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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