Photos: a Lysander escorting a Mew Gull home

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Barry Pearson
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Photos: a Lysander escorting a Mew Gull home
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At the Shuttleworth Collection June Evening Airshow yesterday, June 16th, a Percival Mew Gull had been displaying with a de Havilland DH.88 Comet. Two beautiful and successful racing aircraft from 1934 - originals, not replicas.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percival_Mew_Gull

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_DH.88_Comet

Comet, red. Mew Gull, white.

The Comet had landed, then there was a hiatus in the running of the airshow. We next saw a Lysander, (already in the air, ready for its own display), in formation with the Mew Gull.

What?

Lysander, black.

The Mew Gull had lost its speed instrumentation. The pilot couldn't make a reliable landing. (Forward visibility in the Mew Gull is appalling. It is built for streamlined speed, not sightseeing!) This plane is too value to take any risks. (And the pilot thinks he is pretty valuable too!)

So the Lysander was escorting the Mew Gull to the airfield at the appropriate speed.

Aaah!

(I didn't get a good shot of the Mew Gull after it landed. A man got in my way. When he gets out of hospital, he may reflect on his mistake!)

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