Shuttleworth acquires the Mew Gull

he Shuttleworth Collection announced this morning that it had acquired Percival Mew Gull G-AEXF, the aircraft famously used by Alex Henshaw in setting the long-standing London to Cape Town and return record.

The Shuttleworth Collection announced this morning that it had acquired Percival Mew Gull G-AEXF, the aircraft famously used by Alex Henshaw in setting the long-standing London to Cape Town and return record. The aeroplane is returning to Old Warden Aerodrome after a long period of absence. Privately owned at the time, it was a fixture at the Bedfordshire airfield until 2002, when it was moved to Breighton.

In 1939, Alex Henshaw flew the highly modified Mew Gull from London to Cape Town in 39 hours and 25 minutes, averaging 209.44mph while airborne. A year earlier the plane won the coveted King’s Cup Race at an average speed of 236mph. Alex Henshaw was one of the leading air racers of the 1930s and went on to become a famed production Spitfire test pilot during WWII.

Jean Michel Munn, chief engineer at The Shuttleworth Collection, said; “The Percival Mew Gull has been sorely missed. It is fitting that it has now been acquired by the Collection and returned to its spiritual home.”