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Duxford History
A military air station was constructed at Duxford during the First World War as a result of the expansion of the Royal Flying Corps and the need to train more airmen. In 1918 trainee American aircrew used Duxford. Following this, squadrons of the newly formed Royal Air Force, used Duxford as a home base. After the First World War, it served as a base for flight research. In 1920, it was home for 2 Flying Training School with the Avro 504, Bristol F2B fighter and DH9A, and later Sopwith Snipes. Later 2 Flying Training School moved to Leicestershire and RAF Duxford became a fighter aircraft station operating the Sopwith Snipe. Up until 1937, Duxford operated a succesion of fighters including the Gloster Grebe, Armstrong Whitworth Siskin, Bristol Bulldog, and the Gloster Gauntlet.

In the summer of 1938, it saw the first example of the Supermarine Spitfire (serial K9792). This aircraft was entrusted to 19 Squadron, which went down in history as the first operational Spitfire Squadron. At the start of the Second World War, Duxford was home to other Spitfire Squadrons and a Blenheim Mk IF Squadron which operated in the fighter role and commanded by Flight Lieutenant Douglas Bader. Bader had already served at Duxford before as a ground based Flying Officer following his accident in which he lost both legs and he had also served as a 19 Squadron pilot in 1939. In 1940, the Blenheims were exchanged for Spitfires and a Squadron of Boulton Paul Defiant single-engined turreted fighters moved here for a short stay.

During the Battle of Britain, Duxford saw a lot of activity even though it was some way to the north of the main scene of action. Its aircraft were frequently scrambled against the Luftwaffe.

Hurricanes also arrived at Duxford during 1940 under the command of Douglas Bader. Later Bader took command of three squadrons which formed a wing. Other squadrons were added to the wing to form the controversial 'Big Wing' which was pioneered by Bader.

At the end of 1940, Duxford saw the arrival of the Air Fighting Development Unit which was to evaluate new aircraft and tactical developments. The AFDU tested many aircraft such as the Martin Maryland, N.A. Mitchell, Martin Marauder, Lockheed Ventura, and Handley Page Halifax bomber. The AFDU also tested captured German aircraft such as the Heinkel He III bomber, Messershmitt Bf 109 and Bf 110 and compared them to allied types. In 1941, a Hawker Typhoon wing was present at Duxford. The Bell Airacobra and Lockheed P-38 Lightning were also tested at Duxford.

In April 1943, Duxford was handed over to the United States Eigth Air Force and all British units were removed. The Americans called Duxford Base 357 and operated large numbers of Republic P-47 Thunderbolts which were to escort the American bomber raids to Germany and France. In 1944 the Thunderbolts were replaced by P-51 Mustangs. The Americans also laid a metal runway using Universal Pierced Steel Planking or PSP. In 1945, the Americans left and Duxford was handed back to the RAF which now operated the Spitfire MkIX and later the Mk XXIs.

In 1947, Duxford was home to its first Jet aircraft, the Meteor III which was flown using the old PSP runway but in 1951 a new concrete runway was built. Later Duxford operated the Meteor F8 and night fighter meteors. In 1952, the Hawker Hunter arrived and in 1958, Gloster Javelins replaced the Meteors. The last operational RAF flight from Duxford was in 1961 as Duxford didnt have the facilities to accept the new BAC Lightning fighter and was geographically located too far from the North-East coast which was where the new percieved threat was most likely to come from.

Duxford was later to be used for the Film ' Battle of Britain' with aerial photography involving Spitfires, Hurricanes, and ex-Spanish Air Force aircraft such as the Messerschmitt 109, Heinkel He III and Junkers 52. Aircraft were located and restored to flying condition. This laid the foundation for the present warbird preservation movement in the UK.

In 1969, the RAF decided to dispose of Duxford and at the same time the Imperial War Museum was looking for a location to display its collection of aircraft. With the newly formed East Anglian Aviation Society a hangar was prepared for the arrival of aircraft and exhibits. The first public air display was held in October 1973 and larger and more popular air shows have been held there ever since.

Today the administration and operation of Duxford is shared by several organisations. In addition to the Imperial War Museum and Cambridgeshire County Council, the Duxford Aviation Society (DAS) plays an important role in many practical ways through the efforts of its volunteer membership. Duxford is also home to many private aircraft collections such as The Fighter Collection (TFC), the Old Flying Machine Company (OFMC), and The Aircraft Restoration Company etc.

Duxford 2017 Airshows
Duxford Airshow.

Duxford in Cambridgeshire is a very popular venue for warbird enthusiasts. There is an extensive museum which is free to look around during a Duxford Airshow and includes many WWII examples.

Duxford is home to the Imperial War Museum Collection (IWM), The Fighter Collection (TFC), The Old Flying Machine Company (OFMC), The Aircraft Restoration Company (ARC), Historic Aircraft Collection (HAC), B-17 Preservation Society etc. The airfield itself is an historic site dating back to 1918. In the second world war it was home to the first operational Spitfire squadron. Duxford's fighters were frequently scrambled against the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain.

Duxford has several Airshows during the season with the popular Flying Legends Air Show usually being held in July. If you like warbirds then Duxford is the airshow to visit.

Duxford 2017 Airshows:

27-28 May - Duxford Air Festival
08-09 July - Flying Legends Air Show
23-24 Sept - Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

2017 Duxford Airshows:

27-28 May 2017 - Duxford Air Festival

Experience the thrills in the sky above, and enjoy the fun on the showground below at the May Bank Holiday Duxford Air Festival.

Flying Display Aircraft:

RAF Typhoon FGR4
RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team (Saturday only)
Breitling Wingwalkers
De Havilland Sea Vixen
The Great War Display Team
WAH-64D Apache AH1
Belgian Air Force A109 Display Team
BAC Strikemaster x2
de Havilland Comet racer - Shuttleworth Collection
Percival Mew Gull - Shuttleworth Collection
Percival Mew Gull replica
Bronco Demo Team
Calidus Autogyro
Noorduyn Norseman
DH 90 Dragonfly
Red Devils Parachute Team
Catalina - Plane Sailing
B-17 Sally B
The Blades
Trig Aerobatic Team

Tickets (advance ticket only):
Duxford Air Festival Ticket booking).

Local hotels for the Duxford Air Festival
Local hotels for the Duxford Air Festival

08-09 July 2017 - Flying Legends Air Show

The Flying Legends Air Show is organised and produced by The Fighter Collection, based at IWM Duxford. Flying Legends combines flying displays of remarkable historic aircraft with engaging nostalgic activities to create an authentic 1940s atmosphere at IWM Duxford's wartime airfield.

Participating aircraft:

Flying Display Aircraft:
Grumman Bearcat F8F G-RUMM - TFC
Grumman Wildcat FM-2 G-RUMW - TFC
Curtiss-Wright P-36C G-CIXJ - TFC
Curtiss-Wright Hawk 75 G-CCVH - TFC
Curtiss-Wright P.40C G-CIIO - TFC
Curtiss-Wright Warhawk P40F G-CGZP - TFC
Goodyear Corsair FG-1D G-FGID - TFC
Supermarine Spitfire LFVb EP120 G-LFVB - TFC
Hawker Nimrod MkI G-BWWK - TFC
Gloster Gladiator G-GLAD - TFC
de Havilland Comet (G-ACSS)
Percival Mew Gull (G-AEXF)
Travel Air Type R "Mystery Ship" (G-TATR)
Gloster Gladiator (G-AMRK)
Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 (F-AZXJ)
Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XIX (F-AZJS)
North American P-51D Mustang (G-SHWN)
Supermarine Spitfire Vb BM597 (G-MKVB)
Hawker Hurricane XII 'Z5140' (G-HURI)
Supermarine Spitfire MkIa (G-AIST)
Supermarine Spitfire MkI (G-CGUK)
Bristol Blenheim Mk.I (G-BPIV)
Supermarine Spitfire MkIa (G-CFGJ)
Bf109 Buchon (G-AWHK)
Supermarine Seafire LF III (G-BUAR)
Supermarine Spitfire IX (G-LFIX)
Red Arrows (Sunday)
North American P-51D Mustang 'Frenesi' (N-357FG)
Supermarine Spitfire Tr.9 (G-CCCA)
Hawker Hurricane Mk. I R4118 (G-HUPW)
Hawker Hurricane Mk. I 'P3717' (G-HITT)
Boeing B-17G 'Sally B' (G-BEDF)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXb (G-ASJV)
Supermarine Spitfire FR XIV (G-SPIT)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIII (G-BUOS)

Tickets (advance ticket only):
Flying Legends Air Show Ticket booking

Local hotels for the Flying Legends Air Show
Local hotels for the Flying Legends Air Show

23-24 September - Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

Flying Display Aircraft:

BBMF Dakota, Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane (F)
Catalina - Plane Sailing
Red Devils Parachute Team
Great War Display Team
Swordfish W5856 - TBC (F)

Tickets (advance ticket only):
Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show Ticket booking

Local hotels for the Duxford Airshow
Local hotels for the Duxford Air Show

Ticket Prices:
Please check with official IWM Duxford website for ticket prices and booking.

2017 Aviation Event Days at IWM Duxford:
This year, IWM Duxford will be hosting a series of aviation event days. Pilots and aviation groups will have the opportunity to land at this historic airfield and enjoy a fascinating day exploring the museum's renowned exhibitions and heritage.

Duxford Airfield Safety Day - 08 April
Vintage Aircraft Club (VAC) Bonus Day - 03 June
Light Aircraft Association (LAA) Bonus Day - 05 Aug

See 2017 Aviation Event Days at IWM Duxford for more details.

2017 IWM Duxford Photography Days:
Each Photography Day focuses on a different theme, starting with a practical exercise using a static object indoors and progressing onto portrait photography in an outdoor setting. There will also be an opportunity to photograph a flying aircraft, if the weather permits.

Photography Days are led by professional aviation photographer Darren Harbar, whose photography is featured in national and international magazines. Photography Days encourage photographers to move away from the auto mode on their cameras and to learn how to use basic manual operations.

Saturday 13 May - Classic Years Aviation Photography Day
Friday 23 June - United States Air Force Aviation Photography Day
Friday 25 August - Royal Air Force Photography Day

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Exhilarating entertainment at the Duxford Air Festival on May Bank Holiday weekend...


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