No trip to the Collection is complete without a visit to the Engineering Workshop. Here you’ll find our engineers and volunteers working to restore the Collection’s aircraft and to keep them in an airworthy condition. The main part of the building was built for Richard to repair and restore his collection. Today our skilled engineers and volunteers use a range of traditional skills and innovative solutions to keep these aircraft capable of flying, some of which were built over 100 years ago!
Not simply a repair and maintenance shop, engineering is the heart of The Collection where the aircraft come to be lovingly maintained, restored or repaired in airworthy condition by our engineering team. Changes in materials and legislation over the years are just some of the challenges that have to be overcome so that these aircraft don’t become simply static exhibits but can continue to be seen flying.
Find Second-hand books and fabric from aircraft repairs on sale here by donation. All money raised goes towards supporting The Collection.
Training for the Future
Shuttleworth’s commitment to its role as an educational trust means that senior engineers pass on well-honed skills to the next generation of young engineers, with apprentices taken on through an organised scheme to secure the future of this type of specialist work.
Every year we open up acess #behindthescenes at our Open Workshop event – perfect for budding engineers of all ages!
The Engineering Team
The eight-strong team is headed up by Chief Engineer, Jean Michel Munn and supported by more than 30 volunteers. Jean started at Shuttleworth as a volunteer. Today he is a licensed engineer and holds a private pilot’s licence. He explains: ‘Every day in the Engineering Workshop is different, and brings fresh challenges and opportunities to expand our skills, knowledge and experience’.
We have a valued team of volunteers supporting The Collection throughout the week and at airshows, where without this support we couldn’t fly so many of our aircraft each year. Interested in taking part? Find out more about volunteering roles at Shuttleworth, and how the The Shuttleworth Veteran Aeroplane Society (SVAS) and Airfield Volunteer Fire Service (AVFS) support us too.