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175. Shuttleworth

09/06/2015

At the Shuttleworth display on Sunday, we were blessed with great weather. We were lucky enough to see the Bristol Monoplane and Fighter in the air, and the Sopwith Pup with its 80hp le Rhone was in fine form. An easterly wind meant that the landings were away from the crowd, but there were no mishaps and everything performed according to plan.

And while my attention was particularly focussed on the WWI stuff, of course, there was masses of other wonderful stuff in the air.

Bristol M1C Monoplane. This was Frank Barnwell's next production aircraft after the Scout and showed that he wasn't afraid of being unconventional. According to Dodge Bailey, the Shuttleworth's Chief Pilot, it's the nicest of all the WWI aircraft to fly, due to its high wing loading, but the 110hp le Rhone engine is a permanent worry. I'd never seen it in the air before, so this was a great pleasure.

Bristol M1C Monoplane. This was Frank Barnwell’s next production aircraft after the Scout and showed that he wasn’t afraid of being unconventional. According to Dodge Bailey, the Shuttleworth’s Chief Pilot, it’s the nicest of all the WWI aircraft to fly, due to its high wing loading, but the 110hp le Rhone engine is a permanent worry. I’d never seen it in the air before, so this was a great pleasure.

The Bristol F2B Fighter was next off the production line after the Monoplane, and was also unconventional, because it was a two-seater that was intended to be flown like a single seat fighter, due to its power and manoeuvrability. It remained in RAF service right through to the end of the 1920s.

The Bristol F2B Fighter was next off the production line after the Monoplane, and was also unconventional, because it was a two-seater that was intended to be flown like a single seat fighter, due to its power and manoeuvrability. It remained in RAF service right through to the end of the 1920s.

The Sopwith Pup uses the 80hp le Rhone like the Scout, and will be the nearest thing to the Scout for handling and performance. It was the first machine fitted with a successful synchronising gear and largely superseded the Bristol Scout because of that.

The Sopwith Pup uses the 80hp le Rhone like the Scout, and will be the nearest thing to the Scout for handling and performance. It was the first machine fitted with a successful synchronising gear and largely superseded the Bristol Scout because of that.

The next generation of service aircraft from the 1930s - the Hawker Hind bomber and the Gloster Gladiator fighter.

The next generation of service aircraft from the 1930s – the Hawker Hind bomber and the Gloster Gladiator fighter.

And from the late 1930s, the iconic DH88 Comet. Built to rrace from London to Australia, it was a flying fuel tank, and was famously difficult to land. This example has been rebuilt a number of times, and I'd never seen it in the air before.  Magic!

And from the late 1930s, the iconic DH88 Comet. Built to rrace from London to Australia, it was a flying fuel tank, and was famously difficult to land. This example has been rebuilt a number of times, and I’d never seen it in the air before. Magic!

 

 

And finally, the Fauvel tailless glider doing a sequence of loops.

As for the Scout, the paperwork has been submitted to the LAA and their palms crossed with silver, we hope to obtain a Permit to Test in the not too distant future.

The trailer’s fixed, and the tow vehicle should be available tomorrow, and shortly after that I expect it will be back down to Bicester to await its baptisme de l’air.

Ooh-er!

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