The Shuttleworth Collection – 27

First, an apology. I tried something different last week – a slideshow of images from my visit to Ickworth House.ICKWORTH HOUSE – 26 I think some people had trouble seeing the images – they weren’t always visible in email handlers, the blog needs to be opened in a browser window – click on Pixels and Pronouns in the header line and this should happen.I’ve edited it back into my usual look! Sorry about that.

This week, more in my old style and set-up!!

Yesterday, Sunday 7th July, I went to the Shuttleworth Collection near Biggleswade, for their Military Aircraft airshow .

Here are some shots of some of the aircraft on display – flying and/or on the ground.

The highlight of the day? Easily, seven Hawker Hurricanes flying together. Only eight of these beautiful aircraft flying in the UK, and Shuttleworth managed to get SEVEN of them together – the highest number to fly together since 1946!!.

Hawker Hurricanes

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Boeing B-17G ‘Sally B’

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Westland Lysander

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Bristol Boxkite, 1910 ( Replica )

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Avro Triplane, 1910 ( Replica )

Shuttleworth Air Display-7

Not been to Shuttleworth? Go! It’s a must visit ( IMHO )!!

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Steamed Up

A few weekends ago the Epping Ongar Railway held one of their steam weekends.
This image shows one of the locomotives noisily ‘exhaling’ steam at a ferocious rate – and sending debris and suchlike into the air.

Mostly steam and not so much of the locomotive, but I think it works!

Somerset Steam

Another image from our weekend visit to Taunton and Exmoor.

We were lucky enough to come across the West Somerset Railway ‘Spring Steam Gala’.
This image was taken from the beach just outside Blue Anchor station ( or Bailey Gate as it had been renamed for the Gala ) with the train heading west to Dunster and then on to Minehead.
I think the locomotive is fleet number 53808 ( an SDJR 7F 2-8-0, apparently ) – but only by matching the timestamp on my image and the Gala timetable ( which was running late! ) – so apologies if the info is wrong.

I’ve removed the many enthusiasts that were near the track – but I left in the dog – and gave the image a sepia treatment which seemed to fit the mood of the setting.

Hope you like it!

Getting Ready for Lift Off!

Last Friday we had a balloon trip from near to Colchester in Essex for 11 miles south-east towards Chelmsford.
We had a perfect afternoon – lovely skies, and a few fluffy clouds just to add photographic interest.

This shot was taken just before we lifted off – with the Virgin balloon having left several minutes previously.
Not surprisingly, we followed on along the same track and then landed minutes apart in neighbouring fields.

Comment of the afternoon, from one of our companion travellers – “Why don’t they just fly it around in a big circle and take us back to where we parked our cars?”
They clearly understood exactly what they were experiencing!