1918 Sopwith Camel

The Collection’s exhibit

This exhibit is the third and final aircraft built by Northern Aeroplane Workshops (NAW) in Batley, West Yorkshire for the Shuttleworth Collection, in an arrangement that’s lasted 40 years. The close association between NAW and Old Warden has resulted in earlier completion of the Sopwith Triplane and Bristol M.IC monoplane, also based here at Old Warden.

Building of the Camel started in 1995. Throughout the build suitable materials were sourced via Old Warden and the project was overseen by the Light Aircraft Association.

Work continued until the summer of 2013 and then, as the lease on the Batley workshop was due to expire, the aircraft was collected on 28th August that year and delivered to Old Warden for completion by the full-time engineers.

Final ground run tests on the engine were carried out on 24 August 2016, and the aircraft now requires a detailed inspection and the appropriate paperwork before test flights can be carried out.

Sopwith Camel engine run video clip.


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