Best of British Airshow

Shuttleworth Collection Season Premiere

'Best of British', Shuttleworth Season Premiere

May 12th, 2024

Spitfire and Mew Gull

Shuttleworth's Mk V Spitfire and Mew Gull at the Best of British Airshow 2024

The Shuttleworth Collection welcomed its 60th airshow season with a show that followed the 2023 season premiere theme, the 'Best Of British'; celebrating the history of aviation and automotive technology in Britain and its influence around the world.

The show was the best-attended Shuttleworth airshow since Covid-19, which augers well for the new season.

Parking was a bit tight because of attendance by near-capacity crowds and several car clubs but the staff and spacious grounds coped excellently. Even the weather defied the forecasts and stayed dry and bright throughout the day, although it was rather too breezy for the Edwardians to display.

There were several other changes to the flying list before the date of the show; most notably Vampire Preservation's Vampire T11 (WZ507), which was awaiting the return of fuel nozzles after cleaning and checking, and which was replaced on the display list by Newcastle Jet Provost Group's T.3A.

No-shows on the day, in addition to the Edwardians, were the Collection's Tiger Moth, which was to have flown with other de Havillands but had other ideas; their Sopwith Dove, which started along the runway but gave up, and the Hawker Tomtit, which also had a technical problem. There was a welcome late addition in the form of Shuttleworth's de Havilland DH80A Puss Moth, which joined the de Havilland themed combo.

Otherwise, the displays were as listed and in the order that was displayed on a board by the tower and pre-announced by commentator, Ben Dunnell.

The show opened with BBMF Hurricane LF363 in what was listed as a flypast. However, Officer Commanding the BBMF, Squadron Leader Mark Sugden was very generous in his interpretation of 'flypast' and made three passes including very welcome topsides.

The flying pattern then followed the format that has become quite common here and at some other shows, being mostly grouped by theme, interspersed by a few solos, including two typically impressive glider displays by Graham Saw, first in the Slingsby Petrel and later in the Elliots of Newbury (EON) Primary. (... continued below the table)

Spitfire MV293

Spitfire Mk XIVe MV293 flown by Nick Smith

Spitfire MV293 in Indian Air Force coloursSupermarine Spitfire FR XlV G-SPIT MV293 in Indian Air Force Markings (since 2024) (Fighter Aviation)
Jet Provost XM479Hunting Percival Jet Provost T.3 XM479 (Newcastle Jet Provost). Replaced originally scheduled Vampire.
Hawker Fury Mk I G-CBZP 'K5674'Hawker Fury I (Historic Aircraft Collection)
Bristol BlenheimBristol Blenheim Mk1 G-BPIV (ARCo)
Bristol Scout Type-C (replica): D & R BremnerBristol Scout
Fairey Swordfish Mk1 W5856 Navy WingsFairey Swordfish Mk I G-BMGC 'W5856' (Navy Wings)
Hurricane LF363 (BBMF)Hawker Hurricane IIc LF363 (BBMF) FLYPAST ONLY
Slingsby T.13 Petrel GliderSlingsby Petrel (Graham Saw)
Miles Magister N3788Miles Magister G-AKPF 'N3788' (David Bramwell)
Avro Anson in Coningsby coloursAvro C19 Anson G-AHKX in RAF Coningsby colours (was BAe Systems but donated to Shuttleworth Collection)
Avro 504Avro 504K G-ADEV (Old Warden Resident)
Comper SwiftComper CLA7 Swift G-ACTF (Shuttleworth Collection)
de Havilland Canada Chipmunk DHC-1 (Shuttleworth Collection)DHC-1 Chipmunk (Shuttleworth Collection)
de Havilland DH51de Havilland DH51 'Miss Kenya' G-EBIR
de Havilland DH60 Mothde Havilland DH60X Hermes Moth G-EBWD (was BAe Systems but donated to Shuttleworth Collection)
DH88 CometDH88 Comet (Shuttleworth Collection)
de Havilland DH80A Puss Mothde Havilland DH80A Puss Moth G-AEOA (Shuttleworth Collection)
Schneider SF38 (EoN Primary): Shuttleworth CollectionEon Primary Glider (Shuttleworth Collection)
Gloster Gladiator Mk IGloster Gladiator Mk 1 G-AMRK 'K7985' (Shuttleworth Collection)
Hawk Speed SixMiles Hawk Speed Six
Miles MagisterMiles Magister 'P6382' G-AJRS (Shuttleworth Collection)
Parnall ElfParnall Elf
Mew GullPercival Mew Gull G-AEXF (Shuttleworth Collection)
Percival Piston P.56 Provost T1Hunting (Percival) Piston Provost T.1 (Shuttleworth Collection)
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5aRAF SE5A G-EBIA
Sopwith PupSopwith Pup (Shuttleworth Collection)
Sopwith TriplaneSopwith Triplane replica 'N6290 Dixie ll': Shuttleworth Collection
Spitfire MkVc G-AWII AR501Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk Vc G-AWII 'AR501' (Shuttleworth Collection)
Lysander IIIA V9367Westland Lysander IIIA G-AZWT (Shuttleworth Collection)
Cancelled or removed from the flying list before the day
de Havilland Vampire WZ507de Havilland Vampire T11 WZ507 (Vampire Preservation). Replaced by Jet Provost
Bristol F2bBristol F2.b (Shuttleworth Collection)
Bristol M1C Bristol M1C (reproduction), (Shuttleworth Collection)
DesoutterDesoutter Mk1 G-AAPZ (Shuttleworth Collection)
Hawker Cygnet
Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk 1b G-BKTH Z7105/7-L: Shuttleworth CollectionHawker Sea Hurricane Mk Ib G-BKTH Z7105/7-L, Shuttleworth Collection
Cancelled or did not fly on the day
Tiger Mothde Havilland DH.82a Tiger Moth G-ANKT 'K2585'
Hawker TomtitHawker Tomtit (Shuttleworth Collection)
Sopwith Dove (Shuttleworth Collection)
Edwardians did not fly: too breezy
Avro TriplaneAvro Triplane replica G-ARSG (Shuttleworth Collection)
Bleriot XIBlériot XI (Shuttleworth Collection)
Blackburn MonoplaneBlackburn Monoplane Type ‘D’ (Shuttleworth Collection)
Bristol BoxkiteBristol Boxkite (Shuttleworth Collection)
DeperdussinDeperdussin (Shuttleworth Collection)
Jet Provost flown by Mark Hooten

Jet Provost flown by Mark Hooten

The first of the themed groups into the air were the de Havillands: five of them making it into their slot although the sixth, the DH82a Tiger Moth had a technical problem and was unable to join them. The group had taken off in advance of the Hurricane Flypast and the first of the de Havillands, the DH51, 60X Hermes Moth and 80A Puss Moth were waiting to join the circuit as the Hurricane departed, with the Chipmunk cavorting above them giving a very athletic aerobatic demonstration.

The 5th de Havilland, the DH88 Comet, followed with its own impressive demonstration of speed and agility.

Focus turned to another historic British manufacturer when Percival were represented by the Hunting Percival Jet Provost T3A owned by the Newcastle Jet Provost Group and flown by Mark Hooten and Shuttleworth's (piston) Provost T1 flown by Mark Sharp. The Provost T1 was the last piston engined basic trainer to be used by the RAF and the Shuttleworth example is the only one still flying in the UK.

Other manufacturer-based themes were Sopwith, whose Pup and Triplane reproduction took to the air, and Miles, represented by the Hawk Speed Six, flown by Paul Stone and a pair of Magisters, the Shuttleworth example flown by Andrew Monk, giving his first public display at Old Warden.

As well as the gliders, there were solo displays from Paul Shakespeare in the Parnall Elf, a British 2-seat light tourer from the 1920s; Si Davies in the Shuttleworth Collection's RAF SE5a; Willy Hackett in the Collection's Avro 504K; Richard Crockett giving his first public display of the Collection's Comper Swift, a single-seat racer from the 1930s; Jean-Michel Munn in Shuttleworth's Avro C.19 Anson and David Bremmner in his family's reproduction Bristol Scout, which has some parts from the original Scout flown by his grandfather.

The last of the special themed sections, programmed immediately before Nick Smith's finale, recognised the many and varied achievements of Alex Henshaw MBE. Originally an air racer, Alex became a chief test pilot, testing wartime aircraft such as Spitfires and Lancasters. There were to be three aircraft in the displays but the absence on sick leave of the Hawker Tomtit reduced this to two: the Mk V Spitfire and the Mew Gull, both from Shuttleworth's own Collection and representing the two 'arms' of his background and expertise. The Spitfire and Mew Gull arrived as a pair in a novel, even if not unique pairing, before separating into their individual displays.

Frank Chapman was in the pilot's seat for his typically imitable display in the Mew Gull, the very aircraft in which Alex Henshaw had made his record-setting two-way trip between the UK and Cape Town. His display was followed in the same segment by the Mk V Spitfire which was evidently rather shy and and didn't like to show its topside, except when it was way out over the trees, evidently preferring to show its belly whenever closer to the crowd.

With such an impressive line-up it is difficult to single out the stars of the show but there was certainly a special welcome for the Historic Aircraft Collection's Mk I Hawker Fury, the sole survivor of its type, which was flown by Clive Denney and was making its first ever appearance at Old Warden. (... continued below the pictures)

Hawker Fury Mk I

Hawker Fury Mk I


Glenn Allison flying the Navy Wings Swordfish

There was a special welcome, too, for the Navy Wings Heritage Flight's Swordfish W5856, not yet wearing its D-Day stripes, piloted by Glenn Allison as the opener to a sequence celebrating the Bristol engine company. Following the Swordfish in the sequence was the trio with Bristol Mercury engines, comprising more favourites: the Blenheim flown by John Romain, the Mk I Gladiator and Shuttleworth's Lysander.

Special respect for the display by Nick Smith in Fighter Engineering's Mk XIV Spitfire to close the show. The Mk XIV has new Indian Air Force markings, replicating those it wore when in post-war service. Nick had no trouble at all showing the new livery to the crowd with a delightful series of passes and a wealth of photogenic topsides. (... continued below the pictures)

Bristol Mercury engined Trio: Blenheim, Lysander and Gladiator

Trio with Bristol Mercury engines: Blenheim, Gladiator and Lysander

Graham Saw in EON Primary

Graham Saw in EON Primary

There can be no better place than Old Warden to host an airshow around the theme 'Best Of British'. Their collection of historic aircraft with British connections is unparalleled. It might be tempting for them to depend exclusively on that wealth of history, but the organisers did much better than that, bringing in an unusually large number of aircraft that are not Shuttleworth-based to enhance the 'Best of British' story. Around a third of all aircraft that displayed were visitors, rather than Shuttleworth-based.

Although aircraft are our focus, it was good to see vintage and more recent British motor marques represented too, mostly through car clubs. The free rides on vintage busses also added both to the atmosphere and to the enjoyment of the crowds.

Without doubt, a stirling start to what should turn out to be a brilliant airshow season at the Shuttleworth Collection.

Fly-in bonus

Auster AOP9

Auster AOP 9

As well as the excellent flying displays, a large number of small aircraft flew in before the event and out again soon afterwards. Most were small private aircraft but this Auster AOP 9 from the Historic Army Aircraft Flight also arrived mid morning and departed after the show.


Click to see photos taken at earlier Season Premiere airshows at Old Warden. Photos taken at this show will be online soon.

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 will be open to visitors for part of the day, 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, additional smaller events and (from 2024) events held over 2 or even 3 days, although there is not always flying on both days.

Season Premiere

7th May 2023

Bristol Boxkite and Avro Avro Triplane at Shuttleworth Premiere 2023

Bristol Boxkite and Avro Avro Triplane at Shuttleworth Premiere 2023

The first major airshow of the year was one to remember for some spectacular flying and some landmark debuts. The First public display by the refurbished Lynx XZ179 from Project Lynx; the first display by the Fairey Swordfish in private (Navy Wings) hands; a rare public display by the Royal Chipmunk and some spectacular passes by the BBMF Lancaster.

The weather was fine on the day, too, the rest of the flying list was great and the theme was promising. The flying list has been updated to reflect what actually flew.

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 will be open to visitors for part of the day, 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.

Lancaster Lancaster

BBMF Lancaster made three, low, topside passes.

BBMF LancasterBBMF Lancaster 'PA474 Leader' (FLYPASTS ONLY)
Fairey Swordfish Mk1 W5856 Navy WingsFairey Swordfish (Navy Wings)
Lynx AH7Westland Lynx XZ179 (Project Lynx)
The Royal Chipmunkde Havilland Chipmunk WP903 (that King Charles learnt to fly in) (The Royal Chipmunk)
Tiger Moth: David CysterTiger Moth G-ANRF (David Cyster)
Red Devils parachute display teamRed Devils Parachute Display Team
Avro 504Avro 504K G-ADEV (Started up but engine cut out before flight)
Avro Triplane* Avro Triplane replica G-ARSG (Shuttleworth Collection)
Avro TutorAvro Tutor G-AHSA 'K3241'(Old Warden resident)
Bristol F2bBristol F2.b (Shuttleworth Collection)
Chipmunkde Havilland Canada DHC Chipmunk T.22 (Shuttleworth Collection)
DH88 CometDH88 Comet, Shuttleworth Collection
de Havilland DH60 MothDH60X Moth G-EBWD (was BAe Systems but donated to Shuttleworth Collection)
Tiger Mothde Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth
English Electric Wren* English Electric Wren (Shuttleworth Collection)
Gloster Gladiator K7985 (Shuttleworth Collection)Gloster Gladiator Mk 1 G-AMRK 'K7985' (originally 'L8032') (Shuttleworth Collection)
Miles Hawk Speed Six Miles Hawk Speed Six
Mew GullPercival Mew Gull G-AEXF (Shuttleworth Collection)
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5aRAF SE5a G-EBIA (Shuttleworth Collection)
Sopwith PupSopwith Pup (Shuttleworth Collection)
Sopwith TriplaneSopwith Triplane replica 'N6290 Dixie ll' (Shuttleworth Collection)
Southern MartletSouthern Martlett
LysanderWestland Lysander IIIA G-AZWT, Shuttleworth Collection
Late additions
Polikarpov PO2 (Shuttleworth Collection)
Bristol Boxkite* Bristol Boxkite (Shuttleworth Collection)
Eon Primary, Shuttleworth Collection
Letov LF-107 Lunak Glider
Once listed but withdrawn or cancelled
Avro AnsonAvro C19 Anson G-AHKX in RAF Coningsby colours (was BAe Systems but donated to Shuttleworth Collection). Cancelled - ground conditions unsuitable for take-off
Jet ProvostBAC Jet Provost T MK5A G-JPVA XW289 (G-JPVA Ltd). Cancelled - unserviceable
Republic P-47 ThunderboltRepublic P-47 Thunderbolt G-THUN 'Nellie B' (Fighter Aviation Engineering) (was to have been a substitute for the Jet Provost)
Blackburn MomoplaneBlackburn Monoplane Type ‘D’ (Shuttleworth Collection). Cancelled - fabric being renewed.
Bleriot XI* Blériot XI (Shuttleworth Collection). Cancelled - weather conditions unsuitable
Spitfire MkVc AR501Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk Vc G-AWII 'AR501' (Shuttleworth Collection). Cancelled - ground conditions unsuitable for take-off
Sea HurricaneHawker Sea Hurricane Mk 1b G-BKTH 'Z7105' (Shuttleworth Collection) Cancelled - ground conditions unsuitable for take-off
Deperdussin* Deperdussin. Cancelled - weather conditions unsuitable
Piston ProvostHunting (Percival) Piston P.56 Provost T.1 G-KAPW (Shuttleworth Collection)
de Havilland Puss Moth (P&A Wood). Cancelled
* These aircraft only fly if the conditions are perfect

Season Premiere

1st May 2022

English Electric Wren

English Electric Wren at the 2022 Shuttleworth Season Premiere

The first major airshow of the year got the season off to a cracking start with highlights in abundance.

The list of special moments would have to include a rare appearance of the Lancaster at Old Warden. The BBMF were very generous with their interpretation of 'flypast' and made two display passes with lots of topside as well as a fly-through, giving everyone a great chance to enjoy a favourite, seldom seen at airshows in recent years.

Also on the highlights list must be the first UK public outing for Arnaldo Leon's diminutive Ryan STM, taken aloft by Scott Butler, and displays by the Edwardians. Despite the tricky weather earlier in the day, conditions improved to 'marginal', which enabled no fewer than three of them to take to the skies. After several attempts, the Avro Triplane agreed to start, Willy Hackett making several passes before giving way to the English Electric Wren. Richard Crockett took the Wren higher and further than most people have seen it for a very long time, a truly impressive dual pilot and aircraft performance. Third in the trio of Edwardians was the Bristol Boxkite.

In the interests of balance, it has to be said that there were a couple of disappointments, too. The list of aircraft had been reduced prior to the show and more losses were announced just before proceedings began. But the highlights, including the late addition of the Anson, far outweighed the negatives. The one thing that could have helped make the day more enjoyable, especially for the families, would have been better weather. The rain that had been forecast earlier in the week failed to materialize but the chilly breeze was persistent for most of the afternoon and the characterless cloud presented a rather drab backdrop. So if the organisers could do a sun and warmth dance next time, as well as a no-rain dance, that would be great.

The show opened with a display by the Catalina, flown by Derek Head. The large hulk made its usual great impression, with a series of passes showing its various configurations. After some debate before the show began, it had been agreed that the Catalina would display and land. However, during the demonstration of the gear-down set-up, the starboard wheel refused to deploy. Consequently, instead of landing, the Catalina returned to base at nearby Duxford where, we were later advised, the Cat landed safely. The commentator quipped that the resolution came following the judicious use of a hammer! This has since been repeated as fact. However, this was a light hearted remark and not to be taken seriously: the gear can be lowered manually but this was not necessary as the problem resolved itself and the gear operated normally on approach to Duxford.

There are some types of displays that visitors can enjoy at Old Warden but that are rarely seen elsewhere. One such is the vintage gliders. At the Premiere , the Fauvel AV36 'tailess glider' drew gentle red patterns over Old Warden and, later, Richard Crockett took the EON Primary for a slightly more rapid descent. Whilst the gliders were gaining height, Paul Shakespeare entertained in the Comper Swift whilst the Fauvel reached display readiness and Claire Tector performed a wonderful routine in the Southern Martlet.

Something the Shuttleworth shows are really good at is combination flying. There were plenty of combos at the Premier, amongst which probably the most eagerly awaited, and best enjoyed, was the Sea Hurricane 1B, flown by John Hurrell, with the Seafire Mk XVII SX336 flown by Lt Cdr Chris Gotke. The Seafire, now part of the Navy Wings Heritage Flight, had not made a public display since 2015. It had been undergoing extensive refurbishment by Kennet Aviation, who are based at Old Warden, so it seemed appropriate that its first outing was in company with fellow Old Warden resident, the Collection's own Sea Hurricane.

Other outstanding combinations were the Magister pair flown by Chris Huckstep and Chris Bramwell; the Sopwith Pup with the Avro 504 and the less rare pairing of Shuttleworth's de Havilland DH88 Comet and Percival Mew Gull. (... continued below the pictures and information boxes)


Navy Wings Supermarine Seafire


Catalina with only port wheel deployed

Sopwith Pup and Avro 504

Sopwith Pup and Avro 504

Avro Anson

Avro Anson

Pilot Chat

Dodge Bailey gave the Pilot's chat on the SE5a. You can view the Dodge Bailey SE5a chat on Shuttleworth's YouTube channel.

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.

The Avro Anson has been part of several such combinations at past Shuttleworth shows: duos with the Blenheim and with the Lancaster come immediately to mind. At the Season Premiere, the Anson had the skies to itself, celebrating its transfer from BAe Systems and making its first public display in Shuttleworth ownership.

This was the first of ten airshows being organised by the Shuttleworth Collection this year and the first to use the new entry off the B658 on the opposite side of the airfield to the previous entrance. The new access road provides plenty of queueing space for visitors who arrive early or at peak times, without blocking the local roads. Some people had clearly ignored, or not noticed, the diversion signs and had to be redirected but regulars will soon get used to the new arrangements which appear to have plenty of benefits. Strangely, there did not seem to be the usual efficiency with redirecting cars from the access road into the airfield, nor with the checking arrangements or zapping of tickets but no doubt this will come. There were also a few gripes that those who queued the longest didn't get in first but again, as this is a new feature, it may take a tiny while to bed in. All in all it appeared to be a sensible change that has the potential to benefit visitors and will certainly benefit local road users.

The Shuttleworth Collection appear to be investing substantially in making the venue the best it can be for visitors whilst reducing inconvenience to residents and businesses in the area. They have clearly focussed on improvements to the infrastructure as well as building the collection. And it is the visitors who are reaping the rewards, with a season of regular and varied airshows right through until October.


BBMF Lancaster

Visiting Aircraft
BBMF LancasterLancaster 'PA474 Leader' (BBMF), flypast
Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A G-PBYA: Catalina Society 'Plane Sailing'Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (Plane Sailing)
Miles Magister N3788Miles Magister G-AKPF 'N3788' (David Bramwell)
Spartan 7W ExecutiveSpartan 7W Executive (N Pickard)
Boeing Stearman, Kennet AviationBoeing Stearman (Kennet Aviation)
Seafire Mk XVII. Navy WingsSupermarine Seafire 17 (Navy Wings)
North American T6 TexanNorth American AT-T6-NT Texan T6 G-KAMY '285068' (Kennet Aviation)
Ryan STMRyan STM (Arnaldo Leon)
Avro Anson in Coningsby coloursAvro C19 Anson G-AHKX in RAF Coningsby colours (was BAe Systems but donated to Shuttleworth Collection)
Fauvel GliderFauvel AV-36 Glider
Comper SwiftComper CLA7 Swift G-ACTF (Shuttleworth Collection)
DH88 CometDH88 Comet, Shuttleworth Collection
Mew GullPercival Mew Gull G-AEXF (Shuttleworth Collection)
Avro 504Avro 504K G-ADEV (Old Warden Resident)
Avro TutorAvro Tutor G-AHSA 'K3241'(Old Warden resident)
Spitfire MkVc G-AWII AR501Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk Vc G-AWII 'AR501' (Shuttleworth Collection)
Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk 1b G-BKTH Z7105/7-L: Shuttleworth CollectionHawker Sea Hurricane Mk Ib G-BKTH Z7105/7-L (Shuttleworth Collection)
Miles MagisterMiles Magister 'P6382' G-AJRS (Shuttleworth Collection)
Gloster Gladiator Mk IGloster Gladiator Mk 1 G-AMRK 'K7985' (Shuttleworth Collection)
Sopwith TriplaneSopwith Triplane replica 'N6290 Dixie ll': Shuttleworth Collection
Sopwith PupSopwith Pup '1297' (Shuttleworth Collection)
Bristol F2bBristol F2.b (Shuttleworth Collection)
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5aRAF SE5A G-EBIA (Shuttleworth Collection))
Schneider SF38 (EoN Primary): Shuttleworth CollectionEon Primary Glider (Shuttleworth Collection)
Southern MartletSouthern Martlett (Shuttleworth Collection)
English Electric WrenEnglish Electric Wren
Bristol BoxkiteBristol Boxkite (Shuttleworth Collection)
Avro TriplaneAvro Triplane replica G-ARSG (Shuttleworth Collection)
Previously listed but did not fly
Westland Lysander
Blackburn B2
Waco YKS-7 (David Peters)
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a (Tom Harris)
Tiger Mothde Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth G-ANKT 'K2585' (Shuttleworth Collection) (technical problem)
Sopwith Camel reproduction (technical problem)
Spitfire Mk IXB MH434Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXb G-ASJV MH434 (Merlin Aviation / Old Flying Machine Company) (technical problem)
Magister Pair

Miles Magister pair

Shuttleworth Season Premiere at Old Warden

2nd May 2021



Shuttleworth-based Anson with Blenheim at 2019 Premiere

The Shuttleworth Collection welcomed the new season with the first of its ten shows in 2021. The Shuttleworth Season Premiere is the first major show in the UK following the change to a later date of the Abingdon Air and Country Show and the cancellation of Duxford's April Flying Day.

Three visiting aircraft were originally listed. These were David Bramwell's Magister, Plane Sailing's Catalina and Ultimate Warbirds' Thunderbolt. The Thunderbolt was later cancelled and two BBMF Spitfires were added so there were 5 visitors in the early lists. These joined aircraft from the Shuttleworth Collection, originally 23 but reduced to 22 following the withdrawal of the Sea Hurricane. The locally-based aircraft included 5 Edwardians whose displays, as always, were dependent on perfect weather. The latest published list is in the table.

2021 Drive-in and Pedestrian Format

New arrangements enabled pedestrians, others without a car and small groups to attend shows at Old Warden.

Groups were able to choose between a 5Mx5M car or family box (£10); a 2.5M x 5M box for up to two people, who may also have cycles or motorcycles (£5); and a 4.5M×8M box for larger vehicles (£20).

Everyone also needed an airshow ticket.

Aircraft due to fly
PBY-5A Catalina
Republic P-47 ThunderboltRepublic P47 Thunderbolt 'Nellie' CANCELLED
Supermarine Spitfire TE311 (BBMF)
Supermarine Spitfire (BBMF) (unspecified)
Hispano HA-1112 Buchon G-AWHK 'Yellow 10' (ARC)
Miles MagisterMiles Magister 'N3788' (David Bramwell)
North American T-6 Harvard (James Brown)
Sea Fury T.20Hawker Sea Fury T.20 (Navy Wings) CANCELLED following a forced landing near RNAS Yeovilton after engine problems on April 28
Hawker Sea Hurricane: Shuttleworth Collection CANCELLED
Comper Swift
DH82a Tiger Moth, Shuttleworth Collection
Avro Tutor: Shuttleworth Collection
Gloster Gladiator: Shuttleworth Collection
ChipmunkDHC Chipmunk T.22 (Shuttleworth Collection)
Hunting (Percival) Piston Provost T.1
Spitfire MkVc G-AWIISupermarine Spitfire Mk Vc G-AWII 'AR501' (Shuttleworth Collection)
Miles Magister 'P6382' G-AJRS (Shuttleworth Collection)
Westland Lysander
Polikarpov PO2 (Shuttleworth Collection)
Avro 504K (Old Warden Resident)
Sopwith Camel reproduction (Shuttleworth Collection)
Sopwith Pup (Shuttleworth Collection)
Sopwith Triplane replica
Bristol M.1C, Shuttleworth Collection
Bristol F.2b (Shuttleworth Collection)
English Electric Wren
Southern Martlet (Shuttleworth Collection)
de Havilland DH88 Comet, Shuttleworth Collection
Fauvel AV-36 Glider, Shuttleworth Collection
Schneider Eon Primary, Shuttleworth Collection
Miles Hawk Speed Six
de Havilland DH51
Bleriot X1Blériot XI (Shuttleworth Collection) *
Deperdussin *
Blackburn Monoplane Type ‘D’ *
Bristol Boxkite (Shuttleworth Collection) *
Avro Triplane replica G-ARSG (Shuttleworth Collection) *
* The Edwardians only display when weather conditions are perfect.

Shuttleworth Season Premiere at Old Warden

May 5th 2019


Shuttleworth's Lysander at Old Warden

As has become traditional at Shuttleworth airshows, there was a theme to the Season Premiere. Not every aircraft has to fit into the theme but it does give a focus for several displays and an incentive to introduce some new ones. This time the theme was 'War in Indo-China' providing the opportunity to showcase several aircraft associated with that theatre, especially Vietnam. Several flying displays supported this theme as did two of the static displays; Westland Bell 47 helicopter G-MASH, representing the type of medical evacuation helicopter made famous in the TV series about the Korean War surgical unit, and a Cessna Bird Dog liaison and observation aircraft, much used by the US Army in Vietnam.

The themed flying displays were not collected into a single display or even into a single segment of the afternoon but interspersed with other displays through the afternoon. The first of the themed displays was the Bronco, which left its slot on the crowdline to provide a vigorous demonstration of the aircraft's versitility and the pilot, Tony de Bruyn, showing every angle of this unique aircraft. The Dakota and Catalina, too, left the crowdline for their displays. The Bronco, Dakota and Catalina had been just over the fence on the liveside of the crowdline, the latter two being open for visitors to enjoy rare chance to board: the Dakota for £2 and the Catalina for £5 per person or £10 per family. As well as the static 'Mash' helicopter, the flying display included another helicopter associated with the conflicts in Indo-Chino: the UH-1H Huey and a Cessna 0-1 'BirdDog' flying first with a Piper L-4 Grasshopper and then solo.

Aircraft due to fly
Lysander (Shuttleworth) (flew solo)
Lysander (ARC) cancelled-technical problem
PBY-5A Catalina
Douglas C-47 Skytrain / DC3 Dakota "Aces High"
Cessna Bird Dog
Piper L-4J Grasshopper
Spitfire MkVc G-AWIISupermarine Spitfire Mk Vc G-AWII 'AR501' ²
Hawker Hurricane P3717 ²
Sea Hurricane ²
DH82aTiger Moth ²
Blackburn B2 ²
Gloster Gladiator ²
Southern Martlett ²
Desouter G-AAPZ ² cancelled - technical problem
DH51 ‘Miss Kenya’ ²
Piston Provost ²
Chipmunk ²
Sopwith Camel ²
Sopwith Triplane ²
Avro 504K ²
Bristol M1C ²
Dragon Rapide ²
Eon Primary ²
Comet (late substitute for Edwardians)
Mew Gull (late substitute for Edwardians)
¹Bleriot ² cancelled - conditions
¹Deperdussin ² cancelled - conditions
¹Blackburn Monoplane ² cancelled - conditions
¹Bristol Boxkite ² cancelled - conditions
¹Avro Triplane ² cancelled - techncial problem
Once scheduled but de-listed before the day
Albatros (WW1 Aviation) no longer listed
Avro Anson (Shuttleworth)
Hawker Demon ² no longer listed
SE5a (Privately Owned) ² no longer listed
Parnall Elf ² no longer listed
As well as most of the display aircraft, the following will be amongst the static displays, but not flying
Bell 47 G-MASH
A second Cessna Bird Dog (in addition to the 1 flying)
All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints
¹Appearances by the Edwardians subject to optimal weather conditions, including very light or no wind.
² Based at Old Warden. Most, but not all, are part of the Shuttleworth Collection

Most of the displays did not sit inside the theme but were a mixture of family and Shuttleworth favourites. The show opened with a display by Flight Lieutenant Andy Preece of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Mk XVI Spitfire TE311. Although only a short display, every one of the three passes provided a glorious topside.

During the rest of the show there was a fair splattering of the usual Shuttleworth favourites and, in Shuttleworth style, many started with combinations in formation. Some combinations were traditional, such as Spitfire AR501 with the Hurricanes; others more novel, such as the only flying DeHavilland DH51 in the world with the Southern Martlett.

The first airshow of the season at Old Warden will have pleased many Shuttleworth loyalists, who will always be unerringly effusive in their praise, but there were disappointments for those who keep an open mind and judge shows on their individual merit. Shuttleworth aficionados may overlook anything that didn't go quite right but, to be balanced, it has to be accepted that there were a few disappointments. The first was the cancellation of the Albatros. To be fair, it was never on the final list for the show, but it was on the provisional list and many will have regretted that it never made it through to the final schedule. However, the change that disappointed most of all was the cancellation of ARC's Lysander on the morning of the show. The highlight for many at this opening show of the Shuttleworth season would have been to see the two Lysanders in the air as a pair. Although the Shuttleworth Lysander is a regular at local shows, the one from ARC had not flown for over 70 years until John Romain took it for an inaugural post-restoration flight last August. The aircraft was serviceable on the previous day but evidently developed a technical fault that prevented its transit to Old Warden and subsequent display. The novel sight of a pair of Lysanders was a draw for many, indeed the reason many some visitors chose the show over the Abingdon Air and Country Show held on the same day, and the regret was palpable as the announcement was made.

The flying list has been updated to reflect what actually flew at the show.

Shuttleworth Season Premiere & RAF Centenary

May 6th 2018

Lancaster and Anson

BBMF's Lancaster and BAe Systems Anson

Shuttleworth's first show of the season established a trend for 2018 by celebrating the centenary of the RAF. There were plenty of vintage aircraft with RAF connections - and a modern one, too.

The star of the show for many would have been the debut public display of the Collection's Mk Vc Spitfire, whose engines ran on 25 April last year for the first time in 12 years. Unfortunately that display, although forecast by the Collection, was not possible because the recent wet weather had made airfield conditions unsuitable for the Spitfire to complete its flight testing schedule.

There was, nevertheless, a wealth of other resident aircraft in the flying display, with possibly the broadest selection in terms of age range of any of the RAF100 shows, ranging from three of their Edwardians, including the Blackburn 2, the oldest British-built aircraft still flying, through to some of the Collection's post-war examples.

Visiting aircraft included the Avro Lancaster, which flew on its own and with the BAe systems Anson; the Bristol Blenheim, a brace of Spitfires and, perhaps more surprisingly for Old Warden, a relatively rare appearance by a jet, in the form of the season public debut by the RAF Typhoon, which opened the show.

Display aircraft are listed in the table.

Resident Aircraft
Spitfire MkVc G-AWIISupermarine Spitfire Mk Vc (Cancelled)
Bleriot X1Blériot XI (didn't fly)
Avro Triplane
Bristol Boxkite
Deperdussin (didn't fly)
Blackburn Monoplane Type ‘D’
Sopwith Pup (didn't fly)
Sopwith Triplane (didn't fly)
Bristol F2.b
Avro 504K
Sopwith Camel
Hawker Tomtit
Avro 621 Tutor
DH82a Tiger Moth
Blackburn B2
Miles MagisterMiles Magister 'N3788'
Hawker Demon
Gloster Gladiator (didn't fly)
Westland Lysander
Miles Magister 'P6382' G-AJRS (didn't fly)
Hawker Sea Hurricane 1B
Hawker Hurricane Mk ll 'P3717' (late addition)
Avro Anson in RAF Coningsby coloursAvro C19 Anson
ChipmunkDHC Chipmunk T.22
Hunting (Percival) Piston Provost T.1
Visiting Aircraft
Typhoon (RAF)
Avro Lancaster (BBMF)
Supermarine Spitfire TE311 (BBMF) (late addition)
Bristol Blenheim
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXb MH434 G-ASJV
Supermarine Spitfire Mk1 N3200 G-CFGJ
Scottish Aviation Bulldog
Slingsby T21Slingsby T.21 'WB935'
EoN OlympiaEoN Olympia
Radar KiteRadar Kite
Additionally there were more aircraft on static display that are not flying during the show

On the ground there were plenty of static aircraft, especially along the crowd line and beyond the air traffic control tower as well as four cockpits including a Buccaneer; a Tomahawk Flight simulator and pedal planes provided by the Joystick Club. Gliders were well represented by a static air cadet glider, a UK Junior Gliding stand and Glider and BGA gliding simulator.

Live music came from Betty Bluebird, there were the usual vintage bus rides and a veteran and vintage vehicle parade just inside the crowd line. The very popular pilot chat was on the Collection's newly restored Supermarine Mk V Spitfire, AR501.

For the young of all ages, there was Shuttleworth's usual and very popular opportunity to make and paint models in one of the hangars or, if you prefer your models ready-made, there was a display of Model aircraft representing 100 years of the RAF. The models were available for viewing throughout and also flew before the main displays.

The House was open from 10 a.m. and the Swiss Gardens were open for wondering throughout the event.

Shuttleworth Season Première Airshow

7th May 2017

DH88 Comet

A Shuttleworth favourite, the DH88 Comet

The first Shuttleworth Collection airshow of the year is usually the second major show of the season, following the Abingdon Air and Country Show. In 2017 the order was reversed, so the Shuttleworth Collection Season Première was not just the première for Old Warden, but the première major airshow in the UK.

Forecasts of grey cloud, cold temperatures and northerly winds may have reduced the number of casual airshow fans but, although the clouds did cluster periodically, blue skies and some sunshine rewarded the many who trusted the weather gods rather than the weather forecasters and came to Old Warden to satisfy their appetite for classic flying that had built up over the winter.

In the air highlights fell into two groups. The first was a public show debut and a welcome return: the debut of Peter Vacher's gorgeous DH Leopard Moth G-ACMA flown by Keith Dennison and the return after three year of the Sopwith Triplane replica 'Dixie II', which took majestic command of the skies in the care of Chief Pilot Dodge Bailey. There should have been a second debut, in the form of the collection's Sopwith Camel, but this was pulled from the flying schedule just a couple of weeks before the event. It could, nevertheless, be seen on the ground.

(tap / hover over icon for more detail)
Arrow Active
Calidus Autogyro
Dragon Rapide
Leopard Moth
Mew Gull (Replica)
Miles Magister
Spitfire Mk 1
ANEC, Shuttleworth Collection
Avro 504K, Shuttleworth Collection
Avro Triplane, Shuttleworth Collection
Blackburn Monoplane Type D, Shuttleworth Collection
Bristol Boxkite, Shuttleworth Collection
Bristol F2b, Shuttleworth Collection
Bristol M1C, Shuttleworth Collection
Comper Swift, Shuttleworth Collection
Deperdussin, Shuttleworth Collection
DH60X Moth, Shuttleworth Collection
DH88 Comet, Shuttleworth Collection
Eon Primary, Shuttleworth Collection
Fauvel Glider, Shuttleworth Collection
Gloster Gladiator, Shuttleworth Collection
Hawker Cygnet, Shuttleworth Collection
Hawker Cygnet (Replica), Shuttleworth Collection
Hawker Demon, Shuttleworth Collection
Hawker Hurricane R4118, Shuttleworth Collection
Hawker Sea Hurricane, Shuttleworth Collection
Mew Gull, Shuttleworth Collection
Miles Magister Miles Magister, Shuttleworth Collection
Polikarpov PO2, Shuttleworth Collection
SE5a, Shuttleworth Collection
Sopwith Camel, Shuttleworth Collection CANCELLED
Sopwith Pup, Shuttleworth Collection
Sopwith Triplane, Shuttleworth Collection
Westland Lysander, Shuttleworth Collection

The second group of highlights were the combinations that Shuttleworth always does so well. Amongst them, favourites were the Leopard Moth with the Hawker Tomtit; a larger group of the Mk 1 Spitfire, Sea Hurricane & Mk 1 Hurricane R4118 and the inter-war racers; Shuttleworth's DH88 Comet which flew a number of formation passes with the Collection's Mew Gull and the visiting Mew Gull replica, before reforming into a tail-chase and then solo displays.

A late addition to the programme was a flypast by Parky (Flight Lieutenant Antony Parkinson ) the BBMF's Spitfire TE311. The aircraft is still undergoing its repaint but still looked resplendent in its black undercoat. Another Spitfire to grace the Old Warden skies was the IWM's Mk 1a N3200; this example put through its full paces with the master, John Romain, behind the stick.

A list of the aircraft scheduled to fly is in the table.

As well as the flying programme, on the ground there was a selection from Shuttleworth’s motor collection supplemented by a few visitors. Ground entertainment included live music from Perfect Vintage, a chance to chat with one of the pilots and a flight training simulator by Biggleswade Air Squadron. Airfix Make and Paint offered free model making for the young at heart of all ages.

New for 2017 was an educational entertainment tent, in conjunction with Coventry University, with a flat screen flight simulator, drones and careers advice for anyone interested in aircraft engineering. Visitors were also able to ride a vintage bus to the house throughout the morning and to visit the Swiss Gardens.

Overview of the Season Premiere Airshow, 2016

Anson and Blenheim

Avro Anson and Bristol Blenheim at the Season Premiere 2016

The first Shuttleworth Collection airshow of 2016 featured some heavyweights. One of the big themes was going to be bombers, but when the Lancaster became unserviceable and Sally B was not ready for the new season, it changed to heavy aircraft more generally.

The Red Arrows, at Old Warden for the first time in 30 years, and the Bristol Blenheim were amongst the visitors, joining resident heavyweights including the superb Lysander as the Shuttleworth Collection opened its new season of airshows with a sell-out première.

This was the first show at Old Warden since the interim safety changes resulting from the investigation into the Shoreham incident and the implications were immediately clear. On the audience side of the original barrier, a new fence announced the increase in the separation between the crowd and the display. An adjustment, too, in the display line meant, between the two changes, the doubling of the separation for the slowest aircraft to 150 metres and increased separation from faster displays to 230 metres. The fence had not moved very much; most of the extra distance being achieved by moving the display line.

There were howls of protest in advance of the imposition of these new rules and prophesies of consequential doom for airshows generally. In practice, although the aircraft did seem further away, noticeably for those who attend shows frequently, the change may not have had the same impact for the irregular attender, less familiar with the old distances and consequently less likely to make the direct comparison.

Flying schedule   (tap / hover over icon for more detail)
Red Arrows (RAF)
Bristol Blenheim
Avro Anson (Shuttleworth Collection)
Polikarpov PO2 (Shuttleworth Collection)
Sea Hurricane 1b (Shuttleworth Collection)
Fieseler Storch (Shuttleworth Collection)
Westland Lysander (Shuttleworth Collection)
Global Stars
Calidus Autogyro
Hawker Hurricane R4118
Hawker Demon (Shuttleworth Collection)
Sopwith Pup (Shuttleworth Collection) cancelled - wind too strong
Bristol M1C (Shuttleworth Collection) cancelled - wind too strong
RAF SE5A (Shuttleworth Collection)
Bristol F2.b (Shuttleworth Collection)
Avro 504k (Shuttleworth Collection) cancelled - wind too strong
Curtiss P-40M Kittyhawk (Hangar 11)
Lunak Glider
Fauvel AV-36 Glider (Shuttleworth Collection)
Mew Gull (Shuttleworth Collection) cancelled - wind too strong
DH88 Comet (Shuttleworth Collection) cancelled - wind too strong
Tiger Moth (Shuttleworth Collection)
Ryan STA Ryan STA (Shuttleworth Collection)
Miles Magister (Shuttleworth Collection)
Blackburn B2 (Shuttleworth Collection)
Avro Triplane (Shuttleworth Collection) cancelled - wind too strong
Bristol Boxkite (Shuttleworth Collection) cancelled - wind too strong
Blackburn Monoplane (Shuttleworth Collection) cancelled - wind too strong
Deperdussin (Shuttleworth Collection) cancelled - wind too strong
Dakota (BBMF - flypast only) cancelled - oil leak
Previously listed but cancelled before the event
B-17 Sally B incomplete pre-season preparations
Tiger 9 formation team (9 Tiger Moths)
Avro Lancaster (BBMF) overrunning maintenance
Mustang Jumpin' Jacques
Gloster Gladiator
The Edwardians did not fly because of a strong cross-wind

Nevertheless, the distance change was noticeable for the regular show-goer, more so in some displays than others. This early in the season it is apparent that there are different interpretations of the rules and, as an infringement may cause pilots to lose their authority to display, some are being extra cautious. The new regulations specify distances that are, in effect, starting points, which individual pilots, teams and venues can seek to alter. This early in the season everyone involved was feeling their way a little bit, and being very careful not to offend the rules or the people enforcing them, aware that their every move would be watched by the authorities. Hopefully, visitors will not have been so put off by the new distances, both horizontal and vertical, that they will abandon support for future shows. The new regulations have to settle down. When they do, and when everyone gets a better feel for how they can be interpreted, and how they can be modified, the intimacy of Old Warden will surely return.

In the meantime, and although the greater display heights and distances could be noticed, most of the aircraft were still close enough to enjoy. It may have been the pilots, rather than the crowd, who felt the changes more, as they had to fly a less familiar, less easily followed, and possibly less comfortable display line, flying over a variety of trees, hedges and even buildings, whereas the traditional line was mostly above a safe, clearly defined runway. On the day after the show Mark Jefferies, world champion aerobatic pilot and one of the Global Stars, tweeted "It's hard to fly to the new lines that's for sure".

It was not only the new regulations but also the weather that caused changes to the displays. Although a bright and glorious sunshiny day, there were strong crosswinds, which were too much for many of the older aircraft, including the Edwardians and inter-war racers that had been scheduled to display.

It was the inaugural public display of the year for the Red Arrows, so their many fans had their first chance to see several new formations including the 'Wall' arrival formation and 'Tornado', celebrating that aircraft's 25 years of operational service. Last year's Revolution has also been renamed for the 2016 season as the 'Winkle Rolls' in honour of the late Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown, who held the world record for flying the greatest number of different types of aircraft - 487 - but had died in the previous February.

Because of the proximity of Old Warden to the Luton flightpath, and without height clearance from air traffic control, the Red Arrows were restricted to a rolling display, despite the clear skies. However, the main display limitation came when a stray Gazelle helicopter wandered into their protected airspace. The Hawks were forced to retreat and reform, returning with enough time and fuel just for a break to finish. [Update: on 9th August 2016, Mr Kane pleaded guilty at Luton Magistrates Court to 2 offences - inadequate preparation for a flight and entering restricted airspace - and was fined £2,500 with £500 costs. His licence had been suspended between the date of the offence and the hearing].


There are lots more photos of the show on our photo page.

The show's full flying list is in the table and will not be repeated here, but of special note are the combinations that the organisers of the Old Warden airshows are so good at assembling. One such displayed the recently arrived new Shuttleworth resident, Hurricane R4118, alongside its older sister, the Hawker Demon and the Gloster Gladiator. Another showcased an trainer foursome: the Blackburn B2, Tiger Moth, Miles Magister and Ryan ST-A and there was a unique pairing of the Shuttleworth-based Avro Anson with the Bristol Blenheim. It also was good to see a different four-ship aerobatic team. The Global Stars had been due to display at Abingdon, but a commitment in India forced them to cancel. They returned in time for the Shuttleworth Premiere, flying a variety of Extras each piloted by a British aerobatic champion and sporting a synchronised pulsating smoke system.

On the ground the Shuttleworth Collection's Jowett and A B C Motorcycle featured amongst visiting vehicles including a 1941 White M3 Half Track PFO 220, 1942 Dodge WC56 Command Car, 1942 Ford GPW, two GMC CCKW lorries, 1945 Willys MB Jeep and 1942 Ford GPW Jeep. As usual for the venue, the vehicles were on static display and also paraded along the crowdline before the flying displays began.

There was also live music from Perfect Vintage and four flightline tours half-hourly between 10.00 and 11.30, whilst the young at heart, of all ages, got a chance to 'make and paint', absolutely free, with Airfix & IPMS Brampton.

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 9DX but, as with all shows, ignore the sat nav in favour of local show signs as soon as you see them.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Weather for the Old Warden area

UK Met Office Forecast

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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.

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Car parking is free and does not have to be booked. If you need a blue badge space (also free), this needs to be mentioned when you book entry tickets


Gates open 9.00
Flying starts about 14.00
Flying ends about 17.00


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Photos taken at earlier airshows at Old Warden