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Members got the VIP treatment at the world-famous Shuttle- worth Collection of airworthy historic aircraft at Old Warden, near Biggleswade, with a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to keep unique aeroplanes in the air.
This was a thank-you for looking after D-day veteran Arthur Jones at Wicksteed (see report and pictures in the Wicksteed at War 2015 section). We fixed it for Arthur to ride in a Sherman tank and his friend, Steve Harper, the collection's honorary patron, invited us along to Old Warden Aerodrome.
Our road run on September 20, 2015, began near Olney and, after lunch at reserved tables in the Shuttleworth restaurant, Steve took us on on a guided tour of the hangers, workshops and Swiss Garden.
There is already talk of making this an annual event with perhaps participation at an airshow.
Also see http://www.shuttleworth.org/

Above: MVs in our reserved parking area on the aero- drome
Right: Our own motor- cycle escort

Steve Harper talks about the SE5a First World War fighter, one of the gems of the collection

Trying out an Edwardian quadi- cycle

Getting to touch the world's oldest airworthy aero- plane, a Bleriot XI

The Shuttle- worth Hawker Sea Hurricane gave a display and then landed at the timeless grass aero- drome


Flaps down and just about to kiss the grass

The Sea Hurricane back in the hanger with its engine still hot

Members pictured by Kevin Lamberth in front of the De Havilland DH88 Comet, designed, built and flown by de Havilland in just nine months in 1934 exclusively to participate in - and win - the Sir MacPherson Robertson England to Australia air race. Pictured with walking stick right of centre is D-Day veteran and Sherman tank driver Arthur Jones.

The bit the public don't get to see . . . engine workshop with a Rolls Royce Kestrel on the stand

Spitfire under -going deep main- tenance

Memen- toes of previous restora- tions adorn the wall of the work- shop... the uncovered fuselage is from the Collec- tion's 1923 English Electric Wren

A Shuttle- worth engineer explains the flap system which gives the Westland Lysander a stunning short take off and landing perfor- mance

A quick tour of the recently restored Swiss Garden, adjacent to the Collection