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The Long Good Friday

Throughout 2006, The Imperial War Museum at Duxford will be holding a number of "Action Afternoons." These aren't full air displays as such being normal working days for the museum, however they do afford the opportunity of seeing some of the museum's collections at work. The first of these was held on Good Friday. Paul Johnson/Flightline UK headed to Duxford for some pre-season flying. All Photography copyright Paul Johnson/Flightline UK.

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Further "Action Afternoons" will be held on the following dates:-

  • Sunday 16th April
  • Monday 17th April
  • Sunday 30th April
  • Monday 1st May
  • Sunday 28th May
  • Monday 29th May
  • Sunday 16th July
  • Sunday 23rd July
  • Sunday 6th August
  • Sunday 20th August
  • Sunday 27th August
  • Monday 28th August
  • Sunday 10th September
  • Sunday 1st October

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The long wait for airshow goers is almost over. The days are slowly getting longer and many airshow acts are taking to the skies perfecting their shows for the start of season in May. Duxford can be a busy place sometimes during April with aircraft being air tested and pilots practising, but's it's pretty much hit and miss. For 2006 Duxford has introduced action afternoons to attract more people to the museum on normal working weekends and bank holidays and these started over the Easter holidays on Good Friday giving enthusiasts and public alike a sure fire way of seeing some early air displays. Later events will also include displays by some of Duxford historic armoured vehicles too.

The opening action afternoon saw bright sunny conditiions for pretty much the whole day. Much of the day saw pleasure and experience flights by Classic Wings' De Havilland Dragon Rapide and Tiger Moth. Around the hangers it was pretty evident that the collections were getting ready for the new season. At 3pm, the first display took to the air. This was Miller's De Havilland Dragon Rapide G-AGJG in the wartime markings of Scottish Airways Ltd - a pseudo mix of civilian and military markings. This aircraft has been flying from Duxford for nearly two years after an epic twenty year restoration project and should be seen at many Duxford events throughout the summer.

The other display of the afternoon was given by the Red Sparrows Chipmunk Formation Team. The team has been around for the last couple of years, but only adopted the title of "Red Sparrows" for the 2006 season as part of celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the venerable Chipmunk. The team is lead by Howard Cook who flies an example owned by the Silver Victory Collection based at Duxford. "Chipmunk 2" is AVM Chris Harper CBE flying G-BXDB of the Feltwell Chipmunk Group. "Chipmunk 3" is flown by Ian Davies flying Seething Chipmunk Group's G- AOSY while "Chipmunk 4" is flown by Clive Denney flying the Historic Aircraft Collections Chipmunk. More information on the team can be found at http://www.red-sparrows.co.uk

De Havilland Action
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