The Shuttleworth Collection’s Sopwith Camel has been awarded the Desmond Penrose Silver Salver trophy for ‘Vintage Aeroplane of the Year’, by the The Vintage Aircraft Club. The VAC Committee presented the award at their annual dinner, held this year in The House on March 10, 2018.

The Sopwith Camel is a model reproduction, the result of a collaboration between the voluntary society, Northern Aeroplane Workshops, (NAW) and the Shuttleworth Trust. The aircraft is displayed as D 1851 named IKANOPIT, a 70 squadron RAF, the first front line RFC Squadron to receive Camels. Work commenced on the build in 1995, and it undertook its first flight successfully on Thursday 18 May 2017 in the hands of chief pilot Dodge Bailey.

The award was gratefully accepted on behalf of The Collection by Shuttleworth’s chief pilot, Dodge Bailey, and volunteer Robert Richardson who was one of Northern Aeroplane Workshops (NAW) group. The salver is on display in the Visitor Centre trophy cabinet for the next 12 months.

(L) Robert Richardson & Dodge Bailey (R)

(Image – copyright Michael-Miklos)