Event Information:

  • Mon

    Building & Flying a Bristol Scout - Theo Willford

    1930 - 2130Kyneton Airfield - 1503 Kyneton-Metcalfe Road Kyneton VIC 3444


    Theo Willford is a private pilot and amateur aircraft builder from the U.K. who was involved in rebuilding a WWI Bristol Scout fighter. Starting with the original control stick, rudder bar and one magneto, and with a set of original factory drawings, Theo and his colleagues built a completely new but authentic reconstruction of a WWI Bristol Scout, right down to the Irish linen covering. KAC member, Frank Deeth, first met Theo approximately two years ago when he was visiting his daughter on the Mornington Peninsular. Not to be satisfied with the completion of the Bristol Scout, Theo is now building a Corby Starlet and through a mutual friend in the U.K. he looked Frank up during his last visit to talk, amongst all things aviation, Corby Starlets; naturally the Bristol Scout and Frank’s Spitfire projects came up as well. Since then Frank has had the privilege of catching up with Theo in the U.K. and getting an up close and personal look at the Bristol Scout based in the Shuttleworth Collection at Biggleswade near Duxford/Cambridge. Theo along with the two grandsons of an original Bristol Scout pilot take the aircraft on the road throughout the U.K. flying season to various flying and non-flying historical events to help educate the masses about the Bristol Scout and its role in WWI. Theo has kindly offered to give a talk at the Kyneton Aero Club on the building and flying of the Bristol Scout. A light supper will be provided following Theo's talk and, as usual, guests are most welcome.

Enjoying a stopover on a scenic flight from Kyneton Airfield.
One of the many Cancer Council “Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea” Fly-ins held at Kyneton Airfield