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Images by Darren Harbar and Keith Wilson

Flying 13:00 – 17:00

2020 Draft display items listed below.

Display Aircraft could be subject to change on the day due weather and aircraft serviceability.
Battle of Britain veteran Hawker Hurricane V7497 - 501 Squadron RAF. Based at RAF Kenley the Hurricane was shot down by Gustav Sprick JG26 on 28th September 1940 while flown by P/O E. B. Rogers (baled out). The Hurricane was recovered and restored to fly by Hawker Restorations and flew again in 2018.Will Greenwood Yak 3 air to air 2016YAK 3 flown by Will Greenwood. It was one of the smallest and lightest major combat fighters fielded by any combatant during the war. Its high power-to-weight ratio gave it excellent performance. "do not get in a dog fight below 5,000 meters, you will get shot down"
Tiger 9
The Beech Model 18, feeder-liner first flew in January, 1937 at Wichita, and was an immediate success. This aircraft registered as G-BKGL on the UK register, which was built at some stage during WW2 and re-manufactured in 1951 by the Beech company for delivery to the RCAF with the c/n CA164.
Bucker flightThe Global Stars team. These are some of the best pilots in the World, traveling the World to do air shows. Last year the team flew in China 4 times plus Bahrain and India. The most memorable event was to fly over the world longest bridge, 55km!
Gazells
Stearman
Little and Large. Mike Williams with his "Global Stars" radio controlled model and Chris Burkett in the Extra 300S. The only act of its kind in the UK. To our knowledge also the only one in the World! Last seen at the Bahrain International Airshow. The Spartan 7W Executive was an Executive class cabin monoplane aircraft produced by the Spartan Aircraft Company during the late 1930s and early 1940s. The 7W featured an all-metal fuselage as well as a retractable undercarriage.
Wacky Wabbit, T6 Harvard “Advanced Trainer” you can have a unique flight experience in "The Wacky Wabbit" from Duxford. Once you get up close to the Harvard you will realise why this was the Advanced Trainer of the RAF and many other Air Forces around the world. As you climb inside the cockpit you will step back in time to the 1940’s as there is no mistaking its wartime military heritage.The Historic Aircraft Collection Spitfire Mk.Vb, (G-MKVB), BM597. One of 1000 aircraft built at Castle Bromwich against contract B981687/39, BM597 was delivered to No.37 M.U. at Burtenwood on 26 February 1942, being assigned to 315 Sqn on 7 May 1942 and on to 317 Sqn on 5 September 1942, both at Woodvale. On 13 February 1943, it suffered Cat B damage and was removed for repair on 28 February
All being well if light winds we will have several Paramotors fly in to the event prior to the show. These powered paragliders require no licence to fly. Approximately 6 - 10 hours of ground school instruction and off you go! Contact mark Jefferies if you wish to learn. Its a cheap and fun way to get your bum in the air 🙂 Rich Goodwin with his new ANANA Pitts Special.
The Tigers, Army parachute display team. The Tigers were formed over 20 years ago and are firmly established as one of the top parachute display teams within the United Kingdom. The team has been very successful in competitions throughout this period, with the team performing at events such as the British National Parachute Championships and the World Parachute Championships.The Rolls-Royce Spitfire, PS853, is an unarmed, high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, one of a batch of 79 Mk XIXs built at Supermarine, Southampton. The Mk XIX was powered by the 2,050 hp Griffon 65 or 66 and represents the pinnacle of the Spitfire’s development in terms of speed and altitude capability with a top speed of 446mph and a ceiling of 42,000ft.
P47 "Jug" The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was a World War II era fighter aircraft produced by the United States from 1941 through 1945. Its primary armament was eight .50-caliber machine guns and in the fighter-bomber ground-attack role it could carry five-inch rockets or a bomb load of 2,500 pounds (1,103 kg). When fully loaded, the P-47 weighed up to eight tons, making it one of the heaviest fighters of the war. The P-47 was designed around the powerful Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine, which was also used by two U.S. Navy/U.S. Marine Corps fighters, the Grumman F6F Hellcat and the Vought F4U Corsair. The Thunderbolt was effective as a short-to medium-range escort fighter in high-altitude air-to-air combat and ground attack in both the European and Pacific theaters.Buchon, In 1942, the Spanish government arranged a manufacturing licence with Messerschmitt AG to build the Bf 109G-2, the DB 605A engines, propellers, instruments and weapons were to be supplied from Germany. This proved impossible as Germany was incapable of meeting its own needs let alone Spain's, and only twenty-five airframes (without their tails) and less than half the necessary drawings were actually delivered.[1] Consequently, Hispano Aviación replaced the DB 605A engine with the 1,600 hp HS 89-12Z and the project was renamed Me 109J by Messerschmitt. [2] The HS 89-12Z engine performed a successful flight in a Bf-109E used as flying testbed, in Barcelona in 1944 and the first HA-1109-J1L made its maiden flight on 2 March 1945 in Seville, using a VDM propeller and lash-up engine mounting.[3] The remaining twenty-four airframes were flown during 1947-9 with Escher-Wyss props, but never became operational.
Built for Bristow Helicopters in 1969 as G-AXKU. Became G-MASH in 1989 with Defense Products at Redhill. Currently based at Brieghton in Yorkshire at the real aeroplane company in US Army colours to look like the the long running MASH TV show helicopter. More than 5,600 Bell 47s were produced. The Bell 47 entered U.S. military service in late 1946, and operated in a variety of versions and under different designations for three decades.Hawker Sea Fury T.20 WG655 (G-INVN) Built at Hawkers, Kingston-upon-Thames with final assembly at Langley with serial No. WG655. Delivered 9.10.1951 to Anthorn for initial storage then to 781 Sqdn Lee-on-Solent 7.12.1951. Returned to RDU Anthorn and preserved 13.2.1952. Purchased by Hawker 27.4.1957 for conversion to Target Towing configuration. Acquired by The Norwegian Historic Flight in 2018. More info can
be found here 
Dakota ZA947 is now painted to represent Dakota FZ692 of No 233 Squadron, around the D-Day period in 1944. This aircraft, which was named ‘Kwicherbichen’ by her crews, was involved in Para-dropping operations on the eve of D-Day.
Built as a Boeing B-17G-105-VE c/n 8693, the future Sally B was one of the last to be constructed by the Lockheed-Vega plant at Burbank, California. Accepted by the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) as 44-85784 on June 19 1945
NA P51 Mustang 'Miss Helen' served with the 487th Fighter Squadron and 352nd Fighter Group also know as the 'Blue Nosed Bastards' of Bodney. Built to a British specification and powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin it was the first fighter able to escort the 8th AF bombers over Berlin.The Beech Model 18, feeder-liner first flew in January, 1937 at Wichita, and was an immediate success. This aircraft registered as G-BKGL on the UK register, which was built at some stage during WW2 and re-manufactured in 1951 by the Beech company for delivery to the RCAF with the c/n CA164.
Pitts model 12 is a high performance aerobatic biplane designed around the Russia Vedeneyev M14P/PF engine. The same engine as the YAK 50/52 and other Russian light aircraft use. Massive performance with stunning speed and manoeuvrability Development of the DH.88 Comet was initiated at the behest of British aviation pioneer Geoffrey de Havilland, along with the support of de Havilland's board, being keen to garner prestige from producing the victorious aircraft. The de Havilland DH.88 Comet is a two-seat, twin-engined aircraft developed specifically to participate in the 1934 England-Australia MacRobertson Air Race from the United Kingdom to Australia.
Extra 330SC flown by Mark Jefferies - multiple British advanced unlimited aerobatic champion. This aircraft is one of the best aerobatic planes of all time. Cameras at the ready for Mark's take-off where he flips the aircraft onto its wing tip and climbs away sideways! What follows is a masterclass in extreme aerobatics that push pilot and aircraft to the limit. Will Greenwood Yak 3 air to air 2016YAK 3 flown by Will Greenwood. It was one of the smallest and lightest major combat fighters fielded by any combatant during the war. Its high power-to-weight ratio gave it excellent performance. "do not get in a dog fight below 5,000 meters, you will get shot down"
Wacky Wabbit, T6 Harvard “Advanced Trainer” you can have a unique flight experience in "The Wacky Wabbit" from Duxford. Once you get up close to the Harvard you will realise why this was the Advanced Trainer of the RAF and many other Air Forces around the world. As you climb inside the cockpit you will step back in time to the 1940’s as there is no mistaking its wartime military heritage.
The "Red Sparrows" flying the DHC-1 Chipmunk. The Chipmunk is a tandem, two-seat, single-engined (Gipsy Major 10) primary trainer aircraft developed and manufactured by Canadian aircraft manufacturer de Havilland Canada. It was developed shortly after the Second World War and sold heavily throughout the immediate post-war years, a replacement for the de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane. The Global Stars team. These are some of the best pilots in the World, traveling the World to do air shows. Last year the team flew in China 4 times plus Bahrain and India. The most memorable event was to fly over the world longest bridge, 55km!
All being well if light winds we will have several Paramotors fly in to the event prior to the show. These powered paragliders require no licence to fly. Approximately 6 - 10 hours of ground school instruction and off you go! Contact mark Jefferies if you wish to learn. Its a cheap and fun way to get your bum in the air 🙂 A flight of D Day Piper L-4 "grass hopper" aircraft. In the civilian world know as the Piper Cub. These were the first aircraft to operate in France on the 6th June, transported across the channel by barge disassembled. They had many uses, directing artillery fire, delivering medical supplies to the front line, delivering ammunition, Maps, and any other equipment needed on the front line quickly. They even moved the generals around.
Little and Large. Mike Williams with his "Global Stars" radio controlled model and Chris Burkett in the Extra 300S. The only act of its kind in the UK. To our knowledge also the only one in the World! Last seen at the Bahrain International Airshow. The Spartan 7W Executive was an Executive class cabin monoplane aircraft produced by the Spartan Aircraft Company during the late 1930s and early 1940s. The 7W featured an all-metal fuselage as well as a retractable undercarriage.
Battle of Britain veteran Hawker Hurricane V7497 - 501 Squadron RAF. Based at RAF Kenley the Hurricane was shot down by Gustav Sprick JG26 on 28th September 1940 while flown by P/O E. B. Rogers (baled out). The Hurricane was recovered and restored to fly by Hawker Restorations and flew again in 2018.“Only the French could design an aeroplane so pretty,” said one airshow commentator at Valenciennes, “and only the English would fly it like this! ”And perhaps he was right. After all, the Turb Team’s display is a very English combination of the comic and the serious.
Pitts Special S2A flown by Dr. 'Kirk' Kirkpatrick. This aircraft is well traveled having flown in China in the late 1990's with Nigel Lambs "dream team" of 3 Pitts and Extra 300. Prior to that it was in Italy with Prof Guido Bastianelli. T-6 Texan SNJ warbirdThe North American Aviation T-6 Texan is an American single-engined advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), United States Navy, Royal Air Force, and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II. A total of 15,495 T-6s of all variants were built. This aircraft, G-TSIX is owned by Bulldog Aviation.

Display Aircraft subject to change on the day due weather and aircraft serviceability. 

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Due to the COVID19 Corona virus outbreak, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel Little Gransden Air Display & Classic Car Show 2020. We hope to put on a bigger and better show in 2021!

This is a great family day out with something for everyone; superb air displays and on the ground everything from classic cars to craft shows all set in the beautiful open countryside here at Little Gransden Airfield near Sandy in Bedfordshire.

In the air.

You can enjoy over three and a half hours of flying action – from early biplanes, WW2 warbirds through to modern extreme aerobatics featuring solo and formation air displays with world championship aerobatic pilots and the GlobalStars Aerobatic Formation Team plus much, much more.

We’ll also have a number of aircraft on static display including fabulous Hawker Fury and Hawker Hurricane restorations from the Cambridge Bomber and Fighter Society.

On the road.

More than 300 classic, historic, vintage and ex-military vehicles from the earliest days of the internal combustion engine, showing off the amazing variety of engineering and design skill that has gone into getting us from A to B over the last century or so.

On the ground.

A funfair, over 70 trade stands and a craft fair selling all sorts of hand made items including clothing, pottery, jewellery, gifts, toys, cakes and sweets, plants, etc. + live music from our local band ‘Junkyard Preachers’.

Other ground exhibits include vintage tractors, stationary engines, scale model aircraft, glider and a rare F1 aircraft racer.

Refreshments.

A licensed bar, fish and chips, coffee, ice cream, BBQ, burgers, hog roast, sweets, donuts… you won’t go hungry or thirsty at the Little Gransden Air Display & Classic Car Show!

Take it easy.

Let our VIP team provide you with breakfast, dinner and drinks at your table while you watch the show in comfort (limited number of tickets available).