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The Shuttleworth Aircraft Collection

1910 - Deperdussin

1910 - Deperdussin

1910 - Deperdussin

The popular model of Deperdussin was produced in quantity and was a great improvement over the earlier Bleriot type machines. The Deperdussin had enough power and reliability to be able to make sustained cross-country flights and was also ideal for training. As such, Deperdussins equipped several flying schools. The Deperdussin had distinguished careers in the pre-war era as a training machine and also as a successful cross-country racer. One example came third in the 1911 Daily Mail Circuit of Britain contest. The Deperdussin type was available throughout the course of its life with several different engines, and seating arrangements. Versions of the Deperdussin were used by the military during 1912 and up to World War One. The Collections Deperdussin is believed to have been the 43rd example to have been built and was used at Hendon as a training machine until it was damaged. It was then put up for sale and was acquired by Mr. A.E. Grimmer who repaired the aircraft and flew it from the polo ground near Bedford. Richard Shuttleworth acquired the aircraft in 1935 and restored the aircraft to pristine condition at Old Warden. It flew again in 1937 and with only a period of storage during the Second World War has flown regularly since that time. The Deperdussin was featured in the film "Those Magnificent Men and their Flying Machines". As with most Edwardian aircraft the Deperdussin is very susceptible to weather conditions and so is only flown when conditions are just right. Today it is normally only hopped along the runway although it is capable of longer flights. Height: 7ft 6in Length: 24ft 10in Wingspan: 28ft 9in Engine: one 35hp Anzani 3 cylinder 'Y' type