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Airshows 2021


June 2021 Update

David Smith ([email protected]


July 30th to August 1st (Friday to Sunday)

OLD BUCKENHAM AIR SHOW: Old Buckenham, Norfolk NR17 1PU. A mix of warbirds and civilian aircraft, along with classic and military vehicles on this historic former USAAF bomber base.

01953 860806


August 1st (Sunday)

NEED FOR SPEED FAMILY AIRSHOW: At Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 9EP. Vintage aircraft on the ground and in the air.

01767 627927  


August 4th (Wednesday)

DUXFORD FLYING DAY: At Duxford, Cambs CB22 4QR.

A themed show, 'Squadron 19 Heroes'.

01223 835000


August 7th (Saturday)

EAST KIRKBY AIRSHOW: At Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby, Lincs PE23 4DE. Three hours of flying, Lancaster and Mosquito taxi runs, plus lots more.

1790 763207


August 7th (Saturday)

BATTLE PROMS: At Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5NJ. A 2-hour orchestral programme featuring a Spitfire display and parachute drops.          


August 7th (Saturday)

CLASSIC CAR SHOW & VINTAGE FLY-IN: Popham Airfield, Coxford Down, Winchester SO21 3BD. Normally attracts over 800 classic cars and more than 50 vintage aircraft.


August 7th and 8th (Saturday and Sunday)

COMBINED OPS: At Headcorn Airfield, Nr Maidstone, Kent TN27 9HX. Vintage and modern aircraft as well as military vehicles.


August 11th (Wednesday)

DUXFORD FLYING DAY: Duxford, Cambs CB22 4QR. Another themed show, this time with younger enthusiasts in mind.

01223 835000


August 12th to 15th (Thursday to Sunday)

BRISTOL INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA: Held at Ashton Court Estate, Bristol BS8 3TQ. Balloon launches and night glows on some dates. Ground attractions including music and a fair.


August 14th (Saturday)

SHUTTLEWORTH FLYING CIRCUS: Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

SG18 9EP. An evening airshow with pyrotechnics.

01767 627927

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August 14th and 15th (Saturday and Sunday)              

WINGS AND WHEELS: At Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green Airport

Bobbington, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY7 5DY. No air display as such but numerous aircraft movements during this airport open day and family day out.       


August 19th (Thursday)

DUXFORD FLYING DAY: Duxford, Cambs CB22 4QR. A themed show 'Young Aviators'.

01223 835000



August 21st to 23rd (Saturday to Monday)

WHITBY REGATTA: Whitby, North Yorkshire. There are generally air displays on two of the days     


August 25th to 28th (Wednesday to Saturday)             

PORT OF DARTMOUTH ROYAL REGATTA: Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9PS. Usually includes some air displays.               


August 26th and 27th (Thursday and Friday)

CLACTON AIR SHOW: West Greensward, Clacton seafront, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO15 1NW. Limited flying this year, including flypasts by the Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

01255 686633


August 27th (Friday)

SIDMOUTH AIR DISPLAY: Sidmouth, Devon EX2 4DR. Includes Red Arrows.          


August 28th (Saturday)

WINGS AND WHEELS: Henstridge Airfield, Henstridge Marsh, Somerset

BA8 0TA. Vintage and classic aircraft fly in to this wartime Fleet Air Arm training airfield.


August 29th (Sunday)

LITTLE GRANSDEN AIR AND CAR SHOW: At Fullers Hill Farm, Little Gransden, Cambs SG19 3BP. Over three and a half of flying is planned. along with classic cars and much else on the ground.

07730 091132       


September 2nd to 5th (Thursday to Sunday)

BOURNEMOUTH AIR FESTIVAL: Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 3AF. Major civil and military involvement, including the Red Arrows.



[N.B.: OUT ON 29th OCTOBER 2021: First published in 1986 as Air Band Radio Handbook, David J Smith’s Air Traffic Control Handbook is now into its 11th edition. From its original publication, the book was acknowledged as the essential reference for ground-based airband listeners, as well as student and private pilots and those with an interest in Air Traffic Control. This new edition has been fully updated with changes in procedure, radio frequencies and call signs, and is illustrated in colour, making the book an incredible source of information for all those interested in the subject and all those contemplating a career in ATC. Retired Air Traffic controller David J Smith’s accessible and comprehensive text explains the intricacies of air traffic control and its jargon, enabling the reader to locate and interpret what is going on in the airways overhead. This fully revised new edition is a book that no one with an interest in the subject can afford not to have on his or her shelves – Ed.]



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