As with the Hart / Hurricane, so also with the DeHavilland Tigermoth & Chipmunk, aircraft of different generation & configurations but with a strong family resemblance
There are several oddities & rarities at Old Warden, this is a Percival Mew Gull, a racing plane. There are several racers here, as we go through them you'll come to realise that the pilot seeing where he was going was very much seen as optional.
The Comper Swift, Remember what I was saying about the pilot seeing where he was going?
It was meant to potter around the battlefield letting the generals know how terribly well the battle was going & guiding artillery. Trouble was Johnny Foreigner would insist on shooting at them - rotters.
For a while it was used in off-shore patrol - away from enemy fighters, then it was used to drop dinghies to downed airmen.
The Lysander was all about going slowly & in a decent wind could actually hover, this ability led to the role it was to become famous for - dropping & picking up spies & agents in occupied territory, hence the black finish & ladder on this one.
There was also a planned "anti-invasion" Lysander, with the rear fuselage replaced by a twin fin & rudder & a four gun turret at the back, The idea was that it would fly along beaches being stormed by the enemy & machine-gun them with the turret. So you have four guns to shoot down with while the enemy has several thousand to shoot up with - is that going to end well?
I wonder what they did with the wheel barrows after they took the wheels
1910 Bleriot Monoplane - an original. Think about that for just a moment. This plane & it's engine were made 110 years ago & it's still airworthy. Its the same type as the first plane to cross the channel. It is THE oldest airworthy plane there is, made just 7 years after the wright brothers first flight. Still flying.
Another record holder, this Blackburn Monoplane is the oldest airworthy British aircraft -1912
This AVRO (a contraction of the name of it's designer / builder - Alliot Verdun Roe), Triplane is a replica built for the film "Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines" the film was made in 1965, making this plane 55 years old