We’re delighted to announce details of the five Spitfires that will be on static display and taking to the air at Spitfires, Merlins and Motors on Sunday 28 July.

Taking centre stage will be the Old Flying Machine Company’s Supermarine Spitfire IX MH434, an IWM Duxford favourite which is celebrating its 70th anniversary year. MH434 has been based at IWM Duxford longer than any other Spitfire.

Joining MH434 on static display between 10am and 1.30pm will be Air Leasing’s Spitfire IXT, Historic Aircraft Collection’s Spitfire V and The Fighter Collection’s Spitfire XIV. Members of the Spitfire Society will be on hand to answer questions as you get a closer look at these historic aircraft.

During the afternoon, the Spitfires will take to the skies for short solo and duo displays.

You can also sit in a Spitfire owned by Aircraft Restoration Company. This rare opportunity is available between 10am and 11.45am and also between 2pm and 5pm. It costs £15 per person and includes a souvenir T-shirt and photo opportunity. All proceeds go to the Blenheim Restoration Fund.

See and hear the iconic Merlin engine up-close as a number of Merlin engines will be on dynamic display throughout the day.

Wander around our display of classic and contemporary cars. From pre-war vintage to classics of the future, these magnificent motors certainly have the wow factor! A focal point of the car display will be a display of vintage Rolls-Royce cars.

We’ll be bringing RAF Duxford’s wartime atmosphere to life with a number of costumed living history interpreters. In the Battle of Britain exhibition, you can meet costumed characters portraying a Squadron Leader in 1940, a Sergeant Pilot in 1944 and a female Air Transport Auxiliary pilot.

See an authentic Second World War RAF ground crew interactive display. A member of RAF ground crew will be on dispersal duty, looking relaxed with his Bakelite telephone, 1940s newspaper and wartime tea, but poised to ring his hand bell and call the RAF pilots to scramble to their aircraft! You may also hear him wind up the air raid siren as he looks out for enemy aeroplanes. The Flight Sergeant is very much in charge of operations as he orders the RAF airfield defence to guard the airfield and its valuable aircraft. The wartime ground crew will also be showing visitors how they re-arm a Spitfire ready for action.

Join us for a day of legendary aircraft, wartime nostalgia and magnificent motors.