The Fly Navy show at Old Warden in 2016 was greeted with much deserved acclaim. The organisers will be hoping to repeat the success when they reprise Fly Navy in 2017.
The rich naval aviation heritage will again be the theme. The Sea Vixen is bound to be one of the star attractions and a pair of Nimrods and two Wasps further enhance the provisional flying list, alongside the Mk3 and Mk17 Seafires and the Collection's Sea Hurricane.
The provisional list is in the table below. It has been published quite early, so is inevitably subject to change.
This is a relatively small venue, where flying feels closer to the crowd than in some bigger airfields, even since the change in the regulations. The venue also has a mansion, Shuttleworth House, which is usually open to visitors for at least part of airshow days, park-like gardens (Swiss garden) and huge children's outdoor play area.
Old Warden is home to the Shuttleworth Collection of planes from both world wars and earlier, including original pioneering aircraft such as the Bleriot (identical to the one that made the first crossing of the English Channel). There are around 40 airworthy planes in eight hangars.
The collection is on static display most days throughout the year. There are significant flying events about monthly between May and October, ranging from daytime full airshows to evening proms and additional smaller events.
|Westland Wasp (Terry Martin)|
|Seafire Mk XV11, Kennet Aviation|
|Hawker Nimrod Mk2: Historic Aircraft Collection|
|Hawker Nimrod Mk 1: The Fighter Collection|
|Avro 504K (Replica)|
|Avro Anson: Shuttleworth Collection|
|Avro Tutor: Shuttleworth Collection|
|Bristol Boxkite: Shuttleworth Collection|
|Bristol F2b: Shuttleworth Collection|
|Chipmunk: Shuttleworth Collection|
|De Havilland DH60 Cirrus Moth: Shuttleworth Collection|
|Gloster Gladiator: Shuttleworth Collection|
|Hawker Demon: Shuttleworth Collection|
|Hawker Sea Hurricane: Shuttleworth Collection|
|Miles Magister: Shuttleworth Collection|
|Sopwith Pup: Shuttleworth Collection|
|Sopwith Triplane: Shuttleworth Collection|
|Tiger Moth: Shuttleworth Collection|
|Westland Lysander: Shuttleworth Collection|
|All appearances are subject to availability and to technical, weather and other constraints|
On the ground, vintage vehicles will be on view and will parade along the crowdline and there will be live music.
The young at heart, of all ages, will get a chance to 'make and paint', absolutely free, with Airfix & IPMS Brampton.
Add to this the chance to visit the museum and hangars and to access the other delights of the estate.
Naval aviation heritage was the theme for the June airshow at the Shuttleworth Collection's Old Warden Aerodrome, when the programme featured aircraft with a naval connection dating from the early 1900s through to the 1960s.
The return of the Sea Vixen was one of the highlights of the event, generally regarded as one of the best shows at Old Warden and possibly one of the best anywhere for a very long time.
The Sea Vixen opened the show but, as always, it was also good to see the the Mk III Seafire joined by the Shuttleworth Collection's sole surviving Hawker Sea Hurricane 1B. Other highlights amongst the visitors included a return of the Bristol Scout, Terry Martin's Wasp and Guy Martin's Hawker Nimrod, flying with the Collection's Nimrod and Demon.
Gems from the local collection included their Sopwith Pup, Westland Lysander, Gloster Gladiator although the breeze didn't allow the Edwardians to fly.
|Fairey Swordfish (RNHF)|
|Bristol Scout (David Bremner)|
|Westland Wasp (Terry Martin)|
|Hawker Sea Hurricane 1B (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Seafire MkIII PP972 (Air Leasing: Richard Grace)|
|Grumman FM2 Wildcat (The Fighter Collection)|
|Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat (The Fighter Collection)|
|Goodyear FG-1D Corsair (The Fighter Collection)|
|Hawker Nimrod Mk2 K3661 (Historic Aircraft Collection)|
|Hawker Nimrod Mk1 (The Fighter Collection)|
|Harvard (Texan) T6 (Kennet Aviation)|
|Morane Saulnier MS317 (Tony Whitehead)|
|BBMF Hurricane and Spitfire (Flypasts)|
|Sopwith Pup (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Westland Lysander (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Gloster Gladiator (Shuttleworth)|
|Gloster Gladiator (The Fighter Collection) (did not fly)|
|Tiger Moth (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Miles Magister (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Avro Tutor (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Avro Anson (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Rapide (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|DH60 (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Hawker Demon (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Avro 504K (Shuttleworth Collection)|
|Avro Triplane (Shuttleworth Collection) *|
|Bristol Boxkite (Shuttleworth Collection) *|
|Blackburn Monoplane (Shuttleworth Collection) *|
|Deperdussin (Shuttleworth Collection) *|
|Previously listed but cancelled before the show|
|All appearances are subject to availability and to technical, weather and other constraints
* The Edwardians did not fly because of the breeze.
On the ground a Hillman Minx and Railton were amongst the vehicles on view and on parade along the crowdline.
The young at heart, of all ages, had a chance to 'make and paint', absolutely free, with Airfix & IPMS Brampton.
Shuttleworth's Old Warden Aerodrome is about two miles to the west of the A1 near Biggleswade. It is about 20 miles from junction 13 of the M1 and from the south it is about 30 miles from Junction 23 of the M25. It is signposted from the A1 at Biggleswade. The Post Code (for sat nav) is SG18 9EP but, as with all shows, ignore the sat nav in favour of local show signs as soon as you see them.
National Express do not go to Biggleswade. The nearest stops are in Bedford (4 miles), Letchworth (8 miles) and Royston (6 miles) with services to Luton and Heathrow airports as well as Cambridge and London. You can book seats online. Click the National Express name to go to their web site.
There is a train station at nearby Biggleswade, which is about 40 minutes from London Kings Cross and about 30 minutes from Peterborough. There is no bus service from the station to the aerodrome but there is a taxi rank close to the station.
The variety of rail tickets and fares can be very confusing. Trainline and Raileasy web sites list all ticket and fare options for the time and day of travel you choose, but they both levy an admin fee. Click either of the blue ticket agency names to go to their web site.
It is best to book as far as possible in advance. This is not only because nearby hotels and guest houses tend get booked up well before the date of an airshow but also because prices can be better when you book early online.
There are plenty of booking agencies. We find that many of the well known ones are better at finding hotels from international or larger UK chains and may suggest hotels in main towns or cities quite a distance from the show site.
If you need plenty of options, we find that, between them, LateRooms and Expedia list a good selection of smaller, as well as bigger, hotels and will find accommodation in villages and small towns as well as the main centres. Expedia also give, and take, Nectar points.
Click either blue agency name for a list of hotels and guest houses near the show. The venue is already built into both links, so when the list comes up you just have to enter your dates.
Trivago will list competitive prices for a range of hotels, but they might not necessarily find them all, because some chains do not subscribe to their service. You may also get a better rate if you book direct with an hotel, especially if you are a member of a loyalty or rewards scheme.
The International Hotels Group have a Holiday Inn about 4 miles away and Holiday Inn Express hotels about 12 miles away near Bedford and Stevenage; there are two Premier Inn hotels in Bedford about 8 miles away, another two in St Neots and one in Hitchen, all about 10 miles away.
June 4th 2017
in advance until the Monday before the show £24
in advance from the Monday before the show £27
on the gate £30 (if still available)
up to 4 under 16s free per adult
SVAS Members (proof required)
£17 in advance and on the gate
Flying from 14.00
Event closes 18.00
Sat Nav SG18 9EP
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