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Shuttleworth Collection

The Shuttleworth Collection's Bristol F.2B Fighter.
Established 1928
Location Old Warden, Bedfordshire
Type Aviation museum

The Shuttleworth Collection is an aeronautical and automotive museum located at the Old Warden airfield in Bedfordshire, England. It is one of the most prestigious in the world due to the variety of old and well-preserved aircraft.



The collection was founded in 1928 by aviator Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth. While flying a Fairey Battle at night on 2 August 1940, Shuttleworth fatally crashed. His mother, in 1944, formed the Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth Remembrance Trust "for the teaching of the science and practice of aviation and of afforestation and agriculture."[1]


Spitfire Vc, AR501, during extensive renovation by the SVAS in September 2008.

Restoration and maintenance work is carried out by a staff of eight full-time and many volunteer engineers. These volunteers are all members of the 3,000-strong Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society (SVAS).[2] These dedicated enthusiasts are crucial to the preservation and restoration of the collection.

In addition to the aircraft, the collection houses a number of vintage and veteran cars. Events include model-flying days, and once a year, there is a special flying day for schools in the area.

The Shuttleworth Collection puts an emphasis on restoring as many aircraft as possible to flying condition, inline with the founder's original intention.[3] There are typically about twelve air shows per year, including evening displays, which offer the opportunity to see aircraft which in many cases are the last of their type to survive, let alone existing in flyable condition.

The Edwardian Flying machines

Some of the most notable aircraft in the collection are the five Edwardian aeroplanes, of which one is the oldest British aeroplane still in flying condition. What makes these exceptional is that they still fly (weather permitting). The oldest, with British civil registration G-AANG, is the Bleriot XI (still with original engine), which dates back to 1909 - six years after the Wright brothers' aircraft and it is the world's oldest airworthy aeroplane, with the next oldest being, at only three weeks newer by date of manufacture, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome's own restored original Bleriot XI (Bleriot factory serial number 56, with civil registration N60094) in the United States.

Aircraft in the collection

List from: Ellis - Wrecks and Relics, 2004.[4]

Type Date Identity Notes
Avro 504K 1918 G-ADEV Painted as H5199
Roe IV Triplane 1964 G-ARSG Replica
Avro Tutor 1933 G-AHSA Painted as RAF K3241
Avro Nineteen (Anson) 1946 G-AHKX Owned by BAE Systems
Blackburn Type D 1912 G-AANI Oldest airworthy British aeroplane
Bleriot XI 1909 G-AANG Oldest airworthy aircraft
Bristol Boxkite 1964 G-ASPP Replica
Bristol F.2b Fighter 1918 G-AEPH Painted as RAF D8096
Bristol M.1C 1981 G-BWJM Replica painted as RFC C4918
CASA 1.131E Jungmann 1967 G-RETA Painted as Luftwaffe GD+EG
Comper Swift 1932 G-ACTF
de Havilland DH.51 1924 G-EBIR Miss Kenya
de Havilland DH.53 Humming Bird 1923 G-EBHX
de Havilland DH.60 Cirrus Moth 1925 G-EBLV Owned by BAE Systems
de Havilland DH.60X Hermes Moth 1928 G-EBWD
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth II 1942 G-ANKT Painted as RAF K2585
de Havilland DH.88 Comet 1934 G-ACSS Grosvenor House
De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22 1952 G-BNZC Painted as RCAF 671
Deperdussin Monoplane 1910 G-AANH
Desoutter I 1930 G-AAPZ
English Electric Wren 1923 G-EBNV
Gloster Gladiator 1937 G-AMRK Painted as RAF K7985
Granger Archaeopteryx 1932 G-ABXL Under restoration off site
Hawker Hind 1935 G-AENP Painted as RAF K5414
Hawker Sea Hurricane IB 1939 G-BKTH Painted as RN Z7015
Hawker Tomtit 1931 G-AFTA Painted as RAF K1786
Messerschmitt Me 163 191454 Fuselage mockup with original engine
Mignet HM.14 Flying Flea 1939 G-AEBB
Miles Magister 1939 G-AJRS Painted as RAF P6382
Parnall Elf 1932 G-AAIN
Percival Prentice T1 1949 G-AOKL
Percival Provost T1 1955 G-KAPW Painted as RAF XF603
Polikarpov Po-2 G-BSSY
RAF SE.5A 1918 G-EBIA Painted as RFC F904
Slingsby Grasshopper TX.1 XA241 Display only
Sopwith Camel 2001 G-BZSC Replica (under construction off site)
Sopwith Pup 1920 G-EBKY Painted as RFC 9917
Sopwith Triplane 1980 G-BOCK Replica painted as RNAS N6290
Southern Martlet 1930 G-AAYX
Supermarine Spitfire LF.VC 1942 G-AWII Painted as RAF AR501
Westland Lysander IIIA 1942 G-AZWT Painted as RAF V9367

Also resident but privately owned:

Vehicles in the collection

The Hucks starter of 1920.

There is also a collection of tractors.

See also

Other large collections of flying historic aircraft




  1. ^ Ogilvy 1989, Ch.1.
  2. ^ Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society (SVAS) Retrieved: 7 February 2009
  3. ^ Ogilvy 1989, Introduction.
  4. ^ Ellis 2004, pp.12-14.


  • Ellis, Ken. Wrecks and Relics - 19th Edition, Midland Publishing, Hinckley, Leicestershire. 2004. ISBN 1 85780 183 0
  • Guttery, T.E. The Shuttleworth Collection. London: Wm. Carling & Co, 1969. SBN 901319-01-5
  • Ogilvy, David. Shuttleworth - The Historic Aeroplanes. Shrewsbury, England: Airlife Publishing Ltd., 1989 ISBN 1-85310-106-0

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Coordinates: 52°05′08″N 0°19′32″W / 52.08556°N 0.32556°W / 52.08556; -0.32556


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