Shuttleworth Fly Navy

Replacing the Flying Festival airshow at Old Warden

Fly Navy

July 3rd

Lysander

Lysander

In 2019, the very popular ‘Fly Navy’ series of airshows surrendered its Shuttleworth summer slot to a new ‘Flying Festival’ celebrating all aspects of flying from warbirds to vintage aircraft.

The new formula provided scope for a wider range of aircraft to be displayed. The Red Arrows were the headline display that year but equally popular with enthusiasts was the last-minute announcement that nine of the Dakotas taking part in Daks over Normandy would be on static dispay at the show and that some would fly out afterwards.

A similar format, but entitled Flying Festival of Britain, was retained in 2021, celebrating innovation and remembering the 1951 Festival of Britain when the Shuttleworth Collection’s Comet was suspended from the ceiling in honour of its record-breaking role.

For 2022 the Fly Navy theme returns. Details of the show will be here when announced.

Aircraft
Flying
Details of the displays in 2021 will be here when known

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

Fly Navy

3rd June 2018

Bristol Scout

Bristol Scout

Fly Navy was one of the best shows anywhere in 2016. In 2017 the weather and cancellations reduced its popularity. Fly Navy was back in 2018 and enjoyed a repeat of the 2016 excellence.

As its name suggests, the show has a naval theme, so visitors enjoyed a wide range of aircraft, all with naval links. Unfortunately, some of the high profile displays were withdrawn since the original (provisional) list was published (see greyed-out items in the table) but the Collection's Spitfire Mk Vc did fly, solo and with the resident Sea Hurricane, in addition to the aircraft originally listed, including the weather-dependent Edwardians. For the third Old Warden show in a row, the Lancaster made what was billed as a flypast but which, in the event, became a triple circuit with lots of topside in wonderful evening light.

Aircraft
Visiting Aircraft
Sea Fury T-20Hawker Sea Fury T.20 (Navy Wings)
(Sea) Fury FB.11
Fairey Swordfish W5856 (Navy Wings)
Supermarine Seafire Mk17 (cancelled)
Consolidated PBY Catalina
Westland Wasp
de Havilland Dragon Rapide
Hawker Nimrod Mk2
Hawker Nimrod Mk.I (cancelled)
Stinson Reliant (cancelled, now static)
AT 6D Texan
Gazelle x2
Bristol Scout
Grumman F4F Wildcat
Vought F4U Corsair
Grumman F8F Bearcat (cancelled)
Douglas AD4 Skyraider (cancelled)
Grumman Avenger (cancelled)
BBMF Lancaster (Flypast)
Morane-SaulnierMorane Saulnier

Resident Aircraft.

Spitfire MkVc G-AWIISpitfire Mk Vc
Hawker Sea Hurricane 1B
Avro Anson in RAF Coningsby coloursAvro C19 Anson
Hawker Demon
DH82a Tiger Moth
Miles MagisterMiles Magister
DH60 Cirrus Moth
Westland Lysander
Gladiator (no longer listed)
Sopwith Camel
Sopwith Pup
Sopwith Triplane
Bristol F2B Fighter
Deperdussin
Avro Triplane IV
Blackburn Monoplane Type ‘D’
Additionally the following are due to be on static display, but are not flying during the show
Avro 504K
Stinson Reliant
Gazelle
'cancelled' means relative to the original provisional list.

Getting to Shuttleworth Airshows

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.

Driving directions

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

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.

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Accommodation near Shuttleworth Airshows

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 are three Premier Inn hotels in Bedford, another two in St Neots and more in in Hitchen and Letchworth, all roughly 10 miles away.

Travelodge have three hotels around Bedford, between six and eight miles from Old Warden and two more within ten miles.

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 Old Warden area

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Old Warden 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.

2022 Show Basics

Dates

July 3rd

Airshow links

Show's web site


Travel

Driving directions

For links to other travel and route planning web sites, click the 'Getting There' tab

Photos

Photos taken at earlier airshows at Old Warden

 

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