Oldest flying British aeroplane and 1934 England-to-Australia champion among craft on show at Shuttleworth Collection near Biggleswade

A Second World War-era Westland Lysander aircraft flying during the airshow at Shuttleworth on Satur

A Second World War-era Westland Lysander aircraft flying during the airshow at Shuttleworth on Saturday. Picture: Nick Blacow - Credit: Archant

Vintage aircraft including the oldest flying British aeroplane in the world went on display near Biggleswade at the weekend.

The airshow at Shuttleworth on Saturday evening. Picture: @roadpolicingBCH via Twitter

The airshow at Shuttleworth on Saturday evening. Picture: @roadpolicingBCH via Twitter - Credit: Archant

The Blackburn Monoplane, built in 1912, was among the machines on show at the Shuttleworth Collection in Old Warden on Saturday evening during the First World War-themed evening airshow.

There were also vintage automobiles and motorbikes, while visitors enjoyed stunning flying displays from aircraft including the de Havilland DH.88 Comet that won the 1934 MacRobertson air race from England to Australia.

The Shuttleworth Collection’s Ciara Harper told the Comet: “Our First World War evening airshow was well-attended despite a dull start, and later evening sunlight showed off the Collection’s First World War aircraft in the best light.

“Among those that flew were the Sopwith Triplane, Bristol M1C, Bristol F2.b, and the only genuine SE5a with a combat kill still flying anywhere in the world.

The airshow at Shuttleworth on Saturday evening. Picture: @roadpolicingBCH via Twitter

The airshow at Shuttleworth on Saturday evening. Picture: @roadpolicingBCH via Twitter - Credit: Archant


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“The show closed with the 1938 Lysander display, which visitors particularly enjoyed.

“This was our last Saturday evening airshow of the 2017 season. Next up are the Red Arrows and Breitling Wingwalkers at our Edwardian Pageant on Sunday, August 6.”

To find out more about events at the Shuttleworth Collection, see shuttleworth.org.

The airshow at Shuttleworth on Saturday evening. Picture: @roadpolicingBCH via Twitter

The airshow at Shuttleworth on Saturday evening. Picture: @roadpolicingBCH via Twitter - Credit: Archant

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