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The Shuttleworth Collection’s Season Premiere Airshow was hugely popular, with all tickets sold out in advance. Photographer Darren Harbar enjoyed another of the attraction’s well organised drive-in style events

 Plane Sailing’s unmistakeable Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina ‘Miss Pick Up’ was among the star attractions at Old Warden 

Asa mark of how badly enthusiasts have missed air displays and of how popular Old Warden’s events are, the Bedfordshire aerodrome’s first show of the year was at full capacity on May 2.

The event was presented in the venue’s socially-distanced, drivein format, successfully established last year, with visitors remaining in an allocated 5x 5m ‘box’ with their car. Old Warden plans to maintain this system until August at the earliest, though as the law changes it may be altered.

The venue is of course home to the Shuttleworth Collection, meaning ticket holders were treated to a memorable display of historic machines representing the Great War, interwar and World War Two eras. Among these was Bristol F.2b Fighter ‘B1162’, making its debut display in new markings, and the extraordinary Fauvel AV.36 glider.

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