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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.

Spitfire IX - Duxford Airshow.

Duxford Airshow Reviews 2017:

Duxford Air Festival (May) 2017
Flying Legends 2017

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

There is more information at

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:

French Air Force Rafale (Sat/Sun)
RAF Typhoon FGR4
The Blades
RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team (Saturday only)
Breitling Wingwalkers
De Havilland Sea Vixen
B-17 Sally B
Catalina - Plane Sailing
The Great War Display Team
WAH-64D Apache AH1
BAC Strikemaster Pair
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
DHC-2 Beaver
Red Devils Parachute Team
DH89A Dragon Rapide
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15UTI
Trig Aerobatic Team
Sopwith Pup (weather dependant)
TF-51D Mustang 'Miss Velma'
Spitfire Mk.1a x2
Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey (Static display)

Duxford Air Festival 2017 Review & Photos.

Gates, showground and museum open at 8am. Flying from 1:30pm until 5:45pm both days.

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:
Bf109 Buchon (G-AWHK)
Boeing B-17G 'Sally B' (G-BEDF)
Bristol Blenheim Mk.I (G-BPIV)
Bucker Jungmann (G-BSAJ)
Classic Formation - Beechcraft Model 18 x2 & DC-3
Consolidated PBY Catalina (G-PBYA)
Curtiss-Wright Hawk 75 (G-CCVH) - TFC
Curtiss-Wright P-36C (G-CIXJ) - TFC
Curtiss-Wright P.40C (G-CIIO) - TFC
Curtiss-Wright Warhawk P40F (G-CGZP) - TFC
de Havilland Comet (G-ACSS)
Douglas C-53D-DO Dakota (LN-WND)
Douglas DC-3C 'Daisy' (SE-CFP)
Gloster Gladiator (G-GLAD) - TFC
Goodyear Corsair FG-1D (G-FGID) - TFC
Grumman Bearcat F8F (G-RUMM) - TFC
Grumman Wildcat FM-2 (G-RUMW) - TFC
Hawker Hurricane Mk. I 'P3717' (G-HITT)
Hawker Hurricane Mk. I R4118 (G-HUPW)
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I P2902 (G-ROBT)
Hawker Hurricane XII 'Z5140' (G-HURI)
Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk Ib (G-BKTH)
Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 (F-AZXJ)
Hawker Sea Fury Mk.II (G-CBEL)
LeVier Cosmic Wind (G-ARUL)
P-51B Mustang 'Berlin Express' (N-515ZB)
P-51D Mustang 'Frenesi' (N-357FG)
P-51D Mustang (G-SHWN)
P-51D Mustang 'Miss Helen' (G-BIXL)
TF51D Mustang 'Miss Velma' (G-TFSI)
Percival Mew Gull (G-AEXF)
Red Arrows (Sunday)
Supermarine Seafire LF III (G-BUAR)
Supermarine Spitfire FR XIV (G-SPIT)
Supermarine Spitfire HF Mk.IX (RR232)
Supermarine Spitfire IX (G-LFIX)
Supermarine Spitfire LFVb EP120 G-LFVB - TFC
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXb (G-ASJV)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIII (G-BUOS)
Supermarine Spitfire MkI (G-CGUK)
Supermarine Spitfire MkIa (G-AIST)
Supermarine Spitfire MkIa (G-CFGJ)
Supermarine Spitfire Tr.9 (G-CCCA)
Supermarine Spitfire Vb BM597 (G-MKVB)
Travel Air Type R "Mystery Ship" (G-TATR)

Flying Legends 2017 Review & Photos.

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

IWM Duxford and car parks open at 8am until 6pm. Flight Line Walk opens 9am. Red Arrows Display at 1.20pm. Flying Display from 2pm until 5:30pm both days.

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:

Spitfire Mk.Vb BM597- HAC
Spitfire TR.9 PV202 - ARC
Spitfire HF Mk.IXe TD314 - Aero Legends
Spitfire TR.9 NH341 - Aero Legends
Spitfire Mk.IXb MH434 - OFMC
Spitfire LF Mk.Vb EP120 - TFC
Spitfire Mk.Ia N3200 - IWM
Spitfire TR.9 ML407 - Air Leasing
Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe MV293 - Air Leasing
Seafire Mk.III PP972 - Air Leasing
Spitfire TR.9 SM520 - Boultbee
Spitfire HF Mk.IX RR232 -Boultbee
Spitfire FR Mk.XVIIIe SM845 - Richard Lake
Spitfire Mk.XVIe TD248 - Richard Lake
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia AR213 - Comanche Fighters
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia X4650 - Comanche Fighters
Hurricane Mk.IIB 'Hurribomber' - Hangar 11
Hurricane Mk.I P3717- Hurricane Heritage
Hurricane Mk.I P2902- Air Leasing
Hurricane Mk.XIIa 5711 - HAC
Hurricane Mk.X AE977 - Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar
Sea Hurricane Mk.IB Z7015 - Shuttleworth Collection
Bristol Blenheim Mk.IF L6739 - ARC
Gloster Gladiator Mk.I L8032 - Shuttleworth Collection
Avro Lancaster PA474 - BBMF
Supermarine Spitfire - BBMF
Hawker Hurricane - BBMF
RAF Falcons
Great War Display Team
Tiger Nine (9x de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth)
Hawker Fury Mk.I K5674 - HAC
Hawker Nimrod II K3661 - HAC
Lysander Mk.III S.D V9552 - Shuttleworth Collection
P-51D Mustang - Norwegian Spitfire Foundation
P-51D-20NA 44-72216 'Miss Helen' - Boultbee
B-17G Flying Fortress 'Sally B' - B-17 Preservation
Consolidated Catalina PBY5A - Plane Sailing
Curtiss P-40C Warhawk 41-13357 - TFC
Curtiss Hawk 75 No 85 - TFC
Grumman FM-2 Wildcat BuNo 86711 - TFC
Goodyear FG-1 Corsair BuNo 88297 - TFC
Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat BuNo 121714 - TFC
Hawker Fury FB.11 SR661 - Air Leasing
HA-1112 Buchon C.4K-102 - ARC
Yakovlev Yak-3M - Air Leasing
Yakovlev Yak-3UA - Will Greenwood
Mikoyan Gurevich Mig-15UTI - NAFHS
de Havilland DH100 Vampire T.55 - NAFHS
de Havilland DH100 Vampire FB.52 - NAFHS
Douglas C-47 Skytrain - Percival Aircraft
Douglas C-47 Skytrain 19345 - Patrick Green

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2017 Review.
More information on the flying displays.

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2017
Flying Display Schedule

The RAF Falcons, the UK's premiere military parachute team, opening the flying display with a precision demonstration of freefall and canopy skills.

The unsung Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft takes a leading role in the opening Battle of Britain scenario with up to six Hawker Hurricanes in formation.

A magnificent collection of interwar Hawker biplane fighters, including a Mark I Hawker Fury, Hawker Nimrod I and Hawker Nimrod II showing the development of Hawker fighter aircraft in the 1930s and up to the creation of the Hawker Hurricane.

Immense Second World War heavy bomber Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B, and transport aircraft Douglas C-47 Skytrain will fly in tandem, accompanied by a P-51 Mustang fighter escort.

Second World War seaplane Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A escorted by naval fighter aircraft.

Representing the Russian front of the Second World War, a Hispano Aviacion HA-112 Buchon will fly in to 'attack' the airfield, accompanied by strafing effects, and will be chased off by a Yakovlev Yak-3 Soviet fighter aircraft.

The spectacle of the Great War Display Team will present First World War combat tactics with nine replica First World War aircraft including a Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c; three Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a aircraft; two Fokker DR1 triplanes and two Junkers CL1 aircraft, accompanied by flak, bombing and strafing effects.

Changing pace to the jet fighter era, a Russian jet fighter aircraft will be intercepted by two British jet fighters as a Mikoyan Gurevich Mig-15UTI flies alongside two de Havilland DH100 Vampires.

12 Spitfires will take to the skies in a poignant mass flypast and stunning tailchase.

The Tiger Nine formation team will showcase the aircraft that many Battle of Britain pilots flew when they started training.

A thrilling finale flypast will be led by a Bristol Blenheim with a Gloster Gladiator on each wing - the lesser-known aircraft that contributed to the Battle of Britain. This will be followed by two formations of Hawker Hurricanes and a formation of Mark I Supermarine Spitfires.

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.


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Press Releases:

IWM Duxford
Over 40 historic aircraft take to the skies at IWM Duxford's Battle of Britain Air Show...

IWM Duxford (Flying Legends)
Thrills galore at the Flying Legends Air Show - Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July 2017...

IWM Duxford
Exciting new flying announced for the Duxford Air Festival at IWM Duxford...

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