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The Shuttleworth Collection
Autumn Night Shoot
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On October the 12th, the Shuttleworth Collection hosted the annual night shoot. Despite heavy rain, the event brought together about 100 participants from all parts of the United Kingdom. Three aircraft were set up on the field for photography: Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk1B, Avro 504K and the higlight of the evening — DeHavilland Comet DH-88.

The event began at 5 pm, which gave photographers the opportunity to capture images during the "blue hour", when the day turns into night. Three aircraft took turns taking their place in the middle of the lawn of an airfield, illuminated by a set of powerful spotlights.
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The first podium was taken by the Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk1B fighter under registration number Z7015. It was built by the Canadian company Car & Foundry and made its first flight on January 18, 1941. After being shipped to England, it was transferred to the General Aircraft factory for conversion to version 1B standard. The plant was located at the HMS Heron airbase (now RNAS Yeovilton). On July 29, 1941, the plane left the workshop and, as part of the 880th squadron, set off for the Orkney Islands. On October 7, the squadron was transferred to the HMS Indomitable aircraft carrier, but during the flight the fighter broke.

On April 5, 1942, the aircraft was delivered to the David Rosenfield Ltd factory for repair, but after a year spent in stocks, it was decommissioned and transferred to Loughborough College as a teaching aid. From 1943 to 1961, the aircraft was there until it was bought by a team of restorers of the Shuttleworth collection. In 1986, work began on bringing the aircraft to airworthiness. The first successful aircraft Hurricane made September 16, 1995. Since then, he is the only flying Sea Hurricane of this modification in the world!

80 years after construction, the aircraft still retains its difficult character: the fighter engine worked exactly one minute and 50 seconds after launch, after which it died out. According to the pilot, the pressure in the oil supply system has dropped. Vain attempts to bring the plane to life were unsuccessful; it was rolled into the hangar for repair.

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Then, according to the program, the launch of the Avro 504K engine could be carried out, but because of heavy rain and wind this idea had to be abandoned.

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The aircraft, built in 1918, was retired from service in 1940. In 2011, he underwent a major overhaul, the entire bearing surface, as well as the power elements were replaced. He performs independent flights.

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At the end of the evening, the Red Comet DeHavilland DH-88 was rolled out onto the field. Both engines started at the first attempt, and the plane worked out various engine modes for 10 minutes, giving photographers the opportunity to capture themselves from all angles!

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This is a unique racing aircraft, in the period 1932-1934, 5 such copies were released - this is the only one that has survived to this day. The G-ACSS-registered aircraft set a world record in the England-Australia race. In 1934, he covered this distance in 70 hours and 54 minutes.
In 1937, after a series of incidents, the British Air Force decided to send the plane for cutting, but it was bought and restored by a private owner. The aircraft finally stopped flying in 1951, and was donated to the museum in 1965. Thanks to the forces of restorers, the plane again flew up to the sky in 1987 and to this day pleases visitors with its performances!

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Статья: Иннокентий Григорьев
Фото: Иннокентий Григорьев
28 октября 2019


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