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Going Back to the Roots of Aeronautics

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06 Sep 2021 21:39 #25092 by Peter Willis
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I have had on my bucket list for very many years a trip to one of the Shuttleworth Trust Vintage weekends at Old Warden. At the beginning of August Jo & I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and Jo presented me with tickets for the Vintage flying display at Old Warden, which took place yesterday (Sunday 5th September). We stayed overnight Sat & Sun (in Bedford) to allow an early arrival and later departure from the airfield which, in hindsight, was exactly the right thing to do. All I can say is Wow, why have I not found the time to go before? We were blessed with almost perfect weather (despite what Carol Kirkwood had been threatening at the beginning of the week) with, most importantly, winds light enough for them to fly some of the Edwardian era aircraft at the end of the day. I am sure many of you have visited them already but if you have not and have the merest hint of aviation in your blood then I highly recommend it. I was pleasantly reminded of the hook that drew me deep into aeromodelling and later a career in aviation when they flew the Avro Triplane replica, which I had witnessed (and had been fascinated by) being test flown around Eastleigh when I was a youngish child, it having been built by the Hampshire Aero Club (at Eastleigh Airport) under the guidance of Viv Bellamy for the film Magnificent Men…….

I’ll just post up a few of the fantastic photo opportunities that abounded during the day, for you to enjoy also.
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06 Sep 2021 21:53 #25093 by Peter Willis
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The little English Electric Wren put putted around at tree top height doing rudder only turns, as banking would have put a wingtip into the tree tops!! The Bleriot managed to get a couple of short hops of about 3 - 4 ft height down the entire length of the runway into what little wind there was but the pilot clearly thought he could do better so he turned around and and tried to gain enough speed back along the runway to get properly airbourne teetering on the edge of flight until one rather large yank on up elevator resulted in the nose rising alarmingly and then stalling back down with a suspicious ping from the undercarraige. Just like those early days of my model flying!
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06 Sep 2021 21:58 #25094 by Peter Willis
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Avro 504 and the Bristol Fighter
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06 Sep 2021 22:00 #25095 by Peter Willis
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Stampe Team walking the display before the flight
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06 Sep 2021 22:13 #25096 by Peter Willis
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Comet 'Govesnor House' the actual aircraft that won the race, Miles Hawk Speed Six, Percival Mew Gull. The only light aircraft Hawker ever built the diminutive Hawker Cygnet. The Miles Gemini being thrown around in spirited fashion and used by one of my former bosses (Nay Somers) to compete in the KIngs Cup Air Races in the 1950s.
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07 Sep 2021 06:47 #25098 by John Ireland
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An amazing collection of aircraft and excellent photographs Peter.

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07 Sep 2021 17:46 #25112 by Kevin Ross
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Some of may know I lived approx 12miles away from from Old warden and was a regular visitor. I also had membership of the model club. Its probably the only thing i miss after relocating down here 12 yrs ago.

It should be on everybody's bucket list.
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09 Sep 2021 16:28 #25120 by Jon Tappin
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Great pics Peter, I remember going there to one of the flying days when I was quite young, no doubt my Dad would remember when it was!

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10 Sep 2021 07:09 #25121 by David Tappin
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Yes, great set of images, thanks Peter.
Jon suggested I do a memory check for him. He’s been twice with me, once to see one of our founder members (Ian Matterface) take his flight in Shuttleworth’s G-ABAG DH.60G Gipsy Moth which Ian won in a raffle (the flight not the aircraft!) which I ran for the club, and again on a model flying day when I flew my Hiper Bipe. Both occasions were when we were living three houses ago. We moved into that house in 1976 (Jon was 12) and left it in 1988. That’s the best I can do.
Happy days!
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