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Of the 55,000 planes that were manufactured by Britain's Royal Army Corps during World War I, only 20 remain in airworthy condition.
Of the 55,000 planes that were manufactured by the Royal Army Corps during World War I only 20 remain in airworthy condition. Six of these belong to The Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden in Bedfordshire, England — making it the most complete collection of original airworthy WWI aircraft in the world.
Above, Shuttleworth Collection pilot Rob Millinship, poses next to a Sopwith Pup before an air demonstration of the rare WWI aircraft on July 21 in Biggleswade, England.
Aviation enthusiast Patrick Wilson, 8, looks at an Avro 504 k at The Shuttlesworth Collection.
A detail shot of a SE5a is seen at The Shuttlesworth Collection. The SE5a is a single-seater-fighter aircraft and is an original biplane designed by the Royal Aircraft Factory. It was issued to the 84 Squadron in November 1918.
The SE5a is taken to position for a demonstration flight.
Shuttleworth Collection pilot Rodger 'Dodge' Bailey prepares for a demonstration flight in an SE5a.
The Shuttlesworth Collection’s SE5a is prepared for a demonstration flight. It’s one of the last remaining World War I biplanes from the Royal Army Corps fleet that once contained more than 55,000 planes.
Shuttleworth Collection pilot Rodger 'Dodge' Bailey takes off in the SE5a for a demonstration flight. The rare biplane saw action in France with the 84 Squadron the day before Armistice, on Nov. 10, 1918.
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