Welcome to Shuttleworth, at Old Warden in Bedfordshire. The Collection of aircraft and cars was started by Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth, a passionate racer and pilot. Based in the aerodrome, the Collection contains some of last airworthy aircraft of their type remaining anywhere in the world.

  • Vintage aircraft: 1909-1950s
  • Vehicles: mostly Edwardian, early dogcarts and 1930s-1940s cars
  • Motorcycles, penny farthings and a 1904 Aurora
  • Agricultural exhibits: working Chaff Cutter, living van and tractors

The Collection opened to the public in 1963, and further aircraft and vehicles have been added over the years. Events that encompass flying displays and vehicle parades draw crowds from all over the world. The Collection’s aircraft and vehicles, as much as possible, are all kept working as intended – it’s where history flies and drives!

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DH60X, one of Richard’s aircraft – it still flies in airshows at the Collection today.

Look out for our Blériot XI, dating from 1909 – the world’s oldest airworthy aircraft; the racing aircraft DH88 Comet – which won the MacRobertson air race from England to Australia in 1934; and our Supermarine Spitfire being restored in the Engineering Workshop.


The world’s oldest airworthy aircraft, the Blériot XI, built in 1909 and still flying today

During school holidays workshops and activity trails for children are available, and outdoor events featuring flying displays and vehicle parades take place every year and can be booked online. Please visit our events page for all available activities and events.

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