The SPECTACLE of SHUTTLEWORTH

The ever-increasing quality of the Shuttleworth Collection’s airshows has been a source ofmuch delight. We found out how it’s come about

Shuttleworth’s own Sea Hurricane Ib, Z7015, and a pair of Hurricane Is — Hugh Taylor’s P3717, and R4118 of Hurricane Heritage — on the break during last year’s Military Pageant.
DARREN HARBAR

No airshow these days can afford to rest on its laurels. Competition comes from many quarters, whether from other weekend attractions vying for the more casual visitor’s attentions, or different events on a crowded calendar seeking the custom of the enthusiast. Any organiser will tell you it’s not just about the aircraft — that a lot of show-goers now expect more than merely to turn up and watch aeroplanes going through their paces, no matter how rare, exciting or well-flown. Not even the longestestablished, best-loved fixtures are able to ignore the need to change. With six main monthly displays on Sundays from May to October, three Saturday evening shows between May and July and the Flying Proms in August, the Shuttleworth Collection is by some margin the most prolific contributor to Britain’s airshow schedule. In its home at Old

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