Record Breaker

by 1stEverPentax

Percival Mew Gull aircraft dating from 1936, seen at Old Warden airfield, Bedfordshire on sunday. Part of the resident Shuttleworth Collection of vintage and historic aircraft.

Flown by Alex Henshaw in 1937, he won The Folkestone Trophy with a speed of 210 mph.
After modifications which included seating the pilot on the floor...Henshaw flew the aircraft to 236 mph a year later winning the 1938 King's Cup.

A year later on 5th February 1939, Henshaw set a new 'Out and Home' record flying between Gravesend and Capetown (and back) in just 4 days, 10 hours and 16 minutes...a record that stood for over 70 years.
Uploaded09/06/2021 - 22:21
CategoryTransport
Shutter Speed1/200
Aperturef/8.0
LensN/A
ISO160
Focal Length300mm

GIULIO57
Posted 10/06/2021 - 05:08 Link
Well caught
PPG
1stEverPentax
Posted 10/06/2021 - 20:00 Link
Cheers Giulio.

Karlo
davidwozhere
Posted 11/06/2021 - 00:26 Link
Nice photo and excellent narrative. ......... How does the pilot see where he's going? Landing it must be fun!
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1stEverPentax
Posted 11/06/2021 - 10:48 Link
Thanks David.

Good point about the visibility...apparently the pilots have to weave from side to side a bit...really apparent when taxying on the ground.

Still goes very fast though...gave quite a spirited display.

regards

Karlo
leep
Posted 11/06/2021 - 11:04 Link
davidwozhere wrote:
Nice photo and excellent narrative. ......... How does the pilot see where he's going? Landing it must be fun!

And going all that way and back!
Trampas
Posted 14/06/2021 - 20:46 Link
Nice panning, a well caught photo.
pauljay
Posted 23/06/2021 - 08:05 Link
I imagine that flaring for landing must be quite scary without a forward view! Nice shot but it could use a tweak of the focus!
Paul.

Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be dared and tried! (Bill Brandt)
PPG

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