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Shuttleworth D-Day Weekend

 

Shuttleworth D-Day Weekend Event Overview

 

Shuttleworth is excited to announce a truly unique D-Day themed weekend supported by the D-Day Squadron as part of their 2024 legacy tour.

The weekend will see a host of ground activities including;

  • Arrival of the D-Day Squadron Legacy Tour on Saturday morning & departure on Sunday afternoon.
  • Access to all of the D-Day Squadron fleet from 12:00-19:30 on the Saturday & 10:00-15:00 on Sunday.
  • Fly-in with discount to all aircraft types pre 1950’s.
  • Spitfire Sit In Experience Saturday and Sunday (separate ticket required)
  • Military and Collection vehicle displays
  • Car Clubs
  • Vintage Bus Rides
  • Shuttleworth Heritage team showcasing the Collections’ 1919 general purpose engine and 1901 living Van
  • Food and Drink from the Runway Cafe, Refuelling Station and Catering Pods (Open 09:00 until 20:00 Saturday and 09:00 – 17:00 Sunday)
  • Full access to the Shuttleworth Collection, Swiss Garden and Playground
  • Discovery Zones supported by the education team

The Legacy Tour Mission Overview


On June 6, 1944, more than 11,000 aircraft were mobilized as Allied forces began a massive land, sea, and air invasion now known as D-Day. In 2019, 15 legendary DC-3 type aircraft made a historic North Atlantic crossing to celebrate both the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the 70th Anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. Featured on the international stage and in media across the world, the men and women of the D-Day Squadron touched tens of thousands of lives as they flew to honour the world’s Greatest Generation.

Building on these accomplishments, the D-Day Squadron (DDS) is coordinating a fleet of aircraft to fly to Europe in 2024 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion and the 75th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. In mid-May 2024, DC-3 variants representing World War II and Cold War vintage aircraft will ‘cross the pond’ from the United States to the United Kingdom, cross the English Channel to Normandy, France, then fly on to Berlin, Germany, and beyond.

 

D-Day Squadron Visiting Aircraft

 

  • C-47 “Placid Lassie” ( N74589) – Tunison Foundation – USA
  • C-47 “That’s All, Brother” ( N47TB) – Commemorative Air Force Centex Wing – USA
  • C-47 “ Screaming Eagle” (N150D) – Private Owner – USA
  • R4D “ Ready 4 Duty” (151ZE) – Commemorative Air Force Dallas – Ft. Worth Wing – USA
  • C-53 “Spirit of Benovia” (N8336C) – Aerometal International – USA
  • C-41A “ Hap*penstance” (N341A) – The RM Group, LLC- USA
  • DC-3 “Chalair” (F-AZOX) – Private Owner – France
  • C-47 “Night Fright” (N308SF) – Night Fright Promotions Ltd – UK
  • DC-3 Western Airlines (NC33644) – Tim Savage

*Aircraft attendance is subject to serviceability and weather on the day. 

Spitfire Sit In Experience 

 

Enjoy the opportunity to sit in and explore the cockpit of Shuttleworth’s iconic Spitfire AR501, used to escort USA air force bombers between 1942 and 1943 and in the livery of the original squadron it served, No 310 (Czech) Squadron.

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Ticketed Event – general public and members require a valid ticket for each day of the event which can be purchased online or on the day from the box office, please note our Hill Lane entrance will be closed for the weekend. 

STAY WITH US

Camping

Camping is available on the Parkland for self-sufficient camping – caravans, campers and motorhomes with their own washing and toilet facilities.

Available from Thursday – Monday only

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The House

The Garden Suite Accommodation

Offering beautiful views across the parkland and situated just a short walk away from the Collection & Gardens.

Prices starting from £65*

*per single room, per night

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The Flat

Our truly unique self-contained apartment within Shuttleworth House boasting beautiful views across Old Warden Park.

Exclusively available on airbnb for 2024

From £110 per night

BOOK HERE (AIRBNB)

Important Information

Saturday

Saturday’s Activities

 

Ticketed Event, general public and members require a valid ticket which can be purchased online or on the day from the box office. 

 

  • D-Day Squadron Dakota’s arriving at Shuttleworth
  • Uncovered Open Paddock – A section of the airfield closed off enabling visitors the opportunity to get on the airfield for an up close experience with the D-Day Dakota Aircraft, The uncovered paddock will be open 12:00 – 19:30 Saturday, with the opportunity of enjoying a dusk open experience on the airfield.
  • Fly-in with visiting pilots and their aircraft encouraged to fly in and enjoy the weekend with us
  • Spitfire Sit In Experience (separate ticket required)
  • A range of Military and Collection Vehicle on display across the site
  • Vintage Bus Rides
  • Shuttleworth Heritage team showcasing the collections 1919 general purpose engine and 1901 living Van
  • Food and Drink from the Runway Cafe, Refuelling Station and Catering Pods Open 09:00 until 20:00
  • Full access to the Shuttleworth Collection, Swiss Garden and Playground
  • Discovery Zones supported by the education team

Sunday

Sunday’s Activities

 

Ticketed Event, general public and members require a valid ticket which can be purchased online or on the day from the box office. 

 

  • D-Day Squadron Dakota’s departing Shuttleworth in the afternoon
  • Uncovered Open Paddock – A section of the airfield closed off enabling visitors the opportunity to get on the airfield for an up close experience with the D-Day Dakota Aircraft, The uncovered paddock will be open 10:00 – 15:00 Sunday
  • Fly-in with visiting pilots and their aircraft encouraged to fly in and enjoy the weekend with us
  • Spitfire Sit In Experience (separate ticket required)
  •  A range of Military and Collection Vehicle on display across the site
  • Vintage Bus Rides
  • Car Club
  • Shuttleworth Heritage team showcasing the collections 1919 general purpose engine and 1901 living Van
  • Food and Drink from the Runway Cafe, Refuelling Station and Catering Pods Open 09:00 until 17:00
  • Full access to the Shuttleworth Collection, Swiss Garden and Playground
  • Discovery Zones supported by the education team

 

Please note that a separate parkland event will be operating on Sunday 26th with details below;

The Greensand Country 50K Ultra Marathon – Shuttleworth Events & Attractions

 

Getting Here

Getting here by Car

 

The event entrance is Alder DriveSG18 9DT

Please note our Hill Lane entrance will be closed for the weekend. 

We are located two miles due west of the A1 at Biggleswade, approx 20 miles from J13 on M1.

Address

Shuttleworth
Alder Drive
Biggleswade
Bedfordshire

SatNav USE SG18 9DT

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