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Imperial War Museum Duxford - Press Release

Imperial War Museum Duxford - Press Release

Flying participation announced for the 2012 Flying Legends Air Show

With only three weeks to go to this year’s Flying Legends Air Show on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July, The Fighter Collection and IWM Duxford are delighted to announce some of the stunning aircraft that will be flying in this year’s extravaganza event.

Flying Legends sees the air show debut of The Fighter Collection’s Republic P-47G Thunderbolt 42-25068 ‘Snafu’, one of only two Curtiss-built examples left in the world. (Full aircraft biography below).

The Sikorsky S-38 makes its UK debut at Flying Legends. An American twin-engine eight-seat amphibious aircraft, it was sometimes called ‘The Explorer’s Air Yacht’ and was Sikorsky’s first widely produced amphibious flying boat. In addition to serving with Pan American Airways and the United States Army, the Sikorsky S-38 was owned by numerous private individuals, including aviators Howard Hughes and Charles Lindbergh.

Making a welcome return following their debut UK air show appearance at Flying Legends last year is the Flying Bulls’ Lockheed P-38 Lighting and the Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair. The Flying Bulls’ stunning aerial performances will no doubt wow the crowds at Flying Legends.

Flying Legends is famous for presenting a unique combination of remarkable aircraft in superb aerial displays and this year is no different.

Over fifty aircraft will be participating, including two Hispano Buchon; eight Spitfires covering various marques, including two Mark One variants; three Hawker Sea Furies; three Hawk variants including the Hawk 75, the P40B and the P40F; three marques of YAK fighters; a Fiesler Storch and a Lysander. Three First World War aircraft – the Nieuport 17, Fokker DR1 and Sopwith Triplane - will fly together for the first time. The ever-popular Breitling Wingwalkers will performas a two-ship display. And of course, there will be displays by the famous IWM Duxford-based B-17 Flying Fortress, Sally B and the PBY Catalina Miss Pick Up.

The legendary Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Supermarine Spitfire, Avro Lancaster and Hawker Hurricane will display on Saturday 30 June only, while on Sunday 1 July only the Aerostars perform stunning aerobatics.

The Vintage Village
Don’t forget to visit our nostalgic Vintage Village at the Flying Legends Air Show. You can enjoy a glass of fizz or two fromthe Prosseco Bar and relax as you listen to the romantic sounds of Harry and Edna’s Revolution 78, as the dapper DJs play 1930s and 1940smusic in all its original atmospheric splendor on period gramophones.

Look out for the Manhattan Dolls, whomake a welcome return after their debut at last year’s Flying Legends. This glamorous New York-based Andrews Sisters-style group will be performing those instantly-recognisable hits of the thirties and forties in their own inimitable style.

Enjoy a unique living history experience aboard the Home Front Bus. This classic double-decker bus contains detailed reconstructions of a 1940s living room, a wartime shop, a bombed-out street and an air raid shelter. Containing period features and artefacts, the Home Front Bus replicates the sights, sounds and smells of the Home Front – an authentic trip back in time.

Past to Present Historical bring the Second World War Home Front to life with an Anderson air raid shelter, an evacuees’ display and costumed interpreters. Look out for our iconic wartime leaderWinston Churchill – if you are very lucky, hemay even accompany you for a photograph.

Complete your vintage experience by ordering an IWMDuxford Picnic Hamper. Soak up the atmosphere in the Vintage Village as you enjoy a perfect ration-free picnic lunch for two, including the Duxford sausage roll, homemade sandwiches, hand-cut crisps, seasonal salad, a refreshing Pimms summer berry jelly and traditional elderflower presse, all served in a disposable hamper including cutlery, plates and glasses.

The IWM Duxford Picnic Hamper for two costs £21. To order, please email duxfordevents@elior.com or call 01223 497 501. Please give aminimumof three days notice for your picnic order. Picnic orders are collected fromWing Co Joe’s Café on the day.

Flying Legends Hospitality Packages
If you’d like tomake your experience of Flying Legends evenmore special, do hurry to take advantage of our air show hospitality packages. Our Gold Pass package is almost sold out for Saturday 30 June. To find outmore about our hospitality packages go to https://www.iwm.org.uk/commercial/venue-hire/iwmduxford/ airshow

Tickets for the Flying Legends Air Show 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 from9.30amto 4.30pm.

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

Advance tickets will be available until:

For overseas postal delivery – 5pm on Friday 15 June
For UK postal delivery – 5pm on Wednesday 20 June

Flying Bulls P-38 Lightning The Fighter Collection P-47 Thunderbolt 'Snafu' which makes its air show debut at Flying Legends.

Republic P-47G Thunderbolt 42-25068 'Snafu' (G-CDVX)

The 129th P-47G built at the Curtiss facility in Buffalo, New York in 1944, ‘Snafu’ was accepted by the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) in September 1944 and transferred to the Third Air Force at Tallahassee, Florida. The aircraft was then redesignated as a TP-47G to reflect the training role that it undertook with a number of Advanced Fighter Transition Units.

Struck from the USAAF inventory in late June 1945, the aircraft was eventually passed to the Aero Industries Technical Institute at Oakland Airport, California, where it was used to teach hydraulic and electrical systems to aeronautical students until 1952.

Snafu was then bought by Jack Hardwick, a former Cleveland National Air Race pilot, who hired her out in 1953 to film company Allied Artists for ground scenes in the film Fighter Attack. The aircraft was then parked in El Monte, California with a number of other Second World War aircraft until 1975 when she was sold to a new owner who commenced a restoration of this rare machine. The work was not completed and the unfinished project passed to Ray Stutsman in late 1979, where a full restoration began the following year. This culminated in a first flight during April 1982, which was rewarded with the Grand Champion Warbird Trophy at Oshkosh in July of that year.

The aircraft flew with Stutsman at many events across North America until 1987 when it passed to the Lone Star Flight Museum, based at Galveston, Texas. It rarely flew during its time at Lone Star. It then passed to Flying A Services in the early 1990s and was shipped to the United Kingdom.

The P-47 Thunderbolt remained in its shipping container until it joined the fleet at The Fighter Collection in 2006. A full restoration programme was undertaken in order to bring the aircraft back to stock wartime condition. The scheme worn by the P-47 Thunderbolt is that of 84th Fighter Squadron P-47D 42- 74742 ‘Snafu’, the mount of Lieutenant Severino B Calderon in late 1944.

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