A day of golden oldies

PUBLISHED: 12:48 28 September 2006 | UPDATED: 10:57 06 May 2010

Carolyn Grace, in her Spitfire, meets Air Commodore Tom Pierce

Carolyn Grace, in her Spitfire, meets Air Commodore Tom Pierce

SOME of the greatest flying machines ever built took to the skies near Biggleswade on Saturday. The sunset air display organised by the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden attracted a full house helped by brilliant sunshine and clear skies. Spectators w

A pair of Ryan PT22s go through their paces

SOME of the greatest flying machines ever built took to the skies near Biggleswade on Saturday.

The sunset air display organised by the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden attracted a full house helped by brilliant sunshine and clear skies.

Spectators were treated to a spectacular display from pilots flying a variety of historical aircraft

Carolyn Grace flew her Spitfire in from nearby Duxford for the event, and afterwards on the flight line was introduced to Air Commodore Tom Pierce who was celebrating his 87th birthday.

A Boxkite flies off into the sunset

During World War II, Air Commodore Pierce flew a variety of aircraft including the Hurricane and Lysander.

During the visit to Shuttleworth he was shown the collection's Lysander and also had the satisfaction of watching a Hurricane.

"It was a very successful event and we had absolutely perfect weather," said Shuttleworth spokesman Tony Podmore.

"The good weather meant we had a very big crowd who were entertained to some wonderful flying and Air Commodore Pierce had a fabulous time."

This coming Sunday marks the final air show of the year when aviation lovers will hopefully be able to get a glimpse of a North American Mustang fighter and a number of Edwardian aircraft performing.

The event starts at 2pm and is due to finish around 5.30pm.

Saturday's show was sponsored by HSBC which insures the Shuttleworth Collection and also the Grace two-seater Spitfire flown by Carolyn Grace.

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