Shuttleworth’s Sopwith Triplane is Back in the Air Following Restoration [Video]

Earlier today, the Shuttleworth Collection’s Sopwith Triplane “Dixie” returned to the air over Old Warden Aerodrome in Bedfordshire for its first post-restoration flight.

The Clerget-powered Triplane reproduction was originally built by Northern Aeroplane Workshops in the 1980s, and is so accurate that it was deemed a “late production” model by T.O.M. Sopwith himself. The aircraft suffered a landing accident during a public demonstration on Jun 29, 2014, which required the machine to be stripped down for repairs.

In the process, a number of new parts were installed, including new wheels, a new engine cowling and a new propeller made by Colin Essex.

Click below to check out video of today’s successful test.

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The #sopwithtriplane Dixie returned to the skies this afternoon for a test flight.

Posted by The Shuttleworth Collection on Monday, March 13, 2017

 

The welcome sight of #Dixie enjoying being back up in the clouds <3 #sopwithtriplane Successful flight 🙂

Posted by The Shuttleworth Collection on Monday, March 13, 2017

 
(via Shuttleworth Collection)