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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 2016 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 2016 Airshows & smaller events:

Sunday 8 May - Season Premiere
Saturday 21 May - At home with Shuttleworth
Sunday 5 June - Fly Navy
Saturday 18 June - At home with Shuttleworth
Sunday 3 July - Military Pageant
Saturday 16 July - At home with Shuttleworth
Sunday 7 August - Shuttleworth Edwardian Pageant
Saturday 20 August - Flying Proms
Sunday 4 September - Wings & Wheels
Sunday 2 October - Season Finale

The main airshows are highlighted above.



2016 Shuttleworth Airshows:

Sunday 8 May - Shuttleworth Season Premiere

The event season at Shuttleworth gets underway for 2016 with the 'heavies'.

Participating aircraft:

Visiting Aircraft
Red Arrows
BBMF Lancaster
P51D Mustang (Pete Teichman)
Bristol Blenheim
Global Stars aerobatic team
Calidus (Peter Davis)

Collection Aircraft
Westland Lysander
Avro Anson (BAE)
Polikarpov PO2
Gloster Gladiator
Hawker Sea Hurricane 1b
Hawker Hurricane R4118 (HH)

Timings
Gate open: 9.00
Flying Display begins: 14.00
End of Display: 17.40

Tickets
Adult (on the day) - £28
Adult (online booking) - £22.50
Child under 16 - Free (max 4 per adult)

Click here for online booking.

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



Sunday 5 June - Fly Navy

Fly Navy Day at Shuttleworth celebrating some exciting naval acts.

Participating aircraft:

Visiting Aircraft
Sea Vixen (Provisional)
Skyraider (Provisional)
Seafire 3 (Richard Grace)
Bristol Scout (David Bremner)
Wasp (Terry Martin)
Hawker Nimrod (Guy Black)
Harvard T6 (Kennet Aviation)
BBMF Dakota & Hurricane flypast
Morane (Tony Whitehead)
Chipmunk (RNHF)

Collection Aircraft
Hawker Sea Hurricane 1b
Sopwith Pup
Westland Lysander
Gloster Gladiator
Bristol Boxkite (weather permitting)

Timings
Gate open: 9.00
Flying Display begins: 14.00
End of Display: 17.40

Tickets
Adult (on the day) - £28
Adult (online booking) - £22.50
Child under 16 - Free (max 4 per adult)

Click here for online booking.

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



Sunday 3 July - Military Pageant

This year's Military Pageant at Shuttleworth is going to feature more than a few Hawkers!

Participating aircraft:

Visiting Aircraft
Hawker Hurricane (Guy Black)
Spitfire V (Guy Black)
Spitfire I (IWM)
Spitfire IX MH434 (OFMC)
Spitfire 11 (Pete Teichman)
Buchon (John Romain)
Yak 3 (Mark Davy)
BBMF Lancaster flypast

Collection Aircraft
Hawker Tomtit
Hawker Demon - private
Gloster Gladiator

Timings
Gate open: 9.00
Flying Display begins: 14.00
End of Display: 17.40

Tickets
Adult (on the day) - £28
Adult (online booking) - £22.50
Child under 16 - Free (max 4 per adult)

Click here for online booking.

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



Sunday 7 August - Shuttleworth Edwardian Pageant

Edwardian Pageant at Shuttleworth. Focused on WWI.

Participating aircraft:

Visiting Aircraft
Fokker Triplane (Breighton)
BE2E (WAHT)
Albatros (WAHT)
Sopwith Snipe (WAHT)
Mew Gull (David Beale)
Calidus (Peter Davies)
Bristol Scout (David Bremner)
Tiger 9 formation team
BBMF Spitfire flypast
DH2 (Provisional)
DH9 (Provisional)

Collection Aircraft
WWI

Timings
Gate open: 9.00
Flying Display begins: 14.00
End of Display: 17.40

Tickets
Adult (on the day) - £28
Adult (online booking) - £22.50
Child under 16 - Free (max 4 per adult)

Click here for online booking.

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



Sunday 4 September - Wings & Wheels

Participating aircraft:

Visiting Aircraft
Little and Large
The Blades (aerobatic display team)
CAP 232 (Emily Todd)
Jackaroo (Trish Neville)
DH60G (Mel Saggers)
Turbulent
Stearman (Provisional)
Chilton
Hang Glider aerobatic display
Mew Gull replica (David Beale)
Percival Parade (Provisional)
BBMF Dakota flypast

Collection Aircraft
DH88 Comet
Mew Gull
Westland Lysander

Timings
Gate open: 9.00
Flying Display begins: 14.00
End of Display: 17.40

Tickets
Adult (on the day) - £28
Adult (online booking) - £22.50
Child under 16 - Free (max 4 per adult)

Click here for online booking.

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



Sunday 2 October - Season Finale (Race Day & Roaring Twenties)

Participating aircraft:

Visiting Aircraft
Cassutt (Des Hart)
Shoestring (Trevor Jarvis)
Ballerina (Pete Kynsey)
Cassutt (Mel Saggers)
Calidus (Peter Davies)
Miles Messenger (Matt Boddington)
Spartan Executive
Mew Gull replica (David Beale)
P51D Mustang (Pete Teichman)
Hawk Speed 6
RV7
Chilton (Roy Nerou)
PROVISIONAL – Chilton (Michael Gibbs)
Chilton (David Reid)
Whitney Straight
Vega Gull
Comper Swift (Breighton)
Edge 540 (Kester Scrope)

Collection Aircraft
McRobertson Mock air race
DH88 Comet
Mew Gull

Timings
Gate open: 9.00
Flying Display begins: 14.00
End of Display: 17.40

Tickets
Adult (on the day) - £28
Adult (online booking) - £22.50
Child under 16 - Free (max 4 per adult)

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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