The Shuttleworth Collection is delighted to welcome home the unique and record breaking Percival Mew Gull racing aeroplane.
The Percival Mew Gull represents the “Holy Grail” of racing aeroplane development in the golden era of air racing during the 1930s. The success of this design culminated in the aeroplane winning the coveted King’s Cup Air Race in 1938 flown by Alex Henshaw. The race covered a remarkable distance of 12,754 miles, from England to Cape Town and back, and broke many records including the fastest time ever recorded by a British light aircraft in 1939.Henshaw is best known for his extensive testing of Spitfires during WWII.
The acquired aircraft arrived at the Shuttleworth Collection on the morning of Sunday 6 October much to the delight of visitors who had arrived for the last air display of the season on the same day. The aeroplane, which was previously privately owned, was once based at the Collection and regularly flew on flying days. Since its departure in 2002; it was sorely missed so it is rather fitting that it has now been acquired by the Collection and returned to its spiritual home, and will be here for future generations of visitors to see and enjoy watching her fly.
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