Shuttleworth Collection Military Pageant Airshow

The 2017 Military Pageant Airshow at Old Warden

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Military Pageant Airshow

2nd July 2017
Hurricane R4118

Hurricane R4118

The Military Pageant recognises the past and present contribution of our Armed Forces, through air and ground displays.

There will also be vehicles on display and in a parade.

You will also have the chance to visit the museum, hangars and the Swiss Gardens and to listen to live music.

More details will be here when known.


About Old Warden

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.

Provisional list of aircraft due to fly
Auster AOP6
Auster AOP9
Auster T7
BBMF Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire
B-17G 'Sally B'
Bristol Blenheim
Westland Scout
Avro 504K, Shuttleworth Collection
Avro Triplane, Shuttleworth Collection
Blackburn Monoplane, Shuttleworth Collection
Bristol Boxkite, Shuttleworth Collection
Bristol F2b, Shuttleworth Collection
Bristol M1C, Shuttleworth Collection
Deperdussin, Shuttleworth Collection
Eon Primary Glider, Shuttleworth Collection
Hawker Demon, Shuttleworth Collection
Hawker Hurricane R4118, Shuttleworth Collection
Hawker Sea Hurricane, Shuttleworth Collection
Gloster Gladiator, Shuttleworth Collection
SE5a, Shuttleworth Collection
Sopwith Camel, 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

Military Pageant Airshow 2016



The Military Pageant was dedicated to recognising the contribution of our Armed Forces – past and present. It was originally intended to be a Hawker fiesta, with six Hawker Hurricanes. However, all things change and the theme became a more general celebration of military aircraft, with an emphasis on the historic collection looked after by, and displayed at, Old Warden.

As well as an impressive gathering of military aircraft there were visiting military vehicles, including WWI steam engine ‘Gigantic’ in WW1 Ministry of War livery  and a replica 8” Howitzer Gun.

Aircraft booked to fly

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Hawker Hurricane MkX11a (HAC/Guy Black)
Hawker Hurricane R4118
Hawker Sea Hurricane
Hawker Tomtit (Shuttleworth)
Hawker Demon (privately owned but based at Old Warden)
Lysander (Shuttleworth)
P-51D 'Tall in the Saddle' (Hangar 11/Peter Teichman)
Spitfire Mk1 (IWM)
Spitfire Mk1Xb 'MH434' (OFMC)
Spitfire MkVb (HAC/Guy Black)
Gloster Gladiator (Shuttleworth)
Yak 3 Yak 3 (Mark Davy)
Buchon (John Romain)
B-17G 'Sally B'
Fieseler Storch
Eon Primary
De Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth
Avro Tutor
Miles Magister (PH)
Miles Magister
Blackburn B2
Bristol F2.b
Sopwith Pup
Avro 504K
Bristol Boxkite
Avro Triplane
Bristol M1C
Previously announced but not in current flying list
Avro Lancaster (BBMF) (Flypast) not serviceable
Spitfire MkX1 'PL965' (Hangar 11/Peter Teichman)
All appearances are subject to availability and to technical, weather and other constraints

There was also an exhibition by the Royal Aeronautical society, who were celebrating 150 years of their work to further the art, science and engineering of aeronautics and encouraging young people to explore these areas.

The flying display featured three visiting Spitfires and a Hurricane, ‘Sally B’, a Buchon, as well as favourites from The Collection including the Lysander and Hawker Tomtit.

An M20 motor cycle and Hillman Minx were amongst the vehicles making the parade and available to view.

The young at heart, of all ages, had a chance to 'make and paint', absolutely free, with Airfix & IPMS Brampton.

There was also the chance to visit the museum, hangars and the Swiss Gardens and to listen to live music from the Polka Dots.


Local area

Getting to Old Warden

By car

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.

By coach

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.

By Train

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.

Click here to create a pocket timetable for your journey between any stations on the National Rail network.

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.

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Find accommodation near Old Warden

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.

Weather for the show area

Other Forecasts

UK Met Office

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2017 Show

2nd July 2017

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Military Pageant Airshow


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

Veterans over 85
Free. Email or phone to arrange
Times (approx)

Gates 09.00
Flying from 14.00
Event closes 18.00


Sat Nav SG18 9EP
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Photos taken at Old Warden Aerodrome