Eight Wickenby aircraft dared to cross the English channel again this August for a fly out to Albert and Abbeville, in the Somme.
It was an adaption of the annual Blois microlight trip, run by Malcolm Howland of the Fly365 school.
As the DH2 flew to the Somme last November, it was decided we would return there (in good flying weather!) to thank our hosts and Stewart Smith took the opportunity to distribute a few DH2 DVDs to those involved.
A few of the group also tried to make it further south to Alençon but bad weather forced a return to Abbeville.
John Edser has compiled a collage of photographs of the trip, which was enjoyed by all who went.
Wickenby's Wanderers in front of the Avro Triplane
A small group of Wickenby Aeroclub members flew out to Old Warden today, to visit the amazing aircraft collection that belongs to the Shuttleworth Trust.
Old Warden Park is owned by the Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth Remembrance Trust. Richard Shuttleworth inherited the Old Warden Estate on his 23rd birthday and took a keen interest in farming and estate management as well as in motor racing and aviation. Sadly he was killed flying in 1940 at the age of 31 and four years later his mother Dorothy Shuttleworth founded the Trust as a permanent memorial to him.
Today the collection is famous for its regular flying displays. During the season, all of the airworthy aircraft are flown in displays, alongside visiting aircraft from other operators and from other Services, re-creating flying during the Edwardian period, the First World War, the peacetime years of the twenties and thirties and the Second World War. Modern aircraft are also a regular feature and provide an intriguing contrast with the veteran and vintage types.
Jim leading the tour before the Sopwith Triplane
Our group had the pleasure of a guided tour around all the hangars, viewing all the aircraft from the Bleriot (the oldest flying aircraft in the world) to the massive Lysander and the sleek DH88 Comet. There’s more to Old Warden than just the aircraft though. Behind the hangars are the beautiful ‘Swiss Gardens’ which also house a Bird of Prey Centre and the Jubilee Play Centre. It’s a fantastic place to visit for everyone, and we all thoroughly enjoyed our flying visit!
Thanks to John and Jim who organised and provided the tour. Historical information taken from the Shuttleworth Old Warden website.
Calling all members! Do you like the hits of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis and Buble? All members and their guests are invited to the official Watch Office Opening Party on Friday 27th May 2011.
Admission is free and light complimentary food will also be available.
A licensed bar is provided and Sean Andrew will perform songs of the Rat Pack greats such as Ain’t That a Kick in The Head, Come Fly With Me, Sway, Mack The Knife, I left My Heart in San Francisco.
Why not come along and enjoy a relaxing evening with good friends, good music and good times . . .
Admission from 7pm.
Wickenby's WW2 hangar
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