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Imperial War Museum Duxford - Press Release

Imperial War Museum Duxford - Press Release

The Jubilee Air Show is a roaring success

Over 17,000 people attended The Jubilee Air Show at IWM Duxford on Sunday 27 May.

On a gloriously hot and sunny Sunday, visitors enjoyed exploring the museum, making Airfix models with the Airfix Make and Paint Zone, handling historical objects, enjoying fun children's rides, tank riding and much more across the museum.

The flying display commenced at 2pm in grand style with the powerful Eurofighter Typhoon from 6 Squadron, RAF Leuchars.  This was followed by the iconic B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B and two North American Harvards (the type of aircraft that Prince Philip flew).

The Westland Lynx from 815 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Yeovilton, was next to display.  The Lynx helicopter was the type flown by Prince Andrew.  The was followed by the legendary Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane and Avro Lancaster. 

The Grob Tutor is the type of aircraft that Prince William learn to fly on .  The Grob Tutor displaying at The Jubilee Air Show was from 16 (R) Squadron, RAF Cranwell, where Prince William learnt to fly.

This was followed by two glorious Hawker Nimrod bi-planes, from Historic Aircraft Collection and The Fighter Collection, flying with a Hawker Hurricane.

Following that was a Beechcraft King Air B200 from 45 (R) Squadron, RAF Cranwell.

The Shorts Tucano from CFS Flight, RAF Linton-on-Ouse, performed a stunning display in its new 2012 Diamond Jubilee red, white and blue colour scheme, which looked glorious against the pure blue skies over IWM Duxford.  The Shorts Tucano is another aircraft type that has been flown by Prince William.

The Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcon from 360 Squadron Florennes, Belgian Air Force, performed a rip-roaring display that wowed the crowds.

This was followed by the amazing aerobatics of the Red Bull Matadors in two Sbach 300 aircraft. 

The Westland Sea King from B Flight, 22 Squadron, Wattisham Airfield performed a search and rescue demonstration.    The Westland Sea King is the type of aircraft that has been flown by Prince Andrew and that Prince William is currently flying as a fully-operational Search and Rescue co-pilot with 22 Squadron, RAF Valley, Anglesey.

This was followed by the Gloster Meteor T7,from Air Atlantique Classic Aircraft Trust,  another type of aircraft that was flown by Prince Philip.

There was then a display by the de Havilland Rapide, from D & M Miller, together with an Avro Anson, from Air Atlantique Classic Aircraft Trust, and two de Havilland Chipmunks, from A Grounsell and Aircraft Restoration Company. 

Prince Edward VIII owned a de Havilland Rapide  which he flew to and from RAF Duxford to see the spectacular sight of the Royal Review on 6 July 1935, which celebrated the jubilee of his father, King George V.  On his accession to the throne, a year later, as King Edward VIII, his Dragon Rapide became the founding aircraft of the King's Flight.

DCG-1 Chipmunk WP903 was built in 1952 and served with the Queen's Flight.  It was the actual aircraft on which Prince Charles learnt to fly.  In addition to Prince Charles, several other members of the Royal Family learnt to fly on this aircraft type, including Prince Philip and Prince Andrew.

The Bucker Jungmeister provided a celebratory nod to this year's Olympics, as the aircraft that swept the boards in the aerobatic competition at the Berlin Olympics in 1936.

The Patrouille Cartouche Dore, French Air Force,  performed its first aerial display at IWM Duxford and in mainland UK.  It was followed by the BAe Hawk from 208 (R) Squadron, RAF Valley.  No air show at IWM Duxford would be complete without the historic Spitfires so synonymous with Duxford's history.  Supermarine Spitfire MkV, Mk IX and Mk IXT next flew over IWM Duxford's historic airfield.

A final surprise item in the flying schedule was a banner tow celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.


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