Week 39 – A lucky find

I drive home on different routes, but sometimes I drive past Old Warden airfield, home of the Shuttleworth Collection.  Before I reached the gate I could see and hear an interesting engine which turned out to be that of a Hurricane – one of the three of the Collection.

Hurricane fighter taxying
Hurricane Mk 1 P3717

The Hurricane had been flying with this delightful machine, a DH89a Rapide. This venerable old lady has been around a good while and it’s amazing to me to consider calling it an airliner, so small and delicate is the machine, so limited its capacity for passengers.

Shuttleworth – DH89a Rapide
Biplane twin-engined airliner in pale blue
Shuttleworth – DH89a Rapide airliner