The 2017 UK airshow season got off to a great start with the Shuttleworth Season Premiere airshow on May 7th. Celebrating the great aviator, Alex Henshaw, many of the items in the show had a connection to him, directly or indirectly - aircraft like Percival Mew Gull, G-AEXF, in which Alex famously flew from Gravesend to Cape Town and back breaking all records and Hawker Tomtit K1786, flown by Alex during the second world war when working as chief test pilot at Castle Bromwich.
Primarily showcasing the Shuttleworth Collection's own aircraft, the flying display at this year's Season Premiere was opened by a visiting aircraft, Plane Sailing's Consolidated PBY Catalina, this beautiful seaplane gracing the skies over Old Warden from its base at Duxford. Old Warden based Hawker Demon, resplendent in its metallic silver livery followed, with a spirited display, before the rather strange looking Fauvel AV-36 Glider was put through its paces.
Another aircraft featured in the show was the Spitfire, an aircraft which, as chief test pilot at Castle Bromwich, Alex Henshaw is credited with personally having flown and tested over 10% of all Spitfires made.