944)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk Vc (1942) & Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk Ib (1941)
 
 (Serge Van Heertum©)
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 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Pierre Taquet©)
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(Pierre Taquet©) (Pierre Taquet©)
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(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
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 Jewel Box opening...the "Edwardian"
(Serge Van Heertum©)

 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Bristol Boxkite (1910)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
(Pierre Taquet©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©)
 Avro Triplane IV (1910)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©) (Serge Van Heertum©)
 (Serge Van Heertum©)
  Blackburn Monoplane Type D (1912)
(Serge Van Heertum©)
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 (Serge Van Heertum©)
 

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