Blackburn Beauty


Dave Unwin gets his hands on the controls of the world’s sole remaining Blackburn B2

It was a beautiful day to fly such a stunning aircraft, although in all honesty I’ve never seen 130 horses work so hard and achieve so little. ALL DARREN HARBAR

As I walk out across Old Warden’s historic turf to the shining silver biplane awaiting me on the greensward, it suddenly occurs to me that even the most casual observer might think the B2 looks a little different – even if they don’t quite know why. Although an open cockpit biplane of 1930s vintage is not an unusual sight at this airfield – home to the famous Shuttleworth Collection – two anomalies are immediately apparent: the metal fuselage and side-by-side seats.

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