|Shuttleworth Collection Flying Proms - Old Warden, Bedfordshire 14th
Review - The Shuttleworth Collection, based at the all grass Old Warden
Aerodrome in Bedfordshire, UK, held its original Flying Proms evening airshow on
The event, now in its seventh year, sets the displaying
aircraft to live classical music from an orchestra and is described by the
Collection as the “quintessential summer evening.”
Highlights of the show included the 1910 Bristol Boxkite
and 1911 Avro Triplane flying to the music from the film Those Magnificent
Men in their Flying Machines, the two aircraft being replicas actually used
in the film when it was made in 1965.
Both aircraft have been recently overhauled, the Boxkite
being recovered with a man made synthetic material that lasts longer, and is
stronger, than the original organic Irish linen. This alone has made the
aircraft 70lbs lighter.
Old Warden Park is owned by the Richard Ormonde
Shuttleworth Remembrance Trust. The Trust was founded in 1944 by Dorothy
Shuttleworth after her son Richard was killed in a flying accident in the RAF in
1940. The Collection first opened to the public in 1963 and now, seven full
time engineers look after a fleet of 47 airframes. These aircraft, many from
the Edwardian era of aviation, regularly delight crowds from across the globe
with unique air displays every summer, with visitors this year benefiting from a
new £300,000 visitor centre opened in April.
back to airshow photographs from 2004