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Spitfire IX - Duxford Airshow.

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UK Airshows (England):
Shuttleworth Airshows
Duxford Airshows
Royal International Air Tattoo
Farnborough Airshow
RAF Cosford Airshow
Biggin Hill Airshow
Royal Navy International Air Day
Abingdon Air & Country Show
Midlands Air Festival
Little Gransden Airshow
Airbourne (Eastbourne) Airshow
Southport Airshow
Clacton Airshow
Bournemouth Air Festival
Sunderland Airshow
Weston Air Festival
Blackpool Airshow
English Riveria Airshow
Teignmouth Airshow
Tees Valley Airshow
UK Airshows (Wales):
Wales National Air Show
Rhyl Air Show
UK Airshows (Scotland):
Scotland's National Airshow (East Fortune)
Scottish International Airshow (Ayr)
UK Airshows (Northern Ireland):
Newcastle Festival of Flight
Airwaves: Northern Ireland Int. Airshow (Portrush)
UK Airshows (Channel Islands):
Jersey International Air Display
Guernsey Air Display
Flypasts/Events 2020:
Queen's Birthday Flypast 2020
VE Day Flypast 2020

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.

On the 25th August 2020 it was announced that the 'Flying Legends' air show, which is run by 'The Fighter Collection' (TFC), will no longer be taking place at Duxford. The 2020 show was cancelled due to the Coronavirus and the last 'Flying Legends' airshow to take place at Duxford was in 2019, a review can be found here.

The reason given by IWM Duxford was that due to 'financial pressures which have resulted from the coronavirus pandemic over the past few months, IWM Duxford has been required to examine all future events and consult with key partners to ensure that, as a charity, the organisation is able to maximise income and remain financially stable.'

It was therefore mutually agreed that TFC would seek an alternative location to host Flying Legends, which will be confirmed at a later date.

The full IWM Press release can be found here.

Duxford 2020 Airshows
Spitfire IX - 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 and if you like warbirds then Duxford is the airshow to visit.

Duxford 2020 Airshows:

23-24 May 2020 - Duxford Air Festival CANCELLED
11-12 July 2020 - Flying Legends CANCELLED
18 Sept 2020 - Duxford Battle of Britain Proms CANCELLED
19-20 Sept 2020 - Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show CANCELLED

More Events:

25 Apr - General Aviation EXPO 2020 POSTPONED
04 Aug 2020 - Showcase Day
19 Aug 2020 - Showcase Day
10 Oct 2020 - Showcase Day

2020 Duxford Airshows:

Duxford Air Festival - CANCELLED

From the Duxford Air Festival Organisers (17/3/20):

We know there are a lot of fans among you that were looking forward to what was shaping up to be the best Duxford Air Festival yet.

We welcome over 90,000 visitors to our Air Shows at IWM Duxford every year and the wellbeing of our visitors. staff and volunteers has, and always will be, our top priority.

It is with this in mind that, in line with advice from Public Health England, Duxford Air Festival 2020 will be cancelled.

If you have any questions about how this might affect you, click here to read our Q&A:

Thank you for supporting us, and we look forward to seeing you at IWM Duxford in the future. In the meantime please take care of yourselves and each other.

Duxford Air Festival 2019 Review & Photos.

Flying Legends Air Show Cancelled

The Flying Legends Air Show has been cancelled in 2020.

IWM Duxford News Release
IWM Duxford and The Fighter Collection announce relocation of Flying Legends Air Show...

Flying Legends 2019 Review & Photos.

18 Sept 2020 - Duxford Battle of Britain Proms CANCELLED

The new Duxford Battle of Britain Proms on Friday 18 September will start off Air Show commemorations, filled with flying and entertainment, climaxing with sunset flypasts and an evening filled with music.

The Friday spectacular Duxford Battle of Britain Proms sets off commemorations for the 80th anniversary Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show weekend.

Join us on Friday 18 September for a day filled with entertainment and showcase flying, climaxing in the special evening Proms, fireworks and sunset flypasts. A date to remember, step back in time to the perfect Great British Summer evening.

We are proud to announce the D-Day Darlings are joining us at the Duxford Battle of Britain Proms, bringing the true spirit of the wartime era alive. Hear them sing heartfelt harmonies that kept Britain smiling.

Admission tickets are on sale now. For an extra special reason to book early, secure tickets to the Duxford Battle of Britain Proms by 12 noon on Friday 10 July and enter our prize draw, with thanks to Aerial Collective, to win a once-in-a-lifetime flight in a Spitfire.

We're delighted to announce The FlyBoys have joined the Duxford Battle of Britain Proms line-up!

In a fusion of unforgettable showmanship, The FlyBoys with their effortless vocals and sublime harmonies, will whisk you back to the golden age of big bands but with an incredibly unique twist!

IWM Duxford News
Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show & Proms Cancelled...

19-20 Sept 2020 - Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show CANCELLED

IWM Duxford News
Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show & Proms Cancelled...

Participating Aircraft:
Red Arrows (Fri 3pm, Sat&Sun 1pm)
BBMF Lancaster, Spitfires & Hurricane (Fri 6pm, Sat&Sun 3pm)
Spitfire Mk.XVIe TD248
Spitfire Mk.Ia N3200
Spitfire Mk.XVII SM845
Spitfire T9 PT462
Spitfire T9 PV202
Spitfire PR.XI (NHS) PL983
Spitfire T.9 ML407
Spitfire Mk.Vc JG891
Spitfire Mk.Ia X4650
Spitfire Mk.Ia AR213
Spitfire PR.XI
Spitfire Mk.VIII MV154
Spitfire Mk.Vc AR501
Spitfire Mk.IXb MH434
Spitfire Mk.XIX PS853
Sea Hurricane Mk.Ib
Hurricane Mk.XIIa 5711
Hurricane Mk.I R4118
Sea Hurricane Mk.I P3717
Great War Display Team
Strikemaster Pair
The Blades
Yakolev Yak 3 G-OLEG
Hispano HA-112 MIL Buchon 'Yellow 10'
P-51D Mustang 44-84847
P-51D Mustang 'The Shark'
PBY-5a Catalina
North American P-51D Mustang 'Miss Helen'
North American Harvard Mk.IV 'Taz'
Fireflies Aerobatic Display Team (Fri only)
Tiger 9 Aeronautical Display Team
Noorduyn Harvard Mk.IV

Duxford Showcase Days:

On these exciting flying days, enjoy IWM Duxford's huge outdoors and historic airfield as you watch iconic aircraft take to the skies.

Experience two hours of flying and commentary, get up close to the aircraft as they park up on our airfield and have the chance to grab a chat with the pilots that flew them.

With flying in the afternoon our showcase displays are perfectly timed to also fit in a morning of exploring the museum and exhibitions.

Parking is free on Showcase days.

Duxford Showcase Day (4th August 2020):

Participating aircraft:
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia 'N3200'
de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver
Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann
North American P-51D Mustang 'Warhorse'
North American TF-51D Mustang 'Contrary Mary'
de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
de Havilland DHC-1 Chipmunk
North American Harvard Mk.IV 'Wacky Wabbit'
LeVier Cosmic Wind
North American NA-64 Yale
Cassutt IIIM Racer

£25 adult, £12.50 children, Members go free

More details and booking can be found on the Official IWM Duxford Website.
Duxford Showcase Day (19th August 2020):

The show will be shared with Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome.

Participating aircraft:
Hawker Hurricane Mk XIIa
LeVier Cosmic Wind
Supermarine Spitfire PR MK.XI
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia N3200
North American TF51D Mustang 'Contrary Mary'
North American P-51D Mustang 'Miss Helen'
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
North American Harvard Mk.IV 'Wacky Wabbit'
de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
SIAI Marchetti SF 260
Yakovlev Yak 50

More details and booking can be found on the Official IWM Duxford Website.
Duxford Showcase Day (10th October 2020):

Participating aircraft:
To be announced.

More details and booking can be found on the Official IWM Duxford Website.

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Duxford Airshow.

Spitfire - Duxford Airshow.

Buchon - Duxford Airshow.

P-51D Mustang - Duxford Airshow.