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Shuttleworth Family Airshow

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by Softshoe, Aug 26, 2018.

  1. A change of emphasis this year, from the Edwardian theme to a Family theme, meant a slightly strange line up of participating aircraft with some surprising inclusions. For example how does a C45 Expiditor fit into a Family theme?

    The C45 Expiditor appeared in USAAF markings though it was actually a Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft before being sold onto the civilian market.
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    An aircraft from the Breitling Wing Walking Team performed an energetic solo display with Nikita, a primary school teacher during the week, doing the wingwalking on a Boeing Stearman PT-17 Kaydet.
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    A barnstorming display by Captain Neville's Flying Circus was unfortunately largely obscured for me by parked aircraft but included some interesting aircraft, among them a de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk T22A unusual in the current civil registrations for not being an ex-RAF aircraft, it has always been a civil aircraft.
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    Another aircraft from Captain Neville's Flying Circus was a de Havilland DH82A Thruxton Jackaroo. Originally built as a Tiger Moth it was converted to feature an enclosed cockpit allegedly seating four people, with 19 aircraft modified in this way.
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    Another variant of the DH82A Tiger Moth was the DH82B Queen Bee, a pilotless, radio-controlled drone but with a conventional set of controls in the front cockpit for use in ferry and test flights. Introduced in 1935, a total of 470 was constructed with it being used in training anti-aircraft gunners. Usage of the word drone, as a generic term for pilotless aircraft, apparently originated from the name and role of the Queen Bee as the word drone referred to a kind of worker bee.
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    Having mentioned the Tiger Moth, the Collection's own aircraft flies as K2585 in the colours of The Royal Air Force Central Flying School Aerobatic Team but was actually T6818 in RAF service and was built by Morris Motors at Cowley, Oxford in 1944.
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    One of the aircraft it was easier to see having a fun, family connection was the Rotorsport UK Calidus, an autogyro.
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    The final picture is of two de Havilland DH-89A Dragon Rapides, a short-haul biplane airliner introduced in 1934 and continuing in both military and civilian commercial use into the 1960s. Only 7 aircraft (out of 727 built) remain in airworthy condition so the opportunity to see two displaying together is fairly rare. There was actually supposed to have been a third there, offering pleasure flights, but technical troubles prevented its presence.
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  2. JusPlainCrayzee

    JusPlainCrayzee Administrator Administrator

    These are fabulous and I have never seen a Rotorsport UK Calidus - wow!
     
  3. A very nice set.
     
  4. Excellent set :D 

    FYI Drones are male bees, the only ones in the hive, notoriously doing no work at all... :D 
     
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  5. Color coded gloves for port and starboard.
     
  6. william hortis

    william hortis

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    A great set, the first one is a killer well done.
     
  7. These are great. You've really got that shutter speed dialed in perfectly with just the right amount of prop blur.
     
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  8. Very nice captures! Really glad you added a little brief on each plane!
     
  9. Great set, and I too enjoyed the mini-stories that were included with each image.
     
  10. Outstanding work, the aircraft alone would be an A+ but the wingwalker puts it over the top....thanks for sharing
     
  11. Great set with excellent accompanying narrative.
     
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  12. Thanks all for your kind comments, they're much appreciated. Thinking back nearly 50 years to biology lessons, I now remember about drone bees so wonder why the nickname was chosen. Perhaps it was just something snappier?
     
  13. Glideslope

    Glideslope

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    Really like the Tiger Moth in The Royal Air Force Central Flying School Aerobatic Team livery. A rare find indeed. ;) 
     
  14. McQ

    McQ Just your average, everyday moderator. Moderator

    This is a beautiful set of photos, Andy. Extraordinary planes captured very well. Quite a few I've never seen before. Nailed the colors and light on all of them.
     
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