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Shuttleworth. (Shuttleworth Collection of old planes, Old Warren airfield, Bedfordshire, England) (column)

Anybody who loves the sound of wind in the wires, the smell of burned castor oil, and the sight of gleaming veteran aviation machinery must go to the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warren airfield, Bedforshire, to the north of London, on a summer Sunday afternoon. One day each month, various venerable aircraft in the collection are wheeled out and coaxed into the air by some of the most experienced pilots on the British register, for Shuttleworth is a living repository of aviation memorabilia.

The collection was started by Richard Shuttleworth back in the later 1920s with motor cars, but by 1939 he had also acquired a range of historic aircraft. Shuttleworth joined the Royal Air Force for war service and was killed in a flying accident in 1940. …

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