Shuttleworth Collection Military Airshow

Military Airshow

June 18th

Sea Hurricane

Sea Hurricane

The former ‘Military Pageant’ Airshow retained the military theme for 2021 but the title became simply the Military Airshow. In both it's guises it was Shuttleworth's most popular show, lining up Shuttleworth's impressive collection with vintage and more recent military visitors.

For 2022 the Military Airshow theme and title remain but the show moves from the daytime to the evening and it adopts a drive-in format.

Aircraft
Flying
Details of the displays 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.

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.

Military Pageant Airshow

1st July 2018

RAF SE5a

Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a

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

Also live music and military vehicles, both on display and in a parade.

At the end of the flying display there was a poignant moment when the Bristol Fighter flew over and dropped poppies, whilst the crowd remained silent to pay their respects to those who did not return.

Aircraft originally listed to fly
Visitors
Republic P-47 ThunderboltRepublic P-47D Thunderbolt
Avro Lancaster
Bremont Great War Display Team
Schneider Grunau Baby
Fokker Dr1 Triplane
Royal Aircraft Factory BE2e
Radar Kite
Nieuport 17
From the Shuttleworth Collection
Supermarine Spitfire Vc
Westland Lysander
Hawker Demon
Avro 504K
Bristol F2B Fighter
Percival Piston Provost T.1
Sopwith Pup (if serviceable)
Sopwith Triplane
Sopwith Camel
Sopwith Dove
Avro C19 Anson
RAF SE5a
Blackburn B2
Bristol M1C
Bristol Scout
DH82a Tiger Moth
Hawker Sea Hurricane 1B
Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 ‘P3717’
Avro Triplane IV
Bristol Boxkite
Deperdussin
Blackburn Monoplane Type ‘D’

Military Pageant Airshow 2016

SE5a

SE5a

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
Flying schedule   (tap / hover over icon for more detail)
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
Chipmunk
Blackburn B2
Bristol F2.b
Sopwith Pup
Avro 504K
Deperdussin
Bristol Boxkite
Avro Triplane
Bristol M1C
SE5a
Previously announced but withdrawn before the show
Avro Lancaster (BBMF) (Flypast) not serviceable
Spitfire MkX1 'PL965' (Hangar 11/Peter Teichman)

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

Date

June 18th

Airshow links

Show's web site


Times

Gates open 14:00
Flying from 17:30
Event ends around 21:00

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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