The Shuttleworth Collection’s vintage aircraft display leaves crowds flying high

Engineer Ian Laraman with Richard Shuttleworth's Descoutter Mk 1.

Engineer Ian Laraman with Richard Shuttleworth's Descoutter Mk 1. - Credit: Archant

Aviation enthusiasts soared into Old Warden at the weekend for The Shuttleworth Collection’s first At Home show of the year.

Bob Watson, Vicki Watson, Steve Roberts and Lesley Roberts donned military uniforms at The Shuttlewo

Bob Watson, Vicki Watson, Steve Roberts and Lesley Roberts donned military uniforms at The Shuttleworth Collection's show near Biggleswade. - Credit: Archant

May’s At Home with Shuttleworth was an ‘uncovered’ event which allowed spectators get up close to a host of vintage air and land models including the Descoutter Mk 1, Slingsby Kite and Comper Swift, as well as seeing other models, including the Comet, take flight.

Shuttleworth’s Ciara Harper said: “The ‘At Homes’ are a chance for visitors to experience the relaxed side of Shuttleworth that is at the heart of enjoying Richard Shuttleworth’s passion for aviation and vintage cars through seeing these wonderful exhibits up close and flying or driving as intended.

“The event went well – the weather meant that some of the lighter WWI aircraft didn’t fly but were replaced by the Lysander and PO2, and happily the well-loved Comet got to fly,” Ciara added. There are three shows each year in May, June and July, with next month’s being a 1940s theme complete with military aircraft and a 1940s hangar dance.


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