Combined Ops 2014

Event Date (16th August 2014)

Event Time (10:00 AM)

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Combined Ops 2014

Combined Ops 2014 - SATURDAY

Tickets for Saturday 16th August 2014

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Combined Ops 2011

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th August 2014

Kent's only Military Vehicle and Airshow a truly unique experience!

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 and children's mini tanks and food stalls to make this a perfect day out.

 The Air Display

Vintage aircraft

Vintage Aircraft 

One the most amazing sights in the skies is always the arrival of the Lancaster and Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF). The RAF's Lancaster is one of the only two airworthy Lancaster’s out of the thousands that were ever built and we are honoured and excited to have the only other airworthy Lancaster in the world! (the Avro Lancaster from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum) attend both Saturday and Sunday and provide a full display with the other BBMF aircraft. This will be one of the very few opportunities to see both Lancasters flying together in the UK.
The Aerodrome attracts lots of vintage aircraft, some come from all over the country.  Throughout each day aircraft are always landing and taking off, its certainly a busy weekend for air traffic control. If you have never been close to these amazing machines and their pilots then now is the time.
 Whats on
Some of the aircraft

All aircraft are subject to weather and operational constraints

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF)

Two Lancasters, Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane from the BBMF 

Red Arrows
Red Arrows fly past
Bucker Bestmann
Bucker Bestmann

Bucker Bestmann
G-TPWX, built in 1966 under licence by Heliopolis Air Works, No 183, as a BU-181Mk6. Used by the Egyptian Airforce until imported back to Germany in 1990, and returned to civil use. Current owner has had her sympathetically restored to a Luftwaffe colour scheme of A/B 32 Flying School Oldenburg Germany. This aircraft is the same as the aircraft used in the film the Great Escape.

With several other static vintage aircraft that will be attending the event, together with some surprise guest aircraft.

Bucker Bestmann
Nanchang CJ6A
Bucker Bestmann
PIK 20D Glider Aerobatic Display
100th Anniversary of the start of WW1
With 2014 being the anniversary of the outbreak of World War, amongst other things, we will be marking this momentous event with:
"The Lest We Forget Tank" a working, scaled replica of a British Mark IV tank. 
Also, "The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment Living History Group" (50th & 97th) has been formed by a number of like-minded living historians who share a passionate interest in the period and the Regiments of Kent will be displaying at this year Combined Ops Military event.
When the bell rings...
When the bell rings
When the bell rings
When the bell rings
When the bell rings


Across the country were dotted hundreds of strategically placed airfields, like Headcorn. They all played a vital part in providing air support and protecting our coastline from the invading enemy.

We re-enact those moments in history where our brave airmen jumped into their aircraft and took to the skies.
  • Air Command keeping an eye on the skies above
  • Aircrew on standby
  • The Bell rings
  • Aircrew spring into action
Event Arena
Arena events
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.

Arena battle
Arena battle


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!

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
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


Tickets are now available on the gate only (limited numbers Saturday).


For up to the minute timings on the Lancasters please click here to visit the BBMF website. 


Gate prices

Tickets after 6.00PM 15th August 2014 will be available to purchase on the gate


Upto 4 years

£9.00 Child

 5 years to 15 years

£12.00 Adult

16 years to 59 years

£9.00 OAP

60 years and over

£29.00 Family

2 x adults and 2 x children

  • Family ticket is 2 x adults and 2 x children
  • children up to 4 years go free
  • Online booking only available upto 6.00PM 15th August 2014
  • Military Personnel with a valid ID card go FREE
  • IMPS members with a valid card go free
  • Free parking
IMPS & Combined Ops
IMPS is first and foremost 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 or a stall/trade stand then please click here and download the appropriate participant entry form.
You must book prior to arriving.
To book a stall at Combined Ops, please click here then click on Exhibiters/Traders.
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

For further information please click here

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
Some examples of the flying displays
  • Battle of Britain Memorial flight with the only 2 airworthy Lancaster's in the world!
  • Pik Glider Display
  • Turbulent Team flying Display
  • The Nanchang Chinese Trainer
  • Model Planes
Red Arrows, Sea King helicopter, together with a variety of guest vintage aircraft.
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.

  • Canadian Lancaster joins BBMF

We are delighted to announce that the Avro Lancaster that flew to England from Canada last week, will be providing a full display with other aircraft from the BBMF this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Avro Lancaster, from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, will join the only other airworthy Lancaster in the world, owned and operated by the RAF's renowned BBMF, so it will be one of the very few opportunities to see both flying together in the UK!



    • Dragon Rapide Rides

    The Dragon Rapide is one of the best loved pre-war aircraft and one of the first commercial airliners.  They were a favourite of the rich and famous.  Meticulously restored to comply with modern regulations they seat eight passengers in a style few air travellers can remember.  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!


  • Tank rides
Experience the thrill of driving around in a huge tank
  • Mini tank rides
A real favourite for the kids...Mini tanks that they can drive safely around a circuit.
Tank rides
A large variety of food 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. 
 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           
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 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.
 TaxiTravelling By Taxi
MTC Taxis are based in Headcorn. To book please call 01622 890003 Click here for further details.
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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 Photography and filming is permitted for personal use only. Children The event is designed for all age groups and all are welcome. Booking Booking your tickets is easy on our website, save, however you can purchase your tickets on the gate on either 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 We have disabled parking and WC facilities. Although most of the ground is flat, the event is all on grass. 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