Celebrating the iconic Spitfire with a day of nostalgia
We’re thrilled to be presenting a brand new event, Spitfires, Merlins & Motors, on Sunday 5 August.
We’ll be celebrating the legendary Supermarine Spitfire, the unmistakable Merlin engine and the close
relationship between this classic flying machine and the four-wheeled speed demons of the golden age
of motoring and beyond.
Between 10am and 1.30pm, see a number of historic Spitfires up close on static display, including the
rare Spitfire Mark 1a from Aircraft Restoration Company, the Mark V from Historic Aircraft Collection,
Mark IX from the Old Flying Machine Company, Mark XIX fromthe Rolls Royce Heritage Trust and Mark
IXT from Air Leasing.
At various points throughout the afternoon, these Spitfires will be taking to the skies to perform short
displays. Also flying will be the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire.
Aircraft Restoration Company is offering a rare opportunity to sit in a Spitfire. This costs £15 per person
and includes a souvenir T-shirt and photo opportunity. All proceeds go to the Blenheim Restoration
There will also be the chance to see a Merlin engine erupt into life as it will be on dynamic display
throughout the day.
Living history groups will be bringing RAF Duxford’s wartime relationship with the Spitfire to life with
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.
Past to Present Historical will be representing the 1940s Home Front with a dashing RAF pilot costumed
character, a jolly tent where you can try your hand at wartime games and a very worthy Women’s
Voluntary Service representative who is collecting saucepans for Spitfires.
There will be a display of glorious vintage Rolls-Royce cars alongside hundreds of stunning vehicles, from
pre-war vintage to contemporary classics. The Veteran Cycle Club will be displaying a range of traditional
bicycles and chatting about the history of cycling.
Discover Vintage presents a fabulous vintage fair in the Conservation Hall in AirSpace. Exhibitors will be
selling vintage fashion, homeware and curios fromthe 1930s to the 1950s. Enhancing the nostalgic
atmosphere will be a gramophone DJ and singing group.
Between 10am and 2pm, in the Visitor Centre, author Andy Saunders will be signing copies of the
extraordinary new book Spitfire Mark I P9374 – The remarkable story of how a unique aircraft returned to flight. Also present will be Martin Overall, Historic Flying Limited’s Chief Engineer, who oversaw the
restoration of this incredible aircraft, and who contributed significantly to the book.
There will also be traders selling a range of wares. Vector Fine Art will be hosting a signing session with a
number of Battle of Britain veterans.
There are lots of fun things for all the family to do together. At the Airfix Make and Paint Zone between
11amand 3pm, visitors canmake their ownmodel aircraft, paint it in a range of colours and take it home
as a souvenir of a fabulous day at themuseum. There are also fun craft activities to try your hand at.
In the American Air Museum between noon and 4pm, we’ll be seeing if you have what it takes to become
a Second World War special agent and putting you through your paces to undertake secret operations in
enemy territory. See the imaginative gadgets used by the Special Operations Executive, send covert
messages in Morse code and undertake a cloak-and-daggermission which will prove your expertise in
Join us for a fun and nostalgic day as we celebrate a golden age of style, elegance and derring do!