Shuttleworth Collection celebrate naval aviation in skies over Old Warden

The Vought Corsair and Grumman Wildcat of Duxford's Fighter Collection roar over Old Warden. Picture

The Vought Corsair and Grumman Wildcat of Duxford's Fighter Collection roar over Old Warden. Picture: Darren Harbar - Credit: Archant

The Shuttleworth Collection celebrated naval aviation with their Fly Navy Day last weekend.

Consolidated PBY Catalina was a flying boat used by the American Navy in the Second World War. Pictu

Consolidated PBY Catalina was a flying boat used by the American Navy in the Second World War. Picture: Darren Harbar - Credit: Archant

Supported by the Navy Wings charity – a host of historical aircraft roared through the skies over Old Warden, wowing crowds on the ground.

A number of Second World War Royal Navy aircraft were on display, with the Vought Corsair and Grumman Wildcat from Duxford’s Fighter Collection soaring overhead, while the Hawker Sea Fury and Fairey Swordfish also flew.

Air show favourites, the Avro Lancaster, Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane took to the air as well.

Favourable weather allowed Shuttleworth’s renonwed Edwardian aircraft to get off the ground, with the Bristol Boxkite and Avro Triplane formation delighting onlookers, followed by displays from the Blackburn Monoplane and Deperdussin Mononplane to close out the show.

The Shuttleworth Collection's Bristol Boxkite soars over Old Warden. Picture: Darren Harbar

The Shuttleworth Collection's Bristol Boxkite soars over Old Warden. Picture: Darren Harbar - Credit: Archant

There was plenty to see and do on the ground, with a static Agusta Westland Merlin helicopter on show while a trio of Avro 504K biplanes lined up together for the first time at Old Warden.

The Shuttleworth Collection’s next air show is the June Evening Air show on June 16. Visit shuttleworth.org/events/june-evening-airshow/ for more.

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