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The Shuttleworth Collections evening shows are experience we recommend to anyone. They more than any other show at Old Warden bring out the magic of the place with beautiful aircraft displayimg against the sunset skies. Paul Johnson/Flightline UK reports. All photography copyright of author.

The Germans are coming!
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The Great War
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The Circus
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Into the Jet age
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Alvis is alive
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Ryan Pair
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Invited Guests
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Flying Visit
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Dusk Patrol
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On Silver Wings
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The Shuttleworth Collection airshows are always special but none more so than the evening shows. The weather for the first show of the year was almost perfect, though it had also had rather a strange effect on the evening display. The previous few days of heavy rain had left the main field of the car park waterlogged. To save further damage for the rest of the season cars were parked elsewhere opening up this bit of land entirely affording some great views over the sight. The only really downer the weather played were some quite gusty winds down the runway which for these lighter and more delicate aircraft can be a problem. The winds kept the Edwardian aircraft safely in the hanger throughout.

Attendance for the show may well have taken a slight knock from the first FA Cup final to be held at the new Wembley Stadium but it did have a surprising bonus for some of the early visitors to the show with the Red Arrows performing a flypast en route back to Scampton. They even managed to be a little early catching the commentator unawares!

The display proper got underway at 6.30pm with a display from Mark Grimshaw's Jet Provost T3. Following a fatal Strikemaster crash in Australia, all Jet Provosts and Strikemasters are currently restricted to none aerobatic flight so the display by the JP was flat, but welcome nevertheless. Mark's Jet provost is one of a pair he owns which both wear similar markings albeit with civilian registrations based at North Weald.

Also visiting from elsewhere was a Piper L4 Cub from Popham airfield. This Cub wore some classic markings for a vintage type looking very attractive in the early evening sun performing a gentle display of wingovers and flypasts.

Upping the ante quite considerably was the Sukhoi Su-29 flown by Nick Barnard from the Yakovlevs Team. The two seater Su-29 is something of a rarity in the UK as it's not certified to be registers on the UK civil register. That has meant they have never really been imported much until it became legal to keep Hungarian registered types in the UK. Currently there are only four Su-29s in the UK so Nicks is a rare treat.

The first of the Shuttleworth aircraft to take to the air were the first world war pair of Sopwith Triplane and Bristol M1C. It's hoped the latter should be more of a regular at Shuttleworth displays in the future following some lengthy restoration work over the past few years, The Bristol is certainly quite a surprising performers considering just how fragile it looks.

The inter-war years are well represented by the collection. Looking fantastic were the pair of Hawker Tomtit and Avro Tutor trainers. The Tomtit is due to be rested later in the year after it's permit to flight expires as part of the collections new policy. A number of types have already gone into resting periods to reappear in later years. Later RAF trainers were put though their paces in the Barnstorming display. This is now an established feature of shows at Old Warden and this display featured the collection's Miles Magister, De Havilland Tiger Moth and DHC Chipmunk along with Peter Holloway's Hawk Trainer. The display features flour bombing, balloon bursting and limbo flying

Peter Holloway has recently bought a number of Luftwaffe aircraft from RLM aviation at Fairoaks that fit perfectly into collection. Peter's Bucker Bestmann was displayed during the evening along with the collections Jumgmann, also a Bucker product. With the Steiglitz, Klemm and Storch all waiting in the wings, there are some interesting times ahead at Old Warden.

Amongst the rest of Peter's collection is a Ryan PT-22, one of two based at Old Warden - the entire UK population. Both of these aircraft took to the air during the display to "chug" their way around the skies over Old Warden with their distinctive engines.

The collection's collection of aircraft is based around a training theme for the most part and this continues into post war training. One of the most impressive types displayed at Old Warden is the Percival Provost T1, forerunner of the Jet Provost that opened the show. Paul Stone put together an impressive aerobatic sequence in the large 1950's trainer aircraft

The traditional finale to Old Warden display involves the collection's Second World War front line types. First of these to display was the newly reskinned Gloster Gladiator in 72 sqn pre war markings. It flew with the collections Sea Hurricane Ib and Westland Lysander in a second world war formation before they all spilt into solo displays. Appropriately for the evening show, the special operations equipped Lysander closed the show. The Lysander has recently returned to the air following an overhaul and is a most welcome sight back in the air. As ever, a superb evening with a brilliant atmosphere.

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