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Imperial War Museum Duxford - Press Release

Imperial War Museum Duxford - Press Release

Final flying participation announced for The Duxford Air Show

The final flying participation has now been announced for The Duxford Air Show (Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September) and it is an amazing line-up!

Just confirmed is a flypast of United States Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles on both Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September.

On Sunday 9 September only, a pair of F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Royal Norwegian Air Force will fly alongside a pair of de Havilland Vampires from the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron.

This exciting combination has never been seen before in the UK. It brings together the Royal Norwegian Air Forceís first and most contemporary jet fighter aircraft.

Also from the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron is their newly-acquired Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, an American-built jet trainer aircraft, which will be flying on Saturday 8 September only.

The presence of the Royal Norwegian Air Force and the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron at The Duxford Air Show commemorates the centenary of aviation in Norway, celebrated this year. It also acknowledges the long-standing historical connection between the Royal Norwegian Air Force and the Royal Air Force.

From New Zealand come two rare replica First World War aircraft, the Albatros DV.a, a German single-seat biplane that sustained aerial combat in the skies over France for longer than all of the more famous Fokker models combined; and the RE.8, a two-seater reconnaissance biplane.

Also representing the bold and brave innovation of the First World War era are replicas of the Fokker DR-1, the type of aircraft in which the Red Baron gained his last 19 victories, and a Nieuport 17, a French biplane fighter aircraft of the era.

The world-famous Red Arrows will performon Sunday 9 September only, while the Aerostars will be performing stunning aerobatics on both days of The Duxford Air Show.

Flying on Saturday 8 September only is Avro Vulcan XH558, which previously flew at IWM Duxford in September 2008. Vulcan XH558 performs a majestic flying display in the 60th anniversary year of the Vulcanís maiden flight and the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict, in which the Vulcan played a vital role.

XH558 was the first Vulcan B Mark 2 to be delivered to the RAF and the last Vulcan to leave RAF service after a sterling 33 years. It is now the oldest complete Vulcan in the world.

A pair of Tornado GR4s from 15 (R) Squadron at RAF Lossiemouth will make their debut appearance at IWM Duxford in the 30th anniversary year of the Tornado entering RAF service.

In scenes reminiscent of the Battle of Britain, five Spitfires, including a rare Mark I Spitfire, will fly in a tailchase formation with two Hispano Buchons, representing Messerschmitt Bf109 aircraft, and a Hawker Hurricane.

Thereís more superb biplane action with the Royal Navy Historic Flightís Swordfish, the Antonov An-2, the largest single-engine biplane ever produced and still flying, and the de Havilland Dragon Rapide (flying on Sunday 9 September only).

Following its outstanding performance in striking Jubilee colours at The Jubilee Air Show, the Shorts Tucano from the Central Flying School Flight at RAF Linton-on-Ouse makes a welcome return at The Duxford Air Show on Saturday 8 September only.

Making only its second air show appearance is The Fighter Collectionís P-47 Thunderbolt Snafu which was a highlight of this yearís Flying Legends Air Show.

Even more exciting flying includes the BAe Hawk from208 (R) Squadron, RAF Valley; the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota; the Gnat Display Team Pair; B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B; Douglas C-47 Skytrain; Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann; Curtiss Hawk 75; Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat; Consolidated PBY Catalina (flying on Saturday 8 September only) and the North American T-28 Trojan.

This has to be one of the most exciting flying displays seen at IWM Duxford in recent years!

There are plenty of activities to enjoy across IWM Duxford and the museumis open to explore throughout the day.

Living history groups will be bringing Second World War history to life, with RAF Ops 1939-45 recreating an RAF Fighter Pilotsí dispersal position and giving visitors a glimpse of 1940s Bomber briefings in action.

The Military Equipment Collectors will be recreating the role of the RAF ground crew who kept Spitfires constantly at scramble readiness throughout the Battle of Britain and beyond. They will be displaying an RAF Mobile Mechanic Unit with early Second World War field equipment.

Colonel Richard Graham will be hosting his popular talks about the SR-71 Blackbird in the American Air Museum next to the SR-71 Spyplane that he flew. Colonel Grahamís talks will take place at 10 am and noon on both Saturday and Sunday.

Children of all ages can enjoy making and painting an Airfixmodel in AirSpace between 10.30am and 4pm and can then take their model masterpiece home as a souvenir of The Duxford Air Show.

Duxford Aviation Societyís The British Airliner Collection will be open to explore, including the iconic Concorde. Duxford Radio Society will be presenting radio equipment displays between 10.30amand 3.30pm.

On both days between 10am and 2pm, touch, hold and find out more about RAF Bomber Command historic objects in AirSpace next to the iconic Lancaster. Learn about United States Army Air Force historic objects in the American Air Museum from10am to 2pm.

There is still time to purchase your tickets in advance to save 10% and get a free child ticket, which is available with every adult or senior ticket purchased.

This offer is on advance ticket purchases only; it cannot be used on the day of the event.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.iwm.org.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01223 499 353. The Box Office is open from Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

There is no booking fee but a postage and packing fee applies per transaction.

Advance tickets will be available until:
5pm on Friday 24 August for overseas postal delivery
5pm on Wednesday 29 August for UK postal delivery

The IWM Duxford Air Shows App 2012

Donít forget to download the latest version of the IWM Duxford Air Shows App 2012 to enhance your experience of The Duxford Air Show.

The App offers a library of over 100 aircraft that have graced the skies over IWM Duxford, containing fascinating biographies, exciting statistics and stunning photographs.

Using the My Log section, you can collect your favourite aircraft fromacross the seasonís air shows, which you can then admire at your leisure.

The usefulmap tool enables you to locate specific aircraft on display at the museum, together with museum exhibitions and air show amenities, to ensure that you donít miss a thing at our air shows.

The App is free to download. The library, My Log and map tools are available free of charge.

Download the automated flying schedule which gives minute-by-minute information during the air show as the aircraft commence their displays. You can then also set reminder alerts tomake sure that you donít miss your favourite aircraft displaying.

The flying schedule is bought in app at a cost of £0.69.

Using Facebook and email you can share your air show experience with friends and family.

The App is optimised for iOS 4.3 and above, running on iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4s handsets and an Android 2.2.2 and above.

IWM Duxford Air Show Hospitality

If you want tomake your air show experience extra special, why not choose fromour range of hospitality packages. Offering the best seats in the house, our hospitality enclosures are located at the heart of the action. Hurry, there are still tickets available for all hospitality packages, but time is running out!

Silver Pass Family Enclosure

New for 2012, the Silver Pass enclosure has been specifically created with families in mind.

The Silver Pass package includes: entry to The Duxford Air Show and to IWM Duxford; a private hospitality enclosure including cafť-style seating, a refreshment point selling drinks and snack food; a garden enclosure, perfect for enjoying a picnic and the stunning flying display; hands-on history activities to keep the whole family entertained.

Silver Pass holders will also receive a complimentary programme per family, a 15% discount in museum shop outlets on the day and entry to the flightline walk, with direct access from the Silver Pass enclosure.

Gold Pass Hospitality

Our Gold Pass hospitality enclosure offers access to a sumptuous marquee, fully-equipped with a cash bar, refreshment point and luxury toilets. Choose to dine from our in-house Gourmet Deli Bar or bring your own picnic. When the flying display starts, enjoy the show fromour private garden enclosure, with outdoor seating offering unrivalled views of the flightline.

The Gold Pass package also offers priority parking, admission to The Duxford Air Show and to IWM Duxford and a complimentary air show programme.

Platinum Pass Hospitality

Our premier air show package, PlatinumPass offers priority parking, reserved seating with your own seating area for the whole day; a fully-catered package including tea and coffee on arrival, a two-course lunch and traditional afternoon tea; complimentary access to the flightline walk direct fromthe Platinum Pass garden enclosure; a complimentary programme; an optional account bar or pre-ordered drinks and a range of finishing touches to suit your needs.

For further information on our hospitality packages and to book online go to www.iwm.org.uk or call our Box Office on 01223 499 353.

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