It was 9.30 in the morning on December 17th 2003, the 100th Anniversary of the first powered flight by the Wright Brothers. I had arrived at the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden about 5 minutes beforehand. I had parked by car, grabbed my camera and was about to walk to the Restaurant for a cuppa after a long drive.
In front of Hangar 5, the Westland Lysander was being positioned ready for a photo session with a group of Soldiers seated in front of it for an official photograph. The security guard that was with them wasnt happy about me roaming around with a camera.
Then out of Hangar 6 next door came the 1912 Blackburn Monoplane being moved to allow other aircraft to be pushed out of the hangar.
The oldest flying British aircraft on the planet, on the 100th Anniversary or Powered Flight at the worlds best airshow location.
It doesn’t get better than that!