Historic World War I Aircraft Are Displayed At The Shuttleworth Collection


The SE5a takes part in demonstration flight at 'The Shuttlesworth... News PhotoConflict,England,Horizontal,Participant,Protest,UK,War,World War IPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2014 Getty ImagesBIGGLESWADE, ENGLAND - JULY 21: The SE5a takes part in demonstration flight at 'The Shuttlesworth Collection' at Old Warden on July 21, 2014 in Biggleswade, England. Of the 55,000 planes that were manufactured by the Royal Army Corps (RAC) during WWI, only around 20 remain in airworthy condition. Six of these belong to The Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, Bedfordshire, making it the most complete collection of original airworthy WWI aircraft in the world. Amongst the collection is the SE5a. The SE5a is a single seater fighter aircraft. It is an original biplane designed by the Royal Aircraft Factory, with its engine built by Wolseley Motors Ltd, and it was issued to 84 Squadron in November 1918. The National Archive in Kew has recently verified that the plane saw action in France with 84 Squadron the day before Armistice, November 10, 1918. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)