Mastering the Type D

INSIGHTS BLACKBURN MONOPLANES

‘Dodge’ Bailey handling Shuttleworth’s Type D during an Old Warden summer flying evening. DARREN HARBAR

Today, Robert Blackburn’s Type D monoplane still resides at Old Warden in the safe hands of the Shuttleworth Collection. With the registration G-AANI, it’s the oldest airworthy British aircraft in the world, but what is it like to fly this unique machine? Shuttleworth chief pilot Roger ‘Dodge’ Bailey provides valuable insights.

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