The Shuttleworth Collection’s significant range of vintage airworthy aircraft, from 1909 to the 1950s, tellingthe story of manned flight from its earliest days through to the early post Second World War period, make it a fitting place for the BAE Systems Heritage Flight Aircraft. These comprise the oldest surviving De Havilland DH-60 Cirrus Moth (G-EBLV), the sole surviving Blackburn B2 (G-AEBJ) and the UK’s only airworthy Avro XIX Anson (G-AHKX). These aircraft can be seen flying both at The Collection and other events across the UK during the airshow season.

The two organisations have worked together for a number of years, with a highlight being the very successful Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in 2016, when The Collection’s Hawker Sea Hurricane was visited at the BAE Systems display line up, by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George. To support this ongoing work a partnering agreement has been created to outline future work between The Shuttleworth Collection and BAE systems across a number of activities and the benefits this will bring to both organisations.

This agreement was recently signed at Shuttleworth, with the Cirrus Moth providing a fitting background, by Tim Roustsis, Aviation Trustee, on behalf of The Collection and Chris Allam, Engineering Director, on behalf of BAE Systems. Tim commented, “We look forward to working even more closely with BAE systems in offering as many opportunities as possible for the next generation to continue to enjoy these historic aircraft, both in the air and on the ground.”