Combined Ops Military & Aircraft Show 8-9 Aug 2020

Event Date (8th August 2020)

Event Time (10:00 AM)

Products Available


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Combined Ops 2011

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th August 2017

Kent's Military Vehicle and Vintage Airshow - celebrating it's 9th year!

This unique event held at Headcorn Aerodrome has a variety of vintage and modern aircraft displays, on the ground and in the air.  A family event  which includes static military vehicles, living history re-enactment groups, arena events, military stalls, children's entertainment and food stalls to make this a perfect day out.

GATES OPEN 10:00 - 17:00 on both Saturday and Sunday  

 The Air Display

Vintage aircraft

The Aircraft 

Over the years the event has attracted some of the most spectacular aircraft in the country. In 2016 we welcomed the B-25N ‘Mitchell’ - Royal Netherlands Air force Bomber and The Catalina 11005 – Royal Canadian Air Force. As well as an air display from the BBMF – Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane and flypast from the Red Arrows.


2015 we had the incredible Vulcan bomber which not only filled the skies with its shear size but its deafening sound.  2014 saw the only two flying Avro Lancaster bombers doing a full display.


The Aerodrome attracts lots of vintage aircraft, from all over the country. Throughout each day aircraft will be landing and taking off as well as many aircraft on static display. If you have never been close to these amazing machines and their pilots then now is the time.

 About the show
Videos from past shows showing the action in the Arena Battle, Vintage Aircraft and Military Vehicles.

A full list of the weekends event will be advertised here soon.

Event Arena

Arena events

Every year a fierce battle is fought in the fields of
Headcorn depicting real scenes from WW2.
The re-enactors armed with real weapons expelling thousands of blank rounds engage in carefully planned skirmishes.
The sound from the guns is deafening, together with explosions that blow holes in the ground and filling the
air with dirt and smoke is certainly adrenaline pumping action.

The battle re-enactment takes place on both days and combines men and machinery in a well rehearsed fight. Tanks roar in from one side, while the opposition open fire from the other, this is as realistic as it gets!

Arena events

Vehicle display

A large selection of the machines on display are driven around the event arena, where running commentary will keep you informed of all the facts and figures. See these beautifully restored machines roar into life.



Static Displays
Arena events
Static display


See up close a hugh variety of displays, the attention  to detail is amazing. All the owners of these displays are passionate about the past, If you need to find out more then please go and talk them its why they are there.

Living History
Arena events
Living History

Experience the past

When you walk from one display to another it gives you a sense of what it must have been like all those years ago, but meeting the characters in their full costume/uniform is not to be missed. You will certainly meet some incredible characters walking amoungst you.

We always encourage our guests to come dressed up!

Model machines
Model Spitfire


Scaled down models of vehicles and aircraft will be on display, with some of the aircraft taking off down the runway.

The models have been recreated after hundreds of dedicated hours building them. Even when you look up close they are remarkable


The Tigers


"Hold onto your seats and prepare yourselves for one of the most exciting in air spectacles..."

...Experienced parachutists from The Kent based Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment's Parachute display team - "The Tigers" - will be 'dropping' into the arena, smoke trailing, flags flying, performing amazing formations both in the air and under the parachute.

The Tigers have many various display routines, all dynamic in style and will hold you captivated throughout the entire routine. With an equally exciting commentary provided by one of the team members. You will have the opportunity to witness one of the most awe inspiring arena displays.  





The N147DC will be at the event.  This aircraft has been the star of many major films and TV series since owned by Aces High including :-

Airline as G-AGHY
Miss Marple
The Forth Arm
Spies Like Us
Quantum Of Solace
The Da Vinci Code
The Guernsey Literay and Potato Peel Pie Society 
Pilots please note:

If you are a pilot and wish to fly into any of our events at the Aerodrome, you must purchase an event ticket and book in in advance.

Slots are very limited!



Gate Tickets Prices:

Single day and weekend pricing

£Free Infant

- 4 years

£8.00 / £12.00 Child

 5 to 14 years

£15.00 / £20.00 Adult

15 years to 59 years

£12.00 / £18.00 OAP

60 years and over

£34.00 / £40.00 Family

2x adults and 2x children

  • £2.50 booking fee per booking applies
  • 10% discount  for parties of 10 or more
  • Family ticket is 2 x adults and 2 x children
  • Online booking only available up to 12 noon Friday 17th August 2018
  • Military Personnel with a valid ID card go FREE
  • IMPS members with a valid card go free

VIP ticket holders will benefit from reserved parking, a private entrance and viewing area. A Hurricane or Spitfire will be in the VIP area, with a pilot available to give an interview. VIPs can walk around the aircraft, take pictures and see a running Merlin engine up close.

IMPS & Combined Ops
IMPS is a society of enthusiasts dedicated to the preservation and restoration of military vehicles from all periods, but mainly from WW 1 to the present day, regardless of the nation which produced or used them.
The achievement for many of the members comes from returning these historic vehicles to as near as possible (within limits) their original condition.
In fact some of the more unusual vehicles owned by members can truly be described as unique in that they are the only surviving examples.
The club takes part in many rallies and commemorative events each year and is keeping a part of history alive. For more information please click here.
Non Members welcome
If you have a vehicle you wish to display, please click here VEHICLE FORM or if you are part of a Living History Re-enactment Group then please click here LIVING HISTORY then just download the form and send back.  You must book prior to arriving.
Traders and Stall Holders
To book a stall at Combined Ops, please fill in the form and email or post back. TRADE STAND 
Combined Ops logo

Combined Ops

The Combined Ops show started at Headcorn Aerodrome in 2009 and was an instant success with both the public and the IMPS members. The event was designed to combine all of the military vehicles regularly shown at various events, but with the added bonus of vintage aircraft all in one incredible show.

Every year the event goes from strength to strength, as we add more exciting displays and activities for all the family to see.

Its a full day of entertainment

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Aero Legends

Book a flying experience of a lifetime!

Aero Legends has its operation based at Lashenden (Headcorn) Airfield, the last grass wartime airfield left in Kent and offers customers the opportunity to experience the iconic British aircraft of World War II.

Aero Legends offers a unique experience of being able to fly in and with the training and combat aircraft that the RAF used during WWII. Customers have a broad selection of options ranging from a short flight in a Tiger Moth through to the full experience package of Tiger Moth, Harvard and Spitfire.

For more information on Aero Legends or to book an experience of a lifetime please visit  

Whats on

The show is spread out across many acres and has a vast array of exciting displays and exhibits, together with a large variety of stalls to purchase those all important goodies. 

Main Event Arena
From the time the gates open, to when we close, there is always something to see in our event arena        
  • IMPS Members vehicles on Parade
  • The Armour Rolls out. Wheeled and Tracked armour.
  • Hail to the Jeep. In all their different forms
  • Runway Extravaganza
  • Military Lightweights, the Land Rovers
  • Big Boys Toys. The Scamells at Play
  • The Funnies. All the unusual vehicles
  • The Arena Battle Finale
Flying displays from previous events include:
  • Vulcan Bomer Display
  • Lancaster bomber
  • Red Arrows full Display
  • BBMF full Display
  • Spitfire Display
  • Harvard T6 Texan Display
  • Tiger Moth Display
  • Model Planes
Please note
All displays are subject to weather and availability. This can be cancelled or changed at any time without notice. Also we cannot give flying times due to weather and serviceability constraints.
  • Flights in de Havilland Devon 

The Devon aircraft was developed for the RAF from the civil de Havilland Dove 4 as a light communications and transport aircraft. Perfect for sightseeing, all seats have a window, giving each passenger clear views of the landscape beneath. You can book a flight on the day!


Burger  Food and Drinks

We have a wide range of delicious food outlets, providing burgers, fries, sandwiches, pizzas, Chinese noodles and many more. We also have and extensive bar in our marquee with seated area inside and out. Our resident DJ playing some swinging sounds. Join in on the dance floor if you’re feeling energetic, the DJ encoureges everyone to take part. 


New Camping, Carvan & Motorhome site in Weald of Kent

 travelling by carTravelling By Car Headcorn Aerodrome is just 15 minutes south of Junction 8 of the M20. Shenley road can be found off the A274 Biddenden Road approximately 1 mile south of Headcorn village. FREE PARKING 
Address as follows:
Headcorn Aerodrome Shenley Road Headcorn Ashford Kent TN27 9HX           
 southeastern trainsTravelling By Train Southeastern trains run frequent services to and from Headcorn station which is only a 1.5 miles away. Please check their website for further details.             Click here for further details.
 Travelling By Bus Arriva buses run frequent services to and from Headcorn Aerodrome. Please check their website for further details. Click here for further details.

 TaxiTravelling By Taxi
MTC Taxis are based in Headcorn. To book please call 01622 890003 



Dogs are welcome to the event, but must always be on their leads. Please bear in mind there will be lots of loud bangs and noises, which may cause distress to your dog.

Photography and filming is permitted for personal use only.

Booking - Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance through our website or you can pay on the gate on the day.

Fires and BBQs Fires and BBQs are not permitted in the grounds.

Camping Camping is permitted for I.M.P.S members only and is strictly by pre-booking only. No overnight stay is permitted in the Aerodrome grounds.

Disabled Facilities We have designated parking area available and WC facilities. However, please be aware that Headcorn is a grass airfield. 

Lashenden Air Warfare Museum The Lashenden Air Warfare Museum is free to enter and will be open both days. The Museum is one of the longest established aviation museums in the country, having been formed in 1970. For more museum information click here

Biddenden Tractorfest is also taking place on the 19 and 20 August at Beech Lane Field, Biddenden. For more information telephone 07934 270500 or click here to visit their website.