22nd of May 2016 saw a gathering of Chipmunks at Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade on the to celebrate 70 years since the first flight of the Chipmunk prototype CF-DIO-X flown by de Havilland test pilot Pat Fillingham. 48 Chipmunks attend the event making it one of the biggest gathering of Chipmunks in Europe if not the world the event is in its second year as a similar smaller one was organised in 2015 at the same venue which proved a huge success with the event ending with a mass flypast of Chipmunks.

The oldest flying chipmunk G-AKDN with the serial number 11 a pre-production aircraft built at Downsview was in attendance after arriving in the UK last November via a shipping container from Canada and was flown to Old Warden by owner Dave Gillespie. 500 chipmunks are still airworthy around the world and many live on as glider tugs with various gliding clubs in the UK.

Chipmunks from Sweden, Belgium and a trio from Denmark all made the trip over to celebrate with two of the Danish aircraft still wearing Royal Danish Air Force markings. The event at Old Warden was brought to a close with a formation flypast of 19 chipmunks who flew in a ’70’ formation above old warden to mark the occasion in the best way possible.


Article by Paul Atkin Photos Dave Long