1912 Blackburn Monoplane Type ‘D’

The Collection’s exhibit

This exhibit is the original aeroplane built for Cyril Foggin in 1912, which by late 1913 had passed into the ownership of Francis Glew.

In 1914 it was put into storage and then not rediscovered until 1937 when it was found, by chance, at the back of a barn and largely concealed by a haystack.

Richard Shuttleworth acquired it and started a long term restoration programme which was only completed in 1949. Later, in 1988, the fabric covering was replaced following minor repairs to the airframe.

Weather permitting, this aircraft continues to fly at events here at The Collection, which usually run on weekends from May-October.

The Blackburn Monoplane is the oldest airworthy aircraft of British origin anywhere in the world.


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