Pioneering aircraft from the Battle of Jutland to be brought to life in an exhibition at the Fleet Air Arm Museum

New exhibition to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland and a pioneering era of aviation
 
The exhibition at the Fleet Air Arm Museum (FAAM) in Yeovilton tells the story of the only aircraft to fly during the battle, the Short Type 184, and of its pilot, Frederick Rutland, who became known as ‘Rutland of Jutland’
 
The remains of Short 184 will be innovatively displayed for the exhibition which opens on May 18th
 
A replica of First World War aircraft Sopwith Baby, complete with Le Prieur rockets which were the world’s first air-to-air missiles, has also been restored for display alongside the Short 184
 
The historically-important and fascinating stories of two First World War aircraft are to be told as part of an exciting new exhibition to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland at The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm Museum (FAAM).
 
The exhibition will feature The Short Type 184, the only aeroplane to fly over the vast swathes of the North Sea during the battle, which involved 250 warships and saw 7,000 sailors killed, 100 years ago. It was embarked in HMS Engadine and its reconnaissance flight was a key part of the battles operation. The remains of the pioneering aircraft will be displayed with a visual presentation of what she looked like as a complete aircraft. 
 
The Sopwith Baby, complete with Le Prieur anti-zeppelin rockets, which were really glorified fireworks, will go on display next to the remains of the Short Type 184 for the Jutland exhibition opening on May 18th. 
Aircraft Curator at the FAAM, Dave Morris, said: “The Short Type 184’s reconnaissance role was a real menace to the German shipping. It was one of the first aircraft to be built in our local town of Yeovil by Westland Aircraft Ltd,  so it’s really significant to have it here at the museum, and so close to the Royal Navy Air Station at Yeovilton. 
 
“Poor weather at Jutland had actually kept the German zeppelins out of the game and this allowed the Short 184 to spot German battleships and relay vital messages back to the British fleet. The exhibition will also bring to life Short 184’s famous pilot Frederick Rutland, who became known as the ‘Rutland of Jutland’. He went from being a hero in the First World War to being interned as a traitor in the Second World War.
 
“We’re equally excited about the impressive Sopwith Baby replica. The two aircraft and their stories will look stunning and I’m sure will excite many visitors, old and new.”
 
Two Sopwith Baby aircraft were embarked in HMS Engadine at Jutland (along with the Short Type 184) in anticipation of zeppelin attacks.
 
The museum’s Sopwith Baby is a replica built by Royal Naval Engineering Apprentices in the 1970s. However it utilises some components using from two original First World War Sopwith Baby aircraft. 
 
To complete the aircraft for exhibition, Dave Morris and his team, Richard Barlow and Will Gibbs, used original engineering drawings to replicate the Le Prieur rockets. 
 
The exhibition on Jutland ties in with The National Museum of the Royal Navy’s blockbuster exhibition 36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won The War, which launches at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on May 19th.
 

Concorde 002

No visit to the Fleet Air Arm Museum would be complete without going on board Concorde 002. Following some thirteen years of development Concorde 002 was the fist British Concorde to take to the skies, taking off from Filton, Bristol on April 9th 1969. (Concorde 001 took off from Toulouse France on March 2nd 1969).

This photo was taken on 4th March 1976, of test pilot Brian Trubshaw to comemorate the last flight of Concorde 002.