Memorial of Verdun
Text: Serge Van Heertum -  Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Luc Dujardin - ©SBAP 2012 

The Shuttleworth Collection is an aeronautical and automotive museum located at the Old Warden airfield in Bedfordshire, England. It is one of the most prestigious in the world due to the variety of old and well-preserved aircraft.
The collection was founded in 1928 by aviator Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth. While flying a Fairey Battle in the night of August 2nd, 1940, Richard Shuttleworth fatally crashed. His mother, Dorothy Shuttleworth, formed the Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth Remembrance Trust "for the teaching of the science and practice of aviation and of afforestation and agriculture” in 1944.
Restoration and maintenance work is carried out by a staff of nine full-time, and many volunteer engineers. These volunteers are all members of the Shuttleworth Veteran Airplane Society. These dedicated enthusiasts are crucial to the preservation and restoration of the collection.
In addition to the aircraft, the collection houses a number of vintage classic cars. The Shuttleworth Collection puts an emphasis on restoring as many as possible aircraft in flying condition, in line with the founder's original goal. There are typically about twelve air shows per year, including evening displays, which offer the opportunity to see aircraft which in many cases are the last of their type to survive.
Some of the most notable aircraft in the collection are the five Edwardian airplanes, of which one is the oldest British airplane still in flying condition, a Blackburn Type D. What makes these exceptional is that they still fly. The oldest, with British civil registration (G-AANG), is the Bleriot XI 1909 (still with original engine), only six years after the Wright brothers' flight.
More information about the Shuttleworth family and the local society can be retrieved via their web site (see banner at the bottom of the page). Time now to take a walk through the past and maybe this will give you an intense desire to pay a visit at the Old Warden home base of this amazing collection.

 

The museum...
   
Hall N°1
The restauration shop

Sopwith Triplane and Grumman FM-2 Wildcat in background (Serge Van Heertum)

 
   

Miles M-14A Magister (Serge Van Heertum)

Miles M-14A Magister (Luc Dujardin)

   
De Havilland DH.88 “Comet” (Serge Van Heertum) Close up on the engine (Serge Van Heertum)
   

Spitfire Mk Vc in restauration (Serge Van Heertum)

The beauty of the Spit metal… (Serge Van Heertum)

   
Fresh painted parts of the "Spit" (Luc Dujardin) Like a new one! (Luc Dujardin)
   

Fokker DR1 big didactic model (Serge Van Heertum)

Mini engine models (Serge Van Heertum)

   
Armaments
(Luc Dujardin)
The halls are decorated with large pitures. Here the Hawker Henly MkI chain
(Serge Van Heertum)
   
Hall N°2
 

Hall 2: The first world war (Luc Dujardin)

 
   
Royal Aircraft Factory RE-8 (Serge Van Heertum)

Albatros D-Va (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Engine starter vehicle (Serge Van Heertum)

Bristol F-2B fighter (Serge Van Heertum)

   

RE-8 observer post (Serge Van Heertum)

Sopwith Pup (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Avro 504 K (Serge Van Heertum)

Royal Aircraft Factory SE-5A (Serge Van Heertum)

   
Great war light effects (Luc Dujardin)
   
(Luc Dujardin) Vickers machine gum (Luc Dujardin)
   
Models to show "how it was..." (Luc Dujardin) German dozzle camouflage (Luc Dujardin)
   
Hall N°3
 

Hall 3: After the great war (Luc Dujardin)

 
   

Gloster Gladiator Mk I (Serge Van Heertum)

Gun system close up (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Avro 621 Tutor (Serge Van Heertum)

De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth II (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Hawker Demon 1 (Serge Van Heertum)

Gunner post on Demon aircraft (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Hawker Demon 1 (Serge Van Heertum)

Hawker Hind (Luc Dujardin)

   
Hawker Hind offensive armament (Luc Dujardin) Large wall pictures: Westland Wapiti in action (Luc Dujardin)
   
Bristol Bulldog formation (Luc Dujardin) Hawker Hurricane pilot jump (Luc Dujardin)
   

Bristol M-1C (Serge Van Heertum)

Sopwith Snipe (Serge Van Heertum)

   

310 Squadron mission balckboard (Serge Van Heertum)

Parachute trailer…was daring… (Serge Van Heertum)

   
Hall N°4
 

Hall 4: Shuttelworth origins (Serge Van Heertum)

 
   

Clayton & Shuttelworth vapor machine (Serge Van Heertum)

Comper Swift (Luc Dujardin)

   
(Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
   

De Havilland DH-60X Moth (Serge Van Heertum)

The same in action in the early 1930’s (Serge Van Heertum)

   
(Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
   
   
Hall N°5
 

Hall 5 : WW II and post war (Luc Dujardin)

 
   

Westland Lysander IIIA (Luc Dujardin)

Westland Lysander IIIA front view (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Polikarpov Po-2 (Serge Van Heertum)

Polikarpov Po-2 (Serge Van Heertum)

   

De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22 (Serge Van Heertum)

Miles M-14A Magister  (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Abbott-Baynes Scud II Glider (Luc Dujardin)

SG.38 glider (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Percival P-56 Provost T1 (Serge Van Heertum)

Bristol Centaurus engine (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Bristol Scout D (Serge Van Heertum)

Parnall Elf II (Serge Van Heertum)

   

De Havilland DH-51A Moth (Serge Van Heertum)

Desoutter Aircraft Company Mk I (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk Ib (Serge Van Heertum)

Heavy maintenance during the winter (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Kite 1 glider (Luc Dujardin)

Hawker Tomtit Mk I (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Southern Martlet (Serge Van Heertum)

Henri Mignet 14 Flying Flea (Serge Van Heertum)

   
Hall N°6
 

Hall 6 : early years and after the great war (Serge Van Heertum)

 
   

Hawker Cygnet (Serge Van Heertum)

Hawker Cygnet (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Blackburn monoplane type D (Serge Van Heertum)

Deperdussin monoplane (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Bleriot XI (Serge Van Heertum)

Bleriot XI Anzani engine (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Bristol Boxkite (Serge Van Heertum)

Bristol Boxkite pilot office (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Avro triplane IV (Serge Van Heertum)

Avro triplane IV (Serge Van Heertum)

   
Also a place for old classic cars (Serge Van Heertum)
   
(Luc Dujardin) (Luc Dujardin)
   

Air Navigation And Engineering Company Ltd ANEC II (Serge Van Heertum)

Blackburn B2 (Serge Van Heertum)

   

English Electric Wren (Serge Van Heertum)

Anzani 6 cylinder engine (Luc Dujardin)

   
Early years glider... (Luc Dujardin) ...Otto Lilienthal model (Luc Dujardin)
   
Hall N°7
 

Hall 7 : transport and sportive aviation (Serge Van Heertum)

 
   

De Havilland DH-89A Dominie (Serge Van Heertum)

De Havilland DH-60 Moth (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Miles M3A Falcon (Serge Van Heertum)

Ryan PT-22 Recruit (Luc Dujardin)

   

Handley Page HP.42 wall picture (Serge Van Heertum)

Fieseler Fi156 Storch (Serge Van Heertum)

   

Avro 652a Anson 19 (Serge Van Heertum)

End of visit with a last view on this beautiful Anson (Serge Van Heertum)

   


(Luc Dujardin)

 


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