Historic Hurricanes highlight of Military Airshow
On Sunday 7 July around 5000 visitors to The Shuttleworth Collection’s Military Airshow watched a formation of seven Hawker Hurricanes assemble of the skies of Old Warden. The last time this many were airborne together was in 1946.
Of the seven aircraft, The Collection’s Hawker Sea Hurricane is the last flying example, and the Mk1 R4118 restored by Peter Vasher and now owned by James Brown of Hurricane Heritage flew in the Battle of Britain.
One of those watching the historic formation was a very special guest, Battle of Britain veteran and former Hurricane pilot Archie McInnes, who celebrates his 100th birthday at the end of July.
Other visiting aircraft that made for a thoroughly entertaining display included a Nieuport 17, Boeing B-17G ‘Sally B’, Avro 504k, Stieglitz, P47 Thunderbolt ‘Nellie’, and a crowd-pleasing display by the Royal Jordanian Falcons.
On the ground over 35 military vehicles took part in the static display and the vehicle parade. One was a rare De Dion Bouton made in Paris in 1911, a winner of the Gold medal at the Parisian “Beauty Parade” and sold for Military use as a supply truck for the Western Front. Kept in storage after the war it has now been lovingly restored in anticipation firing up its engine for the first time in 100 years.
Other highlights included an exhibition on the ‘Heroes of the airfield’ at The House, courtesy of Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire County Council. The Wimbish Military Wives Choir provided the musical entertainment and children’s activities included making aircraft models with Brampton IPMS and Airfix, UK Youth Gliding, Interactive Bofors Gun, and experimenting with a wind tunnel from Space and Time learning.
Watch the Historic Hurricane formation