Military Pageant

Sunday 3 July 2016

The Military Pageant is dedicated to recognising the contribution of our Armed Forces – past and present. We are proud that The Collection is home to the largest and most impressive collection of genuine airworthy First World War aircraft in Europeand some of the sole remaining airworthy aircraft of their type including the Hawker Tomtit and Avro Tutor.

Expect to see a fantastic gathering of Military aircraft and visiting military vehicles, including WWI steam engine ‘Gigantic’ in WW1 Ministry of War livery  and a replica 8” Howitzer Gun (image below).

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There’s an exhibition by the Royal Aeronautical society, who are celebrating 150 years of their work to further the art, science and engineering of aeronautics and encouraging young people to explore these areas.

The flying display will feature three visiting Spitfires and a Hurricane, the much loved B17 ‘Sally B’, and a display by the Buchon, and crowd favourites from The Collection including the Lysander and Hawker Tomtit – full line-up list below.

*Veterans aged 85 or over have free entry to the event – please let us know you are coming (contact details below).

Visiting Aircraft

  • Hawker Hurricane (Guy Black)
  • Spitfire V (Guy Black)
  • Spitfire I (IWM)
  • Spitfire MH434 (Old Flying Machine Company)
  • P51 Mustang ” Tall In The Saddle” A33 (Pete Teichman)
  • Buchon (John Romain)
  • Yak 3 (Mark Davy)
  • B17 – sally B

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(Newly repainted P51 Mustang – image Pete Teichman)

Shuttleworth based Aircraft

All aircraft are provisional and may be subject to change.

Ground entertainment

  • Live Music with the Polka Dot Dolls
  • Royal Aeronautical Exhibition & Exhibitors
  • ‘Make & paint’ with Airfix & IPMS Brampton (free)
  • Swiss Garden tours at 12.00 and 15.00 (free)
  • Flightline tours at 10.00, 10.30, 11.00, 11.30 (book at SVAS stand)
  • The Shuttleworth Re-enactor Historians
  • Pilot’s chat: Gloster Gladiator
  • Vehicle parade: Featured vehicles Hillman Minx  staff car and M20 Motorcycle
    • Visiting vehicles:
      • McLaren 10NHP Road Locomotive #1332 Gigantic – Neil Gough
      • Replica 8” Howitzer Gun – Martin Oliver (Great Dorset Steam Fair)
      • 1919 McLaren 10 NHP Road Locomotive Boadicea – Les Searle
      • 1918 D Type Army Staff car – Vauxhall Heritage c/o Graham Smith
      • 1917 Hallford– Barry Weatherhead
      • 1918 AEC Y Type – Graham Smith
      • 1942 Dodge WC58 Command Car (Phil Smith)
      • 1941 M3 Half Trac (Phil Smith)
      • 1942 Ford GPW Jeep (Phil Smith)
      • 1944 BSA Parabike (The Panters)
      • 1911 LGOC B Type Bus (Barry Weatherhead)
      • 1944 GMC 6×6 (Rod Tingey)
  • The House is open from 10.00-14.00. Visitors can explore rooms with House stewards available to answer questions about the history of The House and the Shuttleworth family.*

*Please note that access to The House is via the Swiss Garden. The underpass is cobbled and currently unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Event Timings

9.00 – Gates open

12.00 – Vehicle parades

14.00 – Flying Display begins

17.40 – Approximate end of display

The restaurant, visitor centre and gift shop are open for the duration of the event and close 30 minutes after the end of the flying display.

Additional info

Event commentators: Tim Callaway & John Gilder.

Parking is free, and disabled parking is available.

Dogs on leads are permitted outside on-site but are not allowed in hangars, restaurant, Visitor Centre, and Swiss Garden (assistance dogs are the exception).

Smoking in permitted in designated areas only.

No commercial filming or photography is allowed without permission.

Shuttle bus

  • 11.30 – leaves from Biggleswade train station
  • 18.00 – leaves Shuttleworth for return journey
  • Adult – £9.50 return or £5.00 single (pay on the bus)
  • Children under 16 free

Group Bookings

Discount for groups of 10+ people, available to book until Tuesday 28 June 2016. Please email Helen Woods or call 01767 627924 (Mon-Frid, 9.00-17.00).

On the day gate prices (subject to availability)

Adult – £28

Child under 16 – Free (max 4 per adult)

SVAS – £16

Exemptions (Free entry)

Veterans aged 85 or over. Please pre-book by contacting Helen Woods – 01767 627924 (Mon-Frid).

Pilot (only) of a pre-1945 aircraft have free entry (occupants must pay). You must pre-book a PPR slot.

Pilot and up to two occupants free for a pre-1945 twin engine aircraft. You must pre-book a PPR slot.

Online Booking (closes 18.00 on Saturday 2 July)


By booking an SVAS ticket you are agreeing that you are a current member of the SVAS with a current membership card that will be valid on the date of this event. Failure to show your valid card on the gate in conjunction with this ticket will render you liable to pay the additional monies up to the value of a non SVAS member.