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Shuttleworth (Old Warden) Airshows 2024

Shuttleworth 2024 Airshows

Shuttleworth Airshows 2024.

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 is set in the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside which offers an excellent opportunity to get up close to the aircraft, both on the ground and in the air, and is excellent for photography. Old Warden has several airshows throughout the summer and is well worth a visit.

Shuttleworth 2024 Airshows:

12 May - Best of British Air Show
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25-26 May - Shuttleworth D-Day Weekend
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01 - 02 June - Military Weekend Air Show
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28 - 30 June - Festival of Flight
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20 July - Summer Evening Air Show
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10 - 11 August - Family Weekend
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31 Aug - 01 Sep - Proms Weekend
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06 October - Race Day Air Show
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Shuttleworth 2024 Airshows & Maps

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Shuttleworth Information & Links

About Shuttleworth:
Shuttleworth History
Shuttleworth Dates
Shuttleworth Participating Aircraft

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County: Bedfordshire
Satnav Postcode: SG18 9EA

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Shuttleworth Photographs:
Photographs - May 2019
Photographs - May 2018
Photographs - May 2016
Photographs - August 2010
Photographs - August 2009
Photographs - August 2008
Photographs - August 2007
Photographs - August 2006
Photographs - June 2006
Photographs - September 2005
Photographs - June 2005
Photographs - Various years

General Information:
Radio Frequency - 87.8 "Shuttleworth FM"
Scanner Frequencies
Shuttleworth Discovery App

Official Website:
Official Shuttleworth Website
Official Facebook
Official Twitter

Shuttleworth Collection

UK Airshows 2024:
UK Airshows (England):
Shuttleworth Airshows
Duxford Airshows
Royal International Air Tattoo
Farnborough Airshow
RAF Cosford Airshow
Flying legends Airshow - cancelled
Abingdon Air & Country Show
Midlands Air Festival
Little Gransden Airshow
Airbourne (Eastbourne) Airshow
Southport Airshow
Clacton Airshow
Bournemouth Air Festival
Blackpool Airshow
English Riviera Airshow
Teignmouth Airshow
Headcorn Battle of Britain
Old Buckenham Airshow
East Kirkby Airshow
Sywell Airshow
UK Airshows (Wales):
Wales National Air Show
Rhyl Air Show - cancelled
UK Airshows (Scotland):
International Ayr Show
UK Airshows (Northern Ireland):
NI International Airshow
UK Airshows (Channel Islands):
Jersey International Air Display
Guernsey Air Display
Flypasts/Events 2024:
King's Birthday Flypast

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).

Most UK air shows were cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 Virus but Shuttleworth did manage to put on several 'Drive-in' events which continued in 2021.