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AIRSHOW NEWS: Experience the unique atmosphere of the Flying Legends Air Show 2014

The Flying Legends Air Show is famous the world over for its unique presentation of historic piston-engined aircraft in rare combinations and remarkable flying displays.

Complementing the ‘wow!’ factor in the air is the authentic 1940s ambience that is enjoyed throughout the weekend. It’s the closest you can get to being back at RAF Duxford in its flying heyday. Here’s a taste of the unique atmosphere you can enjoy throughout the weekend.

Make yourself at home in our Vintage Village The Vintage Village is the perfect place to sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

The Manhattan Dolls make a welcome return to the Flying Legends Air Show, jetting in from New York to thrill the crowds with memorable 1930s and 1940s songs. Their first-class forties style and uncanny Andrews Sisters vocals bring a Home Front flavour back to our historic
hangar base.

The Winslow Concert Band will perform Swing and Big Band hits of the 1930s and 1940s. We’d love to see you all up and dancing or singing along in true wartime spirit.

There’s a couple of likely characters causing havoc in the Vintage Village this year, who you might recognise as Hollywood legends Laurel and Hardy. Haurel and Lardy lookalikes Jem Frazer (Ollie) and Graeme Hardy (Stan) are ardent Laurel and Hardy fans. They are considered by many to be the best Laurel and Hardy tribute act in the world. Prepare to come face-to-face with the kings of slapstick comedy. Here’s a taste of the fun to come.

Climb aboard the Home Front Bus for a trip back to the 1940s Home Front. As you explore this classic double-decker bus, you’ll see detailed reconstructions of a 1940s living room, a wartime shop, a bombed-out street and an air raid shelter. Containing period features and artefacts, the Home Front Bus replicates the sights, sounds and smells of the Home Front, creating an authentic trip back in time.

Make-up and hair styling expert Alice Cormie will be demonstrating vintage hair dos and glamorous make up fit for a forties pin up. Enter into the spirit of the Vintage Village with an elegant wartime look. You can’t beat a victory roll and a jolly red lipstick for a touch of patriotic glamour.

Complete your 1940s experience by sitting in a replica Supermarine Spitfire. Have your photograph taken as a special memory of your nostalgic day. Sit in a Spitfire costs £15 per person.

Adjacent to the Vintage Village will be a static display of up to 20 First and Second World War model aircraft. These precise miniatures range from 1/5 scale up to 1/3 scale. The display includes a 1/3 scale P-51 Mustang which was used in the film Empire of the Sun.

Our picnic area has traditional deckchair seating and jauntily decorated picnic tables, enabling you to luncheon in comfort. Enjoy the taste of summer with a glass or two from our Pimms Bar.

Why not pre-order a picnic lunch or afternoon tea from our catering partners Elior and dine in style? Elior’s Keep Calm and Picnic Box offers the perfect picnic lunch for two, with a smoked salmon and potato salad, asparagus and pecorino cheese tart, three bean salad, homemade chocolate brownie, strawberries and cream and traditional lemonade, all served in a disposable hamper including cutlery, plates and glasses. A picnic lunch for two costs £26.50. Please place your order a minimum of three working days prior to the Flying Legends Air Show. Your Keep Calm and Picnic Box can then be collected on the day, anytime from 11am, from Wing Co Joe’s Café.

New for this year is the Keep Calm and Drink Tea afternoon tea experience. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea as you watch glorious historic aircraft soar in the skies above you. The Afternoon Tea box includes a range of dainty finger sandwiches (free range egg and watercress, gammon
ham and wholegrain mustard, cream cheese and cucumber), macaroons, homemade chocolate brownie and a selection of tea time cakes with a pot of English Garden tea. Your afternoon tea comes complete with a union flag tablecloth and an enamelware tea pot and mug to add to the vintage feel. Afternoon tea costs £16.50 per person and is served in either Wing Co Joe’s Café or The Mess Restaurant from 2.30pm. Please place your order a minimum of three working days prior to the Flying Legends Air Show.

To book your Keep Calm and Picnic picnic lunch for two or your Keep Calm and Drink Tea afternoon tea please contact Elior directly at duxfordevents@elior.com or by calling 01223 497 501.

The Bremont Flight Lounge

Make your visit to the Flying Legends Air Show even more memorable by purchasing tickets to the exclusive Bremont Flight Lounge. In addition to entry to the Flying Legends Air Show and the whole museum, you’ll also receive priority car parking close to the Bremont Flight Lounge and access to a private luxury marquee and garden with unrivalled views of the thrilling flying display.

You’ll be offered coffee and biscuits on arrival and you’ll have access to the flight line walk from 9am to 12.30pm, where you can get a closer look at the stunning historic aircraft that will be participating in the afternoon’s flying display.

Following a drinks reception with canapés, you’ll enjoy a gourmet buffet lunch with a choice of red or white wine. Relax in our television viewing area and peruse the daily newspapers and magazines on offer, or pore over your complimentary Flying Legends Air Show souvenir programme.

There’s afternoon tea, a complimentary bar serving wine, beer and soft drinks, and private luxury toilets within the Bremont Flight Lounge enclosure.

Entry to the Bremont Lounge costs £225 plus VAT per person per day. To book tickets for the Bremont Flight Lounge please email flyvip@fighter-collection.com

Gold Pass

Gold Pass offers relaxed entertaining at its best. Enjoy a first-rate view of the flying action and access to our hospitality marquee, which will cater for all your refreshment needs. Choose a delicious dish from our in-house Gourmet Deli Bar or bring your own picnic lunch and relax in
comfort as you enjoy the afternoon’s flying display.

You’ll have access to VIP parking, will receive a complimentary copy of the Flying Legends Air Show souvenir programme and will enjoy entry to the flight line walk. When the flying display commences, you’ll be at the heart of the action in our seated outdoor garden enclosure.

Due to popular demand, we’ve increased the capacity for Gold Pass this year.

Ticket Prices are:

One Day Gold Pass £80
One Day Gold Pass with lunch £111.50
Two Day Gold Pass £145
Two Day Gold Pass with lunch £208

Gold Pass tickets can be purchased online at iwm.org.uk or by calling our box office on 01223 499 353.

We’ll be announcing the flying programme for the 2014 Flying Legends Air Show soon!

AIRSHOW NEWS: Duxford D-Day Anniversary Show Participation (01/04/2014)

The D-Day Anniversary Air Show commemorates the 70th anniversary of this decisive military campaign, demonstrating the vital role that aerial warfare played in the invasion of Normandy.

The air show will feature fighter, bomber and transport aircraft types that would have been seen over the beaches of France. Confirmed participation to date includes Douglas Dakota, Douglas Skytrain x4, Supermarine Spitfire x 5, a Supermarine Seafire and Piper L-4 Cub x 4.

The Red Devils will perform a parachute drop from a Douglas Dakota as part of this commemorative flying display.

16 Air Assault Brigade will present thrilling ground content, showcasing the Parachute Regiment’s contemporary capabilities.

IWM Duxford will be open from 8am to 6pm. The flying display will start at approximately 2pm and finish at approximately 5.30pm, leaving plenty of time in the morning to explore the whole of the museum and our exhibition spaces. You can also enjoy great shopping experience at our trade stands and take part in activities across the site.

Flying participation by aircraft type and operator

  • Douglas Dakota III and The Red Devils – The Red Devils supported by the Battle of Britain
    Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby
  • Douglas C-47A Skytrain – Aces High
  • Douglas C-47A Skytrain – Dakota Heritage
  • Douglas C-47A Skytrain – National Warplane Museum, Geneseo, New York
  • Douglas C-47A Skytrain – TBC
  • Supermarine Spitfire IX
    Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby
  • Supermarine Spitfire IXT – Air Leasing
  • Supermarine Spitfire IX – Old Flying Machine Company
  • Supermarine Spitfire IXT – Aircraft Restoration Company / Historic Flying Ltd
  • Supermarine Spitfire IX – Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd
  • Supermarine Seafire XVII – Kennet Aviation
  • Piper L-4 Cub – FrazerBlades
  • Piper L-4 Cub – R Roberts
  • Piper L-4 Cub – Charlie November Cub Group
  • Piper L-4 Cub – Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd
  • AgustaWestland WAH-64D Apache AH1 – 3 Regiment, Army Air Corps, Wattisham
  • Hawker Hurricane – Historic Aircraft Collection
  • Hispano Buchon (Messerschmitt Bf 109) – Aircraft Restoration Company / Historic Flying Ltd
  • Fairey Swordfish
    Royal Navy Historic Flight, RNAS Yeovilton
  • Grumman FM-2 Wildcat – The Fighter Collection
  • North American P-51D Mustang Ferocious Frankie – Old Flying Machine Company
  • North American TF-51D Mustang Miss Velma – The Fighter Collection
  • Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B – B-17 Preservation
  • Eurofighter Typhoon – 29(R) Squadron, RAF Coningsby
  • Auster Autocrat – D & M Miller

Tickets are available from http://www.iwm.org.uk/duxford – for ticket prices click here.

AIRSHOW NEWS: IWM Duxford air shows announced for 2014

We are delighted to announce our air show season for 2014.

We start, in May, by commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in magnificent style. July sees the nostalgia spectacular that is the Flying Legends Air Show while The Duxford Air Show, in September, offers a celebration of all things flying.

Tickets for all three air shows are now on sale. If you need your tickets delivered in time for Christmas, we recommend that you buy them before Friday 13 December, for UK delivery.

The D-Day Anniversary Air Show
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May

The D-Day Anniversary Air Show commemorates the 70th anniversary of this decisive military campaign, demonstrating the vital role that aerial warfare played in the invasion of Normandy.

The air show will feature fighter, bomber and transport aircraft types that would have been seen over the beaches of France, together with thrilling ground content, including a march past by Normandy veterans and serving personnel from the Parachute Regiment. This special D-Day anniversary air show is not to be missed.

Flying Legends Air Show
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July

The Flying Legends Air Show is famous the world over for its unique presentation of historic piston-engined aircraft in rare combinations and remarkable flying displays. Complimenting the ‘wow!’ factor in the air is the authentic 1940s atmosphere that can be experienced across the museum. It’s the closest you can get to being back at RAF Duxford in its flying heyday.

The flying display promises an unmissable fusion of power, sound, excitement and nostalgia as iconic piston-engined aircraft from across the globe perform their breathtaking flights over IWM Duxford’s historic airfield.

The Duxford Air Show
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September

The Duxford Air Show is a celebration of aviation in its many diverse and varied forms. Combinations of historic aircraft, contemporary jets, mind-boggling aerobatics and those quirky, did-I-really-just-see-that displays make The Duxford Air Show an entertaining aerial spectacle with a fabulous family atmosphere.

Air show tickets and hospitality passes are now on sale and can be purchased online at iwm.org,uk

The D-Day Anniversary Air Show

The recommended last booking date for overseas postal delivery is Friday 9 May.
The off-sale date (and last date for UK postal delivery) is Tuesday 13 May.

Purchase your tickets in advance and receive one free child ticket with every adult ticket purchased.
You’ll also enjoy 10% off ‘on the day’ ticket prices.

Advance ticket prices:

Adult (16 or over) £24.75
Child (5 to 15 years) £16.30
Disabled £16.30

Flying Legends Air Show

The recommended last booking date for overseas postal delivery is Friday 27 June.
The off-sale date (and last date for UK postal delivery) is Tuesday 1 July.

Purchase your tickets in advance and enjoy 10% off ‘on the day’ ticket prices.

Advance ticket prices:

Adult (16 or over) £31.05
Senior (aged 60 or over) £24.30
Child (5 to 15 years) £16.30
Disabled £16.30

The Duxford Air Show

The recommended last booking date for overseas postal delivery is Friday 29 August.
The off-sale date (and last date for UK postal delivery) is Tuesday 2 September.

Purchase your tickets in advance and receive one free child ticket with every adult ticket purchased.
You’ll also enjoy 10% off ‘on the day’ ticket prices.

Advance ticket prices:

Adult (16 or over) £24.75
Child (5 to 15 years) £16.30
Disabled £16.30

VIP Packages for The D-Day Anniversary Air Show and The Duxford Air Show

Enjoy a very special air show experience with our range of hospitality passes which offer the best seats in the house at The D-Day Anniversary Air Show (Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May) and The Duxford Air Show (Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September).

Gold Pass offers relaxed entertaining at its best. Enjoy a first-rate view of the flying action and access to our hospitality marquee, which will cater for all your refreshment needs. Choose a delicious dish from our in-house Gourmet Deli Bar or bring your own picnic lunch and relax in comfort as you enjoy the afternoon’s flying display.

Purchase your Gold Pass tickets before Tuesday 31 December to benefit from our 2013 price freeze.
Tickets bought this year will be charged at 2013 ticket prices; from January, 2014 ticket prices will apply.

Gold Pass – 2013 price freeze prices:

Adult one day Gold Pass £75
Adult one day Gold Pass with meal £103
Adult two day Gold Pass £130
Adult two day Gold Pass with meal £186

Silver Pass has been created specifically with families in mind. Enjoy all the atmosphere and activities that the air show has to offer, with the convenience of the Silver Pass marquee. There will also be activities in the Silver Pass marquee to entertain all the family and a refreshment point selling drinks and snacks.

Purchase your Silver Pass tickets before Tuesday 31 December to benefit from our 2013 price freeze.
Tickets bought this year will be charged at 2013 ticket prices; from January, 2014 ticket prices will apply.

Adult one day Silver Pass £50
Child one day Silver Pass £15
Family one day Silver Pass £110
Adult two day Silver Pass £90
Child two day Silver Pass £25
Family two day Silver Pass £210

VIP Packages for the Flying Legends Air Show

Our unique range of hospitality passes offer two very special air show experiences with a grandstand view at the Flying Legends Air Show (Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July).

The Bremont Flight Lounge, which is only available at the Flying Legends Air Show, offers guests an elegant and luxurious setting in prime position for the flying action. Join your guests in our tastefully themed luxury marquee. Enjoy the very best hospitality, starting with an aperitif and canapes reception, followed by a gourmet delicatessen-style buffet and concluding with an afternoon tea.

Sit back and relax in the comfort of the Bremont Flight Lounge garden while you enjoy an unrivalled view of our thrilling flying display.

To book tickets for the Bremont Flight Lounge please email flyvip@fighter-collection.com

Gold Pass offers relaxed entertaining at its best. Enjoy a first-rate view of the flying action and access to our hospitality marquee, which will cater for all your refreshment needs. Choose a delicious dish from our in-house Gourmet Deli Bar or bring your own picnic lunch and relax in comfort as you enjoy the afternoon’s flying display.

Purchase your Gold Pass tickets before Tuesday 31 December to benefit from our 2013 price freeze.
Tickets bought this year will be charged at 2013 ticket prices; from January, 2014 ticket prices will apply.

Gold Pass – 2013 price freeze prices:

Adult one day Gold Pass £75
Adult one day Gold Pass with meal £106.50
Adult two day Gold Pass £135
Adult two day Gold Pass with meal £198

NEWS: The First World War Uncovered Special Interest Day at IWM Duxford

The First World War Uncovered Special Interest Day

The inspiration for Biggles; the lesser-known role of the French Army in the trenches and how to read photographs of your military ancestors

Saturday 23 November
Commencing at 10.30am

In the Marshall Auditorium in AirSpace

The First World War Uncovered looks at different aspects of the Great War with three authoritative speakers.

Dr Geoff Hales looks at the career of Captain W E Johns, a bomber pilot in the Royal Flying Corps who was most famous for his fictional aviation character, Major James Bigglesworth, known to many childhood fans as Biggles.

Johns’ career was equally exciting as that of Biggles. He was an infantryman at Gallipoli and Salonika and then joined the Royal Flying Corps. He survived crashes in training and in combat before being shot down, captured and threatened with a firing squad.

Dr Hales’ talk weaves together the careers of W E Johns and his fictional hero, taking them beyond their days in the Royal Flying Corps and into their future endeavours.

Jonathan Krause is a Lecturer in Strategic Studies at the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell. An expert on the French Army in the First World War, his book Early Trench Tactics in the French Army is the first in the English language to look at how the French Army developed its own system of trench warfare.

In 1914, the French Army had over 60 divisions fighting on the Western Front, totaling over two million men in uniform. By comparison, the British Expeditionary Force had a mere six divisions, four infantry and two cavalry. Even by 1918, the French still maintained nine armies on the Western Front, compared to five British, two American and one Belgian.

Such a heavy and sustained deployment of men led to approximately 1.3 million Frenchmen dying in the Great War; an average of some 890 per day. The French effort was enormous and yet, argues Krause, it remains grossly underrepresented in the history books.

Jonathan Krause will discuss the efforts of the French Army from 1914 to 1916 and how the French trench warfare techniques differed in comparison to those of the British and German armies.

Neil Storey will be looking at how to interpret photographs of family members in uniform. He will give advice on how to identify the roles of family members in the First World War using the clues to be found in their photographs. He will also explain how to further develop your family military research.

Neil Storey has been a specialist collector of medals and militaria for almost thirty years. His knowledge is nationally respected and he has appeared on numerous BBC radio and television programmes.

Neil writes regular features for Family Tree Magazine. He wrote the acclaimed book Military Photographs and How to Date Them and is a regular expert at the prestigious Who Do You Think You Are? Live! family history event at Olympia.

Places on the First World War Uncovered Special Interest Day must be booked in advance. Ticket prices include entry to the museum.

Ticket Prices:

Adults £21.50
Child £9.90
Senior £16.40
Student £13.20
UB40 £13.20
Disabled £13.20
Carer £9.90

For more information, please visit http://www.iwm.org.uk/duxford

EDITOR’S BLOG: 40 years of IWM Duxford Airshows – 2003 Archives Part 2

2003 was certainly a memorable year for the IWM Duxford team. Thier September show celebrated 100 Years of Powered flights with an impressive display featuring a wide spectrum of aircraft including displays looking at the inspiration of flight. The stand out display of the show was the South African Boeing 747-100 “Springbok 100″ which gave a dramatic UK debut display.

40th Anniversary of IWM Duxford Airshows – 2003 [Part 2] from Flightline UK on Vimeo.

This past weekend saw IWM Duxford hold its Autumn Air Show celebrating the last 40 years of airshows at the site. A full Flightline UK review will appear within the next two weeks.

EDITOR’S BLOG: 40 years of IWM Duxford Airshows: 2003 Archives – Part 1

Tomorrow will see the Duxford Autumn Air Show celebrate 40 years of airshows organised by IWM Duxford. To mark the anniversary we’ve been posting some archive material of IWM Duxford Airshows over those 40 years and this time it is our first of two looks at 2003.

40th Anniversary of IWM Duxford Airshows – 2003 [Part 1] from Flightline UK on Vimeo.


To find out more about the Duxford Autumn Air Show, please visit http://www.iwm.org.uk/duxford

EDITOR’S BLOG: 40 Years of IWM Duxford Airshows – 1990s Archive Footage

We continue our look back at IWM Duxford Airshows from the last 40 years with a look from the 1990′s period. This Sunday’s Autumn Air Show a IWM Duxford will celebrate this important anniversary and to find out more, please visit http://www.iwm.org.uk/duxford

40th Anniversary of IWM Duxford Airshows – The 1990s from Flightline UK on Vimeo.

AIRSHOW NEWS: Canberra XH134 to fly in closing display of the year at IWM Duxford Autumn Air Show this weekend

The Midair Squadron’s Canberra XH134 will perform its last public display of the season at the IWM Duxford Autumn Air Show on Sunday 13th October. Celebrating 40 years of air shows at IWM Duxford, XH134 will perform alongside other significant British aircraft including the Hawker Hurricane, a Gloster Gladiator and a variety of Spitfires.

Designed as the RAF’s first jet bomber, the Canberra had an exceptional career spanning 55 years of active service, before retiring in July 2006. Whilst serving in the RAF, the Canberra was responsible for strategic photographic reconnaissance, pilot training and enemy radar jamming and became one of Britain’s most successful and enduring jet combat aircraft. Following a complete restoration by C2 Aviation, XH134 will fly in the recently unveiled silver colour scheme of the new display team, the Midair Squadron.

Aircraft owner, Mike Davis, comments, “I’m delighted the Canberra is able to display this weekend and celebrate alongside an excess of historic British aviation excellence. A Canberra took part in the very first air show at IWM Duxford in October 1973, so it is a fitting tribute that she is back this weekend.”

In September, XH134 flew her inaugural public display at the Goodwood Revival, showcasing her new livery to an eager audience, and will shortly be flanked by two Hawker Hunter T7s in the Midair Squadron line up.

The recently launched website – www.midair-squadron.com – contains detailed information on each of the aircraft and their capabilities, plus video footage and images of the Canberra in action. For further information about the Autumn Air Show please go to iwm.org.uk.

EDITOR’S BLOG: 40 Years of IWM Duxford Airshows – 1975 Archive Footage

This weekend sees the IWM Duxford Autumn Airshow which will be celebrating 40 years of IWM organised airshows at the famous Cambridgeshire airfield.

To celebrate this important milestone, Duxford have released some footage from their collections of some of their airshows over those forty years and we start off with a look at the 1975 footage.

40th Anniversary of IWM Duxford Airshows – 1975 from Flightline UK on Vimeo.

For more information on this weekend’s Duxford Autumn Air Show, please visit http://www.iwm.org.uk/duxford

AIRSHOW NEWS: Duxford Autumn Air Show – Celebrating 40 years of IWM Duxford air shows

Not only does the Autumn Air Show (Sunday 13 October) close this year’s flying season but it also marks 40 years since the first air show was staged at IWM Duxford.

We’ve a huge number of aircraft taking part in the celebrations, including many of the types that were present at that very first air show on 14 October 1973.

The Royal Navy Historic Flight’s (RNHF) Fairey Swordfish appeared at that first air show and, forty years on,the same aircraft flies at this year’s Autumn Air Show. The RNHF also flew a Hawker Sea Fury at the 1973 air show and will replicate that display in a Hawker T20 Sea Fury 40 years later. There is contemporary naval participation from 702 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, with a display by a Westland Lynx helicopter.

We’re delighted to feature the English Electric Canberra XH134, owned by Midair Squadron, which flies for only the second time following a major restoration. It represents the Canberra that flew at that first Duxford air show under the auspices of No.100 Squadron.

The Gloster Gladiator was also one of the aircraft on display at that first air show. It is represented by The Fighter Collection’s Gloster Gladiator, which flew for the first time, following restoration, at this year’s Flying Legends Air Show.

It wouldn’t be an IWM Duxford air show without a number of Supermarine Spitfires taking to the air. Back in 1973, the RAF presented a flying display with one Supermarine Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane. At this year’s Autumn Air Show, we present five Spitfires and a Hawker Hurricane, in our time-honoured tribute to the pilots who flew from RAF Duxford during the Battle of Britain.

The Royal Air Force has been present at many of IWM Duxford’s air shows since that first show in 1973. At the Autumn Air Show, the RAF is represented through a spirited display by a Shorts Tucano from 72 (R) Squadron, RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

Back in the 1970s, the sight of a P-51 Mustang was a rare treat on British shores. The first Mustang appeared at the Duxford 77 display, having flown across the Atlantic for the occasion. The North American P-51D Mustang which will display at the Autumn Air Show is now owned by resident organisation The Old Flying Machine Company. It was previously owned by The Fighter Collection, also based at IWM Duxford, and was the founding aircraft of that organisation’s fleet of aircraft.

If you’ve been to IWM Duxford air shows before, you are bound to have seen the rip-roaring performance by Heritage Aviation Developments’ Hawker Hunter Miss Demeanour, in its vibrant livery. A real crowd-pleaser, it flies at the Autumn Air Show to represent the RAF’s Hawker Hunter which flew at the 1973 Duxford air show.

In 1973, the Army Air Corps presented a helicopter handling demonstration with a Westland Scout helicopter. For our 40th anniversary air show the Corps presents a contemporary flying display by the AgustaWestland WAH-64D Apache helicopter.

The North American Harvard and de Havilland Chipmunk aircraft have been regular attendees at IWM Duxford air shows over the past 40 years. The Autumn Air Show features Harvards from resident companies The Fighter Collection and Aircraft Restoration Company. The latter also brings a de Havilland Chipmunk to the flying display.

Aircraft Restoration Company’s Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun first flew at Duxford in 1975. It was a regular sight at Duxford air shows under the ownership of Lindsay Walton and it will once again delight the crowds at the Autumn Air Show.

We also showcase a variety of the aircraft restored and flown by our flying partners, who have been an integral part of Duxford’s flying heritage for many of the past 40 years.

B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B has been resident at IWM Duxford since 1975, longer than any other airworthy historic aircraft. A great favourite amongst our air show visitors, Sally B performs an elegant display in honour of the thousands of young Americans who gave their lives in the Second World War.

Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina, operated by Plane Sailing Air Displays Limited, celebrated its 70th birthday in August. It has recently enjoyed worldwide celebrity, as it successfully completed the Circuit of Britain flight, 100 years after it was first attempted in a Sopwith Waterplane.

David and Mark Miller have been restoring aircraft at IWM Duxford for 27 years. Mark flies their de Havilland Dragon Rapide and also their Auster Autocrat G-AGTO, which has been based at Duxford since 1978.

The Grumman F8F Bearcat is one of the historic fighter aircraft most associated with IWM Duxford. It was amongst the first aircraft to be owned by The Fighter Collection and is most famous as the aircraft of choice for Stephen Grey when performing his famous ‘joker’ routine at the Flying Legends Air Show.

The Fighter Collection also presents its F4F Wildcat, Curtiss Hawk 75, Curtiss P40B, Curtiss Hawk P40F and Beechcraft Staggerwing.

Aircraft Restoration Company also displays its DHC-2 Beaver, built as a dependable utility aircraft designed to operate from short airstrips, on floats and skis.

The Autumn Air Show also features a display by two Hispano Buchon 109 aircraft, operated by Spitfire Limited and Aircraft Restoration Company/Historic Flying Limited. The sight of the Buchon aircraft flying over IWM Duxford’s historic airfield is always instantly reminiscent of the legendary 1968 film Battle of Britain, which was filmed on location at Duxford.

Other exciting flying displays adding to the celebratory flavour include the Red Bull Matadors in their Xtreme XA41 aircraft performing spectacular aerobatics; the Boeing PT-17 Stearman from Golden Apple Operations Limited in its familiar blue and yellow livery; a pair of North American T-28 Fennecs from Radial Revelations and Groupe Fennec; FrazerBlades’ Piper L-4 Cub; the small but perfectly formed LeVeir Cosmic Wind operated by Pete Kynsey and Anna Walker, a graceful and fast aerobatic racer aircraft; the Nieuport 17 replica, star of the film Fly Boys; and the North American F-86 Sabre operated by Golden Apple Operations, which is the world’s only airworthy ‘A’ model. It carries the distinctive colours used by the United States Air Force in Korea and flies at the Autumn Air Show during the 60th anniversary year of the end of the Korean War.

With a wide range of activities to enjoy before the flying starts and the whole museum open to explore, why not join us to celebrate 40 years of air shows at IWM Duxford?

Advance booking has now closed but you can pay on the gate as you join us this weekend

 

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