Saturday 3 March 2018

Shuttleworth’s chief pilot will give talk on piloting an aircraft that lands at a relatively high speed with a very poor field of view from the cockpit on a grass runway!

He will also explore the process Shuttleworth went through to mitigate the risks of operating this aircraft from Old Warden aerodrome for the first time, which has led to its success as an air display regular today. When the aircraft was in service, it was operated from large airfields with hard surface smooth runways at least 1800m in length. Old Warden’s grass aerodrome, with less than smooth runways and half the length previously used, combined with the aircraft’s poor handling qualities at low speed brought additional operating hazards which had to be addressed to protect the aircraft.

Perfect for the enthusiast and those who love this magnificent aircraft, suitable for 14+!

The talk will take place at The House and includes a light lunch. A tour of The House will preceed the talk, followed by tour of The Collection including Q&A.

Event Timings

  • 10.00 – The House open for arrivals
  • 10.30 – DH88 talk
  • 12.00-12.10 – Comfort break
  • 12.10-12.30 – YES talk (see below)
  • 12.30- 13:00 Tour of The House
  • 13.00-14.00 – Lunch
  • 14.00-14.15 – Go to The Collection
  • 14.30-15.30 – Tour of Collection with Q&A
  • 16.00 – Event ends

About YES

YES Ambassador Stuart Blakemore has been the lead teacher on a Schools ‘Build A Plane’ project at Wolverhampton for the past 5 years. The machine has just had a permit to fly issued and its first public flight so it should appear in a flying display at Old Warden this summer. Following the DH88 talk Stuart will briefly explain how an engineering project of this nature impacted the students, the school and many others. Of course everybody involved hopes this leads to involvement with aviation in some form in the future.

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