The fuselage of the Shuttleworth Collection’s BlackburnMonoplane Type D, G-AANI, had its fuselage fabric stripped off in preparation for a re-cover on 16 November, and will be available for viewing in its denuded state at the collection’s annual engineering open weekend on 29-30 December. The wings from the 1912-built machine were re-covered five years ago, but the fuselage hasn’t been stripped since 1985.
The Type D — the world’s oldest airworthy British aeroplane—wasn’t able to get into the air at any of the Shuttleworth events during 2016 due to adverse weather conditions, but didmake one 10-minute test flight on 18 July in the hands of collection chief pilot ‘Dodge’ Bailey.
The re-covering is scheduled to be completed before the end of January. Entry to the engineering days costs £10 per adult and £8 for concessions. There will be access to areas not normally open to the public at Old Warden, and Shuttleworth engineers and volunteers will be on hand to talk to visitors about restoration andmaintenance work at the collection. The event runs from10.00- 16.00hrs on both days.