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Duxford Airshows 2019

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UK Airshows (England):
Shuttleworth Airshows
Duxford Airshows
Royal International Air Tattoo
Farnborough Airshow
RAF Cosford Airshow
Biggin Hill Festival of Flight
Royal Navy International Air Day
Abingdon Air & Country Show
Dunsfold Wings & Wheels
Midlands Air Festival
Little Gransden Airshow
Airbourne (Eastbourne) Airshow
Southport Airshow
Clacton Airshow
Bournemouth Air Festival
Sunderland Airshow
Weston Air Festival
Blackpool Airshow
Torbay Airshow
Teignmouth Airshow
UK Airshows (Wales):
Wales National Air Show
Rhyl Air Show
UK Airshows (Scotland):
Scotland's National Airshow (East Fortune)
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 2019:
Queen's Birthday Flypast 2019
Tornado Farewell Flypasts 2019
DAKS over Normandy

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.
22 June 2019 - Vintage Evening

Please note that the Vintage Evening at Duxford on the 22 June 2019 has been cancelled:

'We are sorry to have to inform you that the Vintage Evening at IWM Duxford has had to be cancelled. The weather forecast for the week and event day means it's highly unlikely the DH9 would be prepared and able to display at the event, so we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the event today.'

'We do apologise for the disappointment this will cause but safety standards are paramount. If you have booked in advance for this event you will have received an email from IWM.'

Imperial War Museum Duxford.

Aircraft that were going to display:
Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vb
Hawker Hurricane Mk XIIa
Hawker Nimrod II
Hawker Fury
Fokker DR.I Triplane
Airco DH.9

Duxford 2019 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 with the popular Flying Legends Air Show usually being held in July. If you like warbirds then Duxford is the airshow to visit.

Duxford 2019 Airshows:

25-26 May 2019 - Duxford Air Festival
13-14 July 2019 - Flying Legends Air Show
21-22 Sept 2019 - Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

More Events:

02-05 June 2019 - DAKS over Normandy
22 June 2019 - Vintage Evening at IWM Duxford

2019 Duxford Airshows:

25-26 May 2019 - Duxford Air Festival

Experience the thrills in the sky above, and enjoy the fun on the showground below at the Spring Bank Holiday weekend Duxford Air Festival

Participating Aircraft:
Breitling Jet Team
RAF Typhoon
Jet Provost T3
Strikemaster Pair
RAF Hawk T1 (Static)
Martin-Baker Meteor, Test Aircraft (Static)
RAF Chinook
The Blades Aerobatic Team
B-17G Flying Fortress 'Sally B'
Spitfire Mk.1a (N3200)
AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers
Apache AH1
P-47D Thunderbolt - Air Leasing
Bader Bus Company - PA-28 Warriors
TF-51D Mustang 'Contrary Mary'
Catalina PBY-5A
Tiger 9 Aeronautical Display Team
Percival Provost T1
RAF Tutor T1
Miles Trio
Historic Army Aircraft Flight
Westland Whirlwind HAR.10
F-15E Strike Eagle, P-47 & P-51 (Flypast - Sunday)

Duxford Air Festival 2019 Review & Photos.

Duxford Air Festival Tickets (advance ticket only):
Duxford Air Festival Ticket booking.

Duxford Air Festival Accommodation:

13-14 July 2019 - Flying Legends Air Show

The Flying Legends Air Show is organised and produced by The Fighter Collection, based at IWM Duxford. Flying Legends combines flying displays of remarkable historic aircraft with engaging nostalgic activities to create an authentic 1940s atmosphere at IWM Duxford's wartime airfield. IWM Duxford and car parks open at 8am and the flying display will take place from 2pm to 5.30pm.

Flying Display Aircraft:
Red Arrows (Saturday 12pm)

Supermarine Spitfire LFVb EP120 (G-LFVB) - TFC
Curtiss-Wright P-36C (G-CIXJ) - TFC
Curtiss-Wright Hawk 75 (G-CCVH) - TFC
Curtiss-Wright P.40C (G-CIIO) - TFC
Curtiss-Wright Warhawk P40F (G-CGZP) - TFC
Grumman Wildcat FM-2 (G-RUMW) - TFC
Grumman Bearcat F8F (G-RUMM) - TFC
Goodyear Corsair FG-1D (G-FGID) - TFC
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt 'Nellie' (G-THUN)
North American TF51D Mustang 'Contrary Mary' (G-TFSI)
Hawker Sea Fury Mk.II (G-CBEL)
Supermarine Spitfire FR XIV (G-SPIT)
Supermarine Spitfire MK Vc (G-IBSY)
Bristol Blenheim Mk.I (G-BPIV)
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress (G-BEDF)
Hispano HA-1112-M4L Buchon "Yellow 7" (G-AWHM)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia (G-CFGJ)
Supermarine Spitfire PRXI PL983 (G-PRXI)
Hispano HA-1112-M4L Buchon "White 9" (G-AWHH)
Supermarine Spitfire Vb BM597 (G-MKVB)
North American P-51D Mustang (Shark mouth G-SHWN)
Hawker Sea Fury T.20 WG655 (G-INVN)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXb (G-ASJV)
Hispano HA-1112-M4L Buchon "Red 11" (G-AWHC)
Hispano HA-112 MIL (Buchon) "Yellow 10" (G-AWHK)
Supermarine Spitfire Tr.9 (G-CTIX)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI (G-OXVI)
Consolidated PBY Catalina (G-PBYA)
Supermarine Spitfire MkVc (G-LFVC)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIII (G-BUOS)
De Havilland DH-9, E-8894 (G-CDLI)
DC-3 Dakota (N877MG)
Supermarine Spitfire MkIa (G-AIST)
Douglas DC-3 (C-47 Skytrain / Dakota (N473DC)
Douglas DC-3 (C-47 Skytrain / Dakota (N147DC)
Beech 18 (N21FS) - The Classic Formation
Beech 18 (N223CM) - The Classic Formation
Beech 18 (N184KP) - The Classic Formation
DC-3 (N431HM) - The Classic Formation
Supermarine Spitfire IX (G-LFIX)
AeroSuperBatics Wing Walkers
Supermarine Spitfire Tr.9 (G-CCCA)
Piper Aircraft Corporation L-4 Grasshoppers x2
Hispano HA-1112-M1L Buchon 'White 5' (G-AWHR)
Supermarine Spitfire MkI (G-CGUK)
Westland Lysander Mk.III V9312 (G-CCOM)

Flying Legends 2019 Review & Photos.

Flying Legends Tickets (advance ticket only):
Flying Legends Air Show Ticket booking

Duxford Flying Legends Accommodation:

21-22 Sept 2019 - Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

The Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show brings to life Duxford's finest hour as an important Second World War fighter station defending Great Britain from aerial attack in 1940.

Flying Display Aircraft:
BBMF Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane
Yak-3 G-OLEG
Yak-9 HB-RYA
B-17 Sally B
P-51D Mustang 44-72035
Hurricane Mk I V7947
Hurricane Mk I R4118
Hurricane Mk I P2902
Hurricane Mk XIIa 5711
Hawker Fury K5674
NA-64 Yale G-BYNF
Great War Display Team
Vultee BT-13 Valiant N313BT
Mig-15UTI 'Red 18'
T-33 Silver Star 133599
Bristol Blenheim Mk.I L6739
P-47D Thunderbolt 'Nellie' G-THUN
Westland Lysander V9312
Westland Lysander Mk.III V9552
HA-1112-M4L Buchon 'Yellow 7'
HA-1112-M4L Buchon 'Yellow 10'
HA-1112-M4L Buchon 'White 9'
HA-1112-M4L Buchon 'White 5'
Gloster Gladiator Mk.I L8032
Sea Fury T.20
P-51D Mustang 44-72216
P-51D Mustang 44-73877
Corsair FG-1D
Sea Fury T.20 WG655
F8F-2P Bearcat
Wildcat FM2
Harvard Mk.IV 'Taz'
TF-51D Mustang 44-84847'
De Havilland DH-9 E8894
Noorduyn Harvard Mk.IV GCORS
Spitfire Mk.Ia N3200
Spitfire PR.XI PL965
Spitfire Mk.IX RR232
Spitfire Mk.Vb BM597
Spitfire Mk.IXb MH434
Spitfire Mk.XVII SM845
Spitfire Mk.Ia AR213
Spitfire Mk.Ia X4650
Spitfire T9 PV202
Spitfire T9 PT462
Spitfire Mk.XVIe TD248
Spitfire T9 NH341
Spitfire Mk.IX TD314
Spitfire Mk.VIII MV154
Spitfire Mk.Vb EP120
Spitfire Mk.Vc JG891
Spitfire T9 ML407
Spitfire Mk.Vc EE602
Spitfire Mk.XIX PS853
Spitfire Mk.XIV MV293
Spitfire Mk.XIV RN201

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2019 Review & Photos.

BBMF display at 1.43pm on both days. A Mass Spitfire formation can be seen at 4.50pm and the flypast will end with a poignant solo from Spitfire MH434, in tribute to legendary display pilot Mark Hanna.

IWM Duxford
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Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2019 Press Release...

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2018 Review.

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show Tickets
(advance ticket only):

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show Ticket booking

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show Accommodation:

02-05 June 2019 - DAKS over Normandy

From 2 to 9 June 2019 the Daks over Normandy - 75th D-Day commemoration 1944 - 2019 event will take place in two locations. From 2 to 5 June at IWM Duxford Airfield, close to Cambridge and from 5 to 9 June at Caen Carpiquet Airport in France. Both these locations have been carefully chosen by the event organizers for their location, logistics and their wartime heritage.

Daks over Normandy is a once in a lifetime and unequalled event. For never since World War II have so many Douglas DC-3/C-47's again been assembled in one location. During the Daks over Normandy event in both the UK and France, the aircraft will be on display and will be demonstrated in flight. Scenic flights and parachute jumps will be organised. And just like on 5 June 1944, on the 5th of June 2019 all these aircraft will fly in formation across the English Channel for an airborne parachute drop over the original 1944 drop zones.

More information and a programme of events & aircraft taking part can be found by clicking here.

DAKS over Normandy information page.
DAKS over Duxford.
DAKS over Normandy official website.
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Flying Legends Display Schedule 2019

12.00pm - Red Arrows (Saturday only).

Sat & Sun 13-14 July 2019

2.00pm - Spitfires (scramble, tailchase, flypasts).

2.15pm - Movie Stars (Battle of Britain Buchons).

2.30pm - B-17 Bomber and escorts.

2.45pm - Classic Formation (C-47A & Beech 18s).

3.00pm - Curtiss Quartet (P-40C, P-40F, Hawk 75 & P-36).

3.10pm - Battle of Britain (Blenheim, Lysander & 3x Spitfire Is).

3.30pm - Ultimate Fighters (P-47, Spitfire V, Buchon & TF-51D).

3.45pm - Navy Tribute (Bearcat, Corsair, Sea Fury, Catalina & Wildcat).

4.15pm - D-Day Tribute (3x C-47s & 2x L-4 Cubs).

4.30pm - Debut display of Historic Aircraft Collection's DH9.

4.45pm - Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers.

5.00pm - C-47 Solo D-Day.

5.05pm - Balbo Finale and 'The Joker'.

Duxford Airshow.

Spitfire - Duxford Airshow.

Buchon - Duxford Airshow.

P-51D Mustang - Duxford Airshow.

BBMF Schedule & Times

Saturday 21st September - 1.43pm - LHS.
Sunday 22nd September - 1.43pm - LHS.

L=Lancaster, H=Hurricane, S=Spitfire.

BBMF Schedule 2019.