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UK Airshows:
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UK Seafront Airshows:
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Duxford Airshow.

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 2016 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 2016 Airshows:

28-29 May - Duxford American Air Show
09-10 July - Flying Legends Air Show
10-11 September - Duxford Air Show



2016 Duxford Airshows:

28-29 May - Duxford American Air Show

Inspired by the newly-transformed American Air Museum, the May Air Show features dynamic flying displays together with veterans' voices telling the story of American and British collaboration in war. We'll combine flying displays with evocative living history and veterans' voices.

Flying Display Aircraft:

RAF Typhoon FGR4
Red Arrows (Sunday)
BBMF Spitfire, Hurricane, Dakota
RAF King Air B200
Patrouille de France
Nieuport 17 (R Gauld-Galliers)
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a x 2 (GWDT)
Boeing Stearman Kaydet (Golden Apple Operations)
North American Harvard (ARC)
North American Harvard (Aero Legends)
North American Harvard (T-6 Harvard Aviation)
North American Harvard (TFC)
Spartan Executive (N Pickard)
Ryan STA (P Holloway)
Supermarine Spitfire Ia (IWM)
Supermarine Spitfire IX (OFMC)
Hawker Hurricane (HAC)
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B
P-51D Mustang (Norwegian Spitfire Foundation)
P-51D Mustang (OFMC)
TF-51 Mustang (TFC)
Hispano Buchon (Messerschmitt Bf 109) (ARC)
de Havilland Dragon Rapide (D & M Miller)
Piper L-4 Cub (A Acres)
Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Aces High)
Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Dakota Heritage)
Mitsubishi A6M Zero replica (Aeroretro)
Curtiss P-40C Tomahawk or P-40F Warhawk (TFC)
Grumman FM-2 Wildcat (TFC)
Goodyear FG-1D Corsair (TFC)
de Havilland Canada Beaver (ARC)
North American T-28 Fennec (Groupe Fennec)
North American T-28 Fennec (Radial Revelation)
Bell UH-1 Iroquois - MSS Holdings
Hughes OH-6 Cayuse - MSS Holdings
OV-10 Bronco - Bronco Demo Team
Shorts SC-7 Skyvan - Bronco Demo Team
Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog - J Needham
North American B-25 Mitchell - RNAFHF

The flying display will commence at 1.30pm and finish at approximately 5.15pm.

Duxford American Air Show Ticket booking

Accommodation:
Local hotels for the Duxford American Air Show
Local hotels for the Duxford American Air Show



09-10 July - Flying Legends Air Show

Participating aircraft:

Flying Display
Grumman Bearcat F8F G-RUMM (TFC)
Grumman Wildcat FM-2 G-RUMW (TFC)
Curtiss P-36C N80FR (TFC)
Curtiss Hawk 75 G-CCVH (TFC)
Curtiss-Wright P.40C G-CIIO (TFC)
Curtiss Warhawk P40F G-CGZP (TFC)
Goodyear Corsair FG-1D G-FGID (TFC)
Spitfire LFVb EP120 G-LFVB (TFC)
Spitfire FR XIV G-SPIT (TFC)
TF51D Mustang G-TFSI (TFC)
Hawker Nimrod MkI G-BWWK (TFC)
Gloster Gladiator G-GLAD (TFC)
Supermarine Spitfire IX G-LFIX
Supermarine Seafire LF III G-BUAR
Bristol Blenheim Mk.I G-BPIV
Boeing B-17G 'Sally B' G-BEDF
Bf109 Buchon G-AWHK
NA P-51D Mustang G-SHWN
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXb G-ASJV
Supermarine Spitfire Vb G-MKVB
Hawker Nimrod II G-BURZ
Hawker Fury Mk.I G-CBZP
Hawker Hurricane XII G-HURI
Gloster Gladiator G-AMRK
Sopwith Snipe ZK-SNI
Albatros DV.a ZK-TGY
P51D Mustang Moonbeam F-AZXS
Morane 406 HB-RCF
Grumman TBM Avenger HB-RDG
B-25J Mitchell N6123C
P.38 Lightning N25Y
F4U-4 Corsair OE-EAS
Beech 18 N21FS - Classic Formation
Beech 18 N223CM - Classic Formation
Douglas C-53D-DO Dakota LN-WND
Supermarine Spitfire MkIa G-CFGJ
Supermarine Spitfire MkIa G-AIST
Supermarine Spitfire MkI G-CGUK
Fieseler Fi 156a-1 Storch G-STCH
L4J Grasshopper G-AXGP
Lockheed Corporation 12A Junior Electra NC14999
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIII G-BUOS
Bf109 Buchon G-AWHE
Bucker Jungmann G-BSAJ


Flying Legends are delighted to announce that the Manhattan Dolls, Laurel & Hardy, Sit in a Spitfire Experience and Large Scale Model Warbirds are some of the early confirmed Vintage Village attendees.

Flying display: 2pm - 5.30pm

Flying Legends Air Show Ticket booking

Accommodation:
Local hotels for the Duxford Airshow
Local hotels for the Flying Legends Air Show



10-11 September - Duxford Air Show

Participating aircraft:

Red Arrows (Sunday) (F)
RAF Falcons parachute Team (F)
Spitfire T.IX
Catalina (Plane Sailing)
B-17 'Sally B' (F)
Sopwith Snipe - WAHT













Flying display: 1.30pm - approximately 5.15pm

Duxford Air Show Ticket booking

Accommodation:
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.


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