Cody Lecture: Flying the Shuttleworth Aircraft

13 February 2018

Farnborough Branch


Lecture starts 7.30 pm

Paul Shakespeare, Empire Test Pilots School will give the 2018 Cody Named lecture on flying the Shuttleworth Aircraft to the RAeS Farnborough Branch.

Visitors welcome: admission £2 (RAeS members and students free).

For more information, contact Dr Mike Philpot, Publicity Secretary.

Based at Old Warden Aerodrome in Bedfordshire, The Shuttleworth Collection is one of the world’s finest collections of vintage and antique aircraft and vehicles. The Collection was started by Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth, a passionate racer and pilot, and it contains some of last airworthy aircraft of their type remaining anywhere in the world. These include a Blériot XI, dating from 1909 (the world’s oldest airworthy aircraft), the DH88 Comet which won the MacRobertson air race from England to Australia in 1934, as well as a number of outstanding examples dating from the dawn of aviation through to the 1950s. The aircraft are all kept working as intended and fly regularly at the Collection’s air displays. In this lecture, Paul Shakespeare will talk about the history and composition of the collection and describe what it is like to fly some of these fantastic aeroplanes.

Speaker Details

Paul Shakespeare, Empire Test Pilots School

Paul ‘Shakey’ Shakespeare joined the RAF after studying Aeronautics at Southampton University. He completed pilot training in the USA on the T-37 and T-38 before going on to fly the Tornado GR1 & GR4. After a CF-18 Hornet exchange tour in Canada, Shakey completed the year-long Test Pilot School course in France in 2003. Two tours as a test pilot on the Fast Jet Test Squadron at Boscombe Down then followed, flying the Jaguar, Tornado, Hawk and Alpha Jet. Shakey left the RAF in 2010, and joined QinetiQ where he is currently leading a transformation programme to modernise the Empire Test Pilots’ School at Boscombe Down. Shakey is based in Salisbury where he is a volunteer Air Experience Flight pilot and has a part share in a Jodel light aircraft. He has over 3600 flying hours on over 90 different types of aircraft. He has been a Shuttleworth Collection display pilot since 2005.


Farnborough Branch

BAE Systems Park Centre, Farnborough Aerospace Centre
GU14 6XN