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. Click here to visit the official website of Imperial War Museum at Duxford.
D-Day Anniversary Air Show
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.
Provisional Participating Aircraft:
24-25 May 2014 - D-Day Anniversary Air Show
BBMF Dakota and The Red Devils
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
Patrouille de France (Alpha Jet x 8)
Supermarine Spitfire IX - BBMF
Supermarine Spitfire V - TFC
Supermarine Spitfire IXT - Air Leasing
Supermarine Spitfire IX - OFMC
Supermarine Spitfire IXT - ARC / 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
AAC Apache - Wattisham (Sunday only)
Hawker Hurricane - HAC
Hispano Buchon (Messerschmitt Bf 109) - ARC / Historic Flying Ltd
RNHF Fairey Swordfish
Grumman FM-2 Wildcat - TFC
North American P-51D Mustang Ferocious Frankie - OFMC
North American TF-51D Mustang Miss Velma - TFC
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B
RAF Typhoon - 29(R) Squadron, RAF Coningsby
Auster Autocrat - D & M Miller
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 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.
Provisional Participating Aircraft:
13-14 September 2014 - Duxford Air Show
Great War Display Team x7 (F)
Red Arrows (Sun 14th only) (F)
RAF Tucano T1 (F)
RAF Tutor T1 (F)
BBMF Lancaster, Hurricane, Spitfire (F)