varied and fitting tribute to the aircraft and personnel of
the Royal Navy"
the 2016 airshow season barely underway, Old Warden Airfield,
home of the Shuttleworth collection was already hosting its
2nd major event of the year. Having previously delivered the
highly acclaimed Season Premiere, it was now the turn of the
Royal Navy to take centre spotlight with the airfields first
ever Fly Navy day, recognising 100 years of Naval aviation.
Those of you already familiar with the Shuttleworth collection
will be well aware of the 50 plus vintage aircraft housed at
the venue, all of which are kept in prime flyable condition.
Amongst the home collection are many unique specimens such as
the famous Percival Mew Gull and the immaculate Hawker Sea Hurricane
which was to be kept busy on the day performing a number of
flypasts with both visitors and regulars.
arrived early, which gave me the chance to browse the stationary
aircraft in the hangars and around the airfield. Today the static
display was enhanced by a visiting Westland Merlin HM2 and a
Lynx HMA8 both from active Naval stations at Culdrose and Yeovilton
respectively. There were flight line tours available for anyone
who wants to undertake a detailed inspection, but even without
this there is nowhere else on the circuit where the public can
get so close to the flying aircraft.
vintage vehicle parade at 12pm kicked off the proceedings featuring
a range of visiting bikes, cars and buses mixed in with a selection
of the collections historic transports including an Ariel Motorcycle
and anMG TA Midget previously owned by Richard Shuttleworth.
2pm the early morning mist had long since dispersed to reveal
beautiful blue skies, setting the scene perfectly for the arrival
of the first flying display and the only jet-propelled aircraft;
the De Havilland Sea Vixen FAW2. Initially accompanied by the
Collections Hawker Sea Hurricane 1B, which quickly peeled away
to allow the Vixen to undertake her demonstration. Due to airspace
restrictions we only got to witness the ‘flat’ display,
but the majesty and power of Britain’s fastest privately
owned jet was apparent.