Sopwith Snipe reproduction ‘F2367’/ZK-SNI left its home at Stow Maries, Essex at the end of August for transportation back to The Vintage Aviator Ltd at Wellington, New Zealand, who constructed it. The Bentley BR2-powered fighter had been operated by the World War One Aviation Heritage Trust for the past couple of years, and made its last show appearance at the Shuttleworth Edwardian Pageant at Old Warden on 6 August (see page 124).
Meanwhile, at Old Warden on 31 August, the team from the Batley, Yorkshire-based Northern Aeroplane Workshops that built Sopwith Camel ‘D1851’/G-BZSC for Shuttleworth visited Old Warden for a private display of the aeroplane by the collection’s chief pilot ‘Dodge’ Bailey. The hoped-for debut public appearance of the exquisite 140hp Clerget-powered machine fell foul of the blustery winds at the Shuttleworth Heritage Day display on 3 September. Another recent Old Warden Sopwith resident, Andrew Wood’s Dove reproduction G-EAGA, was due to be auctioned by Bonhams during the Goodwood Revival on 9 September.