Its the start of May and airshow season has just begun with the season premier at Bedfordshire’s famous Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden.
With Government Covid restrictions to adhere to, once again the organizer’s had to make it a Drive In event and you had to purchase tickets in advance , you have to be quick as the tickets were selling fast. Shuttleworth was the first event in the world to introduce this type of airshow in 2020, and it his still having to do this kind of thing with the threat of Covid still umounghts us , for me I think this type of event works but as an organization it must be very frustrating only allowing so many cars and people at an event.
Myself and my pal Brian Reid arrived at about 09-30 am and we were greeted by long queues, put in a holding area and waited for the gates to open which was supposed to be 10-00am it ended up about 25 mins later. Once in we were directed to our 5meter square box and that was our spot for the day we could only exit that spot for buying refreshment’s or go to the toilet, saying that we were allowed to wonder around the place with social distancing to take in consideration to photograph the visiting aircraft.
Once the flying started and it was back to the boxes to watch the show, quite civilized actually The show itself kicked off with a visiting PBY Catalina from Plane sailing and a pair of BBMF Spitfires as the Spitfires were just doing a Flypast only some spectators were complaining that they were not displaying. With the flying program mainly Shuttleworth based aircraft there were some spirited displays made by the pilots, of which always pleases the crowd, but the highlight of the day was John Romain in his Stunning Spanish built Hispano Buchon in beautiful desert scheme this is essentially a Rolls-Royce Merlin -engine Messerschmitt BF-109. which made a great finally to what was a great day out.
A great start to the year, ,we as aviation photographers are pleased that things are starting to get back to some sort of normality. So my thanks go to all at Shuttleworth for putting on a great start to 2021, long may it continue .