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Shuttleworth Airshow.

Shuttleworth History
The Shuttleworth collection at Old Warden was founded in 1928 by Richard Shuttleworth. The fortunate son of a wealthy land-owning family, he had access to the space required to build workshops, a hangar and a small grass aerodrome. In the twenties and thirties he obtained early cars and aeroplanes and began restoring them. His cars participated in the annual Brighton runs and his aeroplanes flew regularly at air displays.

In 1932 he bought his first aeroplane, a De Havilland Moth which was 4 years old at the time but is now part of the Shuttleworth collection. He used the Moth as his regular fly-about and for journeys between Old Warden and Brooklyn. Richard Shuttleworth was also a successful racing driver. He was based at Brooklands where he had his original workshop. He participated in events in many parts of the continent and even as far afield as South Africa in 1936 where he had a serious accident which ended his racing career.

All activities at Old Warden stopped on the outbreak of war in 1939 and the aircraft and vehicles were stored away. Richard joined the Royal Air Force to qualify as a Service pilot. Sadly he was killed in a flying accident in 1940 while flying in a Fairey Battle light bomber. Old Warden was used for dismantling, assembling and flight-testing various types in RAF service. These included Proctors, Harvards, and Magisters.

After the War, Mrs Dorothy Shuttleworth, OBE, founded the Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth Remembrance Trust in her son's memory, to provide an educational centre for the teaching of the science and practice of aviation and agriculture. The agriculture side is handled by the nearby Shuttleworth Agricultural College built around the original family house. School children visit the collection every year to learn about the background of aviation and transport.

In the seventies, two new hangars and workshops were built and by 1979, engine and machine shops and bonded stores had been constructed. In 1980, another hangar was built to provide space for the increase in displayed material, and in 1982 a hangar was built to house aeroplanes of De Havilland origin. There has also been expansions to the aircraft manoeuvring area of the aerodrome to provide a capability for operating heavier and faster aircraft on this all-grass aerodrome.

For the 2000 season a new longer runway of 1,200m was made which enabled aircraft such as the DH88 Comet to be flown from Old Warden. The aerodrome's name has also been changed from Old Warden (Biggleswade) to Shuttleworth (Old Warden).



Shuttleworth 2017 Airshows
Shuttleworth Airshow.

Old Warden in Bedfordshire is home to the Shuttleworth collection. This collection spans from the early pioneering aircraft up to World War II. Some of the early aircraft include the Bleriot type XI which is identical to the one which first crossed the English channel in 1909, and the Bristol Boxkite which was built for the film "Those magnificent men in their flying machines".

The collection also includes World War I aircraft such as the Avro 504k, Sopwith Pup, Bristol F.2b and S.E.5a. Later aircraft include the D.H. Tiger Moth, Avro Tutor, Gloster Gladiator, Hawker Hurricane, and Supermarine Spitfire. During an airshow, warbirds and even modern military aircraft are flown in to supplement the collection.

This venue offers an excellent opportunity to take some good photographs of the aircraft. Old Warden has several airshows throughout the summer and is well worth a visit.

Shuttleworth 2017 Airshows & smaller events:

Sunday 7 May - Season Premiere
Saturday 20 May - Classic Evening Airshow
Sunday 4 June - Fly Navy
Saturday 17 June - Classic Evening Airshow
Sunday 2 July - Military Pageant
Saturday 15 July - Evening Airshow WW1
Sunday 30 July - DH Moth Club Fly In
Sunday 6 August - Edwardian Pageant
Saturday 19 August - Flying Proms
Sunday 3 September - Heritage Day
Sunday 1 October - Race Day (Season Finale)

The main Shuttleworth airshows are highlighted above.




2017 Shuttleworth Airshows:

Sunday 7 May 2017 - Shuttleworth Season Premiere

The opening event of the 2017 flying season at Shuttleworth.

Participating aircraft:

Visiting Aircraft
Catalina - Pplane Sailing

Collection Aircraft
TBA


Timings
Gate open: 9am
Flying Display begins: 2pm
End of Display: 6pm

Tickets
Click here for online booking.

Accommodation:
Local hotels for the Shuttleworth Airshow
Local hotels for the Shuttleworth Airshow



Sunday 4 June 2017 - Shuttleworth Fly Navy

Celebrating naval aircraft.

Participating aircraft:

Visiting Aircraft
Sea Vixen
Seafire 3
Seafire 17
Westland Wasp (Terry Martin)
Westland Wasp
Nimrod (Historic Aircraft Collection)
Nimrod (The Fighter Collection)
Morane MS317
T-65 Vega Glider
Fairy Swordfish
Bristol Scout
Grumman Wildcat
Corsair
Grumman Bearcat
Skyraider

Collection Aircraft
Hawker Sea Hurricane
Avro Anson
Dragon Rapide
Hawker Demon
Hawker Hind
Tiger Moth
Miles Magister
Avro Tutor
Chipmunk
DH60 Cirrus Moth
Westland Lysander
Gloster Gladiator
Sopwith Pup
Bristol F2b
Sopwith Triplane
Bristol Boxkite
Avro Triplane


Timings
Gate open: 9am
Flying Display begins: 2pm
End of Display: 6pm

Tickets
Click here for online booking.

Accommodation:
Local hotels for the Shuttleworth Airshow
Local hotels for the Shuttleworth Airshow



Sunday 2 July 2017 - Shuttleworth Military Pageant

Shuttleworth's Military Pageant is dedicated to recognising the contribution of our Armed Forces - past and present.

Participating aircraft:

Visiting Aircraft
TBA

Collection Aircraft
TBA


Timings
Gate open: 9am
Flying Display begins: 2pm
End of Display: 6pm

Tickets
Click here for online booking.

Accommodation:
Local hotels for the Shuttleworth Airshow
Local hotels for the Shuttleworth Airshow



Sunday 6 August 2017 - Shuttleworth Edwardian Pageant

Step back in time at the Edwardian Pageant with a timeless flying display of vintage aircraft.

Participating aircraft:

Visiting Aircraft
TBA

Collection Aircraft
TBA


Timings
Gate open: 9am
Flying Display begins: 2pm
End of Display: 6pm

Tickets
Click here for online booking.

Accommodation:
Local hotels for the Shuttleworth Airshow
Local hotels for the Shuttleworth Airshow



Sunday 3 September 2017 - Shuttleworth Heritage Day

Celebrate the heart of Shuttleworth, past and present.

Participating aircraft:

Visiting Aircraft
TBA

Collection Aircraft
TBA


Timings
Gate open: 9am
Flying Display begins: 2pm
End of Display: 6pm

Tickets
Click here for online booking.

Accommodation:
Local hotels for the Shuttleworth Airshow
Local hotels for the Shuttleworth Airshow



Sunday 1 October 2017 - Shuttleworth Race Day (Season Finale)

Vintage 'mock' air races and the 2nd year of the Shuttleworth Sprint.

Participating aircraft:

Visiting Aircraft
TBA

Collection Aircraft
TBA


Timings
Gate open: 9am
Flying Display begins: 2pm
End of Display: 6pm

Tickets
Click here for online booking.

Accommodation:
Local hotels for the Shuttleworth Airshow
Local hotels for the Shuttleworth Airshow


Ticket Prices:
Please check with official Shuttleworth website for ticket prices and booking.


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