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  •  No contest! The Shuttleworth Collection has the (1+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest

    oldest (construction number #14) which is some weeks/months ahead of the Rhinebeck machine (# 56), AND has the same configuration as the cross-Channel machine (a 'fan' Anzani) AND the oldest flying aero-engine in the world AND, therefore the oldest original combination.

    Plus the fact that the Rhinebeck aircraft only admits to the front third and the rear third of their aircraft being original. I, too, have seen the Collins aircraft - it has a modern engine - enough said.

    Quite literally, the Shuttleworth machine stands (and flies) alone.....it is the oldest flying machine on Earth, and is acknowledged as such by all competent authorities (even including me!)

    'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

    by shortfinals on Sun May 05, 2013 at 07:42:22 PM PDT

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