Golden Age of Aviation Airshow

The Golden Age of Aviation Air Show at Compton Abbas

August 10th - 11th

Spitfire Pair

Spitfires Elizabeth and St George

An Aero Legends base owned by film maker Guy Richie. Expect to see Aero Legends' and other vintage aircraft, aerobatic displays and reenactors; traders and fun fair.

The emphasis will be on older aircraft 'paying homage to the rich history and innovation of flight' but the displays will also feature 'cutting-edge modern display teams that push the boundaries of aerobatic prowess' spanning the range of aviation types and ages.



Tickets are available now from the Golden Age of Aviation web site.

Fighters / Attack
Spitfire TD314Supermarine Spitfire Mk1X TD314 G-CGYJ 'St George' (Aero Legends)
Spitfire NH341 'Elizabeth'Supermarine Spitfire Mk TIX NH341 'Elizabeth' (Aero Legends)
Supermarine Spitfire MJ444 (Aero Legends)
Buchon Yellow 10Hispano HA-1112 Buchon G-AWHK 'Yellow 10' (Aircraft Restoration Company)
Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 G-HITT 'P3717'Hawker Hurricane Mk I P3717
Strikemaster Mk 82A G-SOAFBAC Strikemaster
Fairey Swordfish Mk1 W5856 Navy WingsFairey Swordfish Mk I G-BMGC 'W5856' (Navy Wings)
Bombers and Transport
BBMF LancasterBBMF Lancaster 'PA474 Leader'
Boeing B-17G 'Sally B' Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress G-BEDF 'Sally B'
DakotaDouglas C-47 'Pegasus' (Aero Legends)
Dakota "Drag 'em oot"Douglas C-47 Skytrain '19345' N473DC 'Drag 'Em Oot' (Aero Legends)
Aerosuperbatics WingwalkerAerosuperbatics Wingwalkers
Boeing Stearman G-CIPE
Tiger 9: 9 Tiger MothsTiger 9 Formation Team
Tiger Moth G-PWBETiger Moth G-PWBE
Tiger Moth N1739D
JackarooJackaroo G-AOIR
Stampe G-BPLMStampe G-BPLM
Stampe Formation TeamStampe Formation Flying Team (up to four SV.4 Stampe biplanes)
Harvard G-BGHU 'Carly' USAF liveryHarvard T-6G G-BGHU 'Carly' (Aero Legends)
T-6 'Texan' G-DDMV (Aero Legends)

In case there are mistakes or changes, please check the show's web site or social media site for the latest list.
Appearances are always subject to technical, weather and other constraints.

Getting to the show.

By car

The airfield is off Spread Eagle Hill, south-east of the junction between the A30 and the A350.

Use postcode SP5 5AP in the Sat Nav until you get close, but ignore sat nav in favour of local airshow signs as soon as you see them


There are links to other route planners in the Travel Advice section.

By Train

Trains between Exeter and Salisbury; Exeter and London Waterloo and also trains between London Waterloo and Yeovil call at Gillingham (Dorset), which is about 10 miles from the airfield by taxi or just over an hour to the local church by bus.

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Accommodation near the show

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.

Some Options

There is a Premier Inn hotel in ** about ** miles away.

There is a Travelodge ** in ** and there are another two within about ** miles of the show.

Click any of the blue names to go to the corresponding web site. The links already have the location built in, but please check, and change as necessary, the dates, number of rooms and number of guests.

Weather for the show area

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Compton Abbas weather forecast from the UK Met Office

BBC Forecast

A 14-day forecast from the BBC

What the forecasts tell you

The Met Office 7-day forecast includes actual and "feels like" temperatures, the likelihood of rain, wind speed, wind direction, wind gusts and visibility: the latter can have an impact on the viability of displays.

The BBC's 14-day forecast has overall conditions including and hourly estimate of temperature, wind direction, wind speed and UV range.

Click the blue-text link to go to the forecast. The location is already built into the links.

2024 Show Basics


August 10th and 11th

Airshow links

Show's web site


Saturday: Gates at 10.00. Flying from 13.00
Sunday: Gates at 11.00. Flying from 14.00

Tickets in 2024

Available now through the shows web site.


Details of pitches and prices are on the show's web site.


Car Parking is free to all ticket holders. It will be on a remote site.


Dogs must be kept on a lead throughout the event. Also, consider whether the proximity to loud vintage aircraft is suitable for pets.


Sat Nav SP5 5AP


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