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UK Airshows (England):
Shuttleworth Airshows
Duxford Airshows
Flying Legends Airshow
Royal International Air Tattoo
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
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Weston Air Festival
Blackpool Airshow
English Riviera Airshow
Teignmouth 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 2021:
Queen's Birthday Flypast 2021

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.

All Duxford Air Shows were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) although several 'Showcase Days' went ahead that year.

Duxford 2021 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 when attending 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.

There will be two air shows in 2021 including the 'Duxford Summer Air Show' in July and the 'Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show' in September, there will also be several 'Duxford Flying Days'. Note that 'The Flying Legends Airshow' which has previously been held at Duxford will be held at Sywell Aerodrome in 2021. More details here.

Duxford 2021 Airshows:

24-25 July - Duxford Summer Air Show 2021
18-19 Sep - Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2021

Duxford Flying Days/Flying Evenings 2021:

Sat 24 April 2021 Cancelled
Sat 08 May 2021 Cancelled
Sat 22 May 2021 'Standing Together'
Sun 06 June 2021 'Commemorating D-Day'
Sat 19 June 2021 'Model Aircraft' :-
(See RC Model Aircraft Shows Calendar).
Sun 20 June 2021 'Thank You Dads'
Sat 03 July 2021 'Behind the Scenes'
Wed 04 August 2021 'Squadron 19 Heroes'
Wed 11 August 2021 'Showtime'
Thur 19 August 2021 'Young Aviators'
Sat 28 August 2021 Flying Evenings: 'After Hours'
Sat 04 September 2021 'The Fighters'
Sat 09 October 2021 'Best of 2021'

2021 Duxford Airshows:

Duxford Summer Air Show - 24-25 July 2021

Participating Aircraft:
Red Arrows
The Blades Aerobatic Team
RAF Falcons Parachute Team
AeroSuperbatics Wingwalkers
Little and Large Extra Duo
RAF Typhoon
B-17G Flying Fortress 'Sally B'
P-47D Thunderbolt
TF-51D Mustang 'Contrary Mary'
P-51D Mustang 'The Hun Hunter Texas'
Grumman Wildcat FM2
Spitfire PR.XI NHS PL963
Spitfire Mk.Ia AR213
Spitfire Mk.Ia X4650
Spitfire Mk.Ia N3200
Spitfire Mk.IXb MH434
PBY-5A Catalina
Strikemaster Pair
Tiger 9 Aeronautical Display Team

Flying Display Schedule:
1.30pm - RAF Falcons Parachute Team
1.50pm - RAF Typhoon
2.00pm - The Blades Aerobatic Team
2.20pm - Little and Large Extra Duo
2.35pm - Tiger 9 Aeronautical Display Team
3.00pm - T6 Harvard
3.15pm - B-17, TF51D Mustang & P-47 Thunderbolt
3.40pm - Catalina & Grumman Wildcat
3.55pm - Strikemaster Pair
4.15pm - AeroSuperbatics Wingwalkers
4.20pm - Spitfire Formation
4.50pm - Spitfire x1 Display
5.00pm - Red Arrows

Subject to change due to weather. The Blades may now display at 4.02pm.

IWM Duxford's upcoming Air Show announces expansion...

Legendary Red Arrows to headline Duxford Summer Air Show this July with tickets on sale from today...

Red Arrows Dates & Timings:

Sat 24th July 2021 at 5pm - Red Arrows
Sun 25th July 2021 at 5pm - Red Arrows

Red Arrows Route Map to Duxford on 24th-25th July 2021.

Duxford Air Festival 2019 Review & Photos.

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show - 18-19 Sep 2021

Participating Aircraft:

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2019.

Duxford Flying Days
(F)=Flying Display

Sat 22 May 2021 'Standing Together':
Spitfire Mk.Ia N3200 (F)
Consolidated PBY5A Catalina (F)
Hurricane Mk XIIa 5711 (F)
Spitfire Mk.Vb EP120 (F)
Corsair FG-1D (F)
SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 (F)
See the NHS Spitfire close-up
Showcasing HAC static aircraft
Duxford Flying Day - 22 May 2021 Review

Sun 06 June 2021 'Commemorating D-Day':
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXb MH434 (F)
Hispano HA-112 M1L Buchon (F)
Goodyear Corsair FG-1D (F)
Piper L-4 Grasshopper x3 (F)
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt (F)
North American TF-51 Mustang (F)
Douglas C-47 Skytrain (F)
Grumman Wildcat FM2 (F)
See the B-17G Flying Fortress
See the AT-16 Harvard IIB
See the NHS Spitfire close-up
Showcasing HAC static aircraft
Duxford Flying Day - 06 June 2021 Photos

Sun 20 June 2021 'Thank You Dads':
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1a N3200 (F)
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I P3717 (F)
Consolidated PBY5A Catalina (F)
Hispano HA-112 M1L Buchon (F)
Curtiss Hawk 75 (F)
North American NA-64 Yale (F)
See the NHS Spitfire close-up
Showcasing HAC static aircraft

Sat 03 July 2021 'Behind the Scenes':
P51 Mustang G-TFSI (F)
Hispano Buchon G-AWHH (F)
Hispano Buchon G-AWHK (F)
Extra 300 G-XXTR (F)
DH83 Fox Moth (F)
Spitfire PRXI (NHS) G-PRXI (F)
Spitfire Mk IX MH434 (F)
Spitfire Mk V G-LFVB (F)
T67 Firefly (F)
Grumman Wildcat G-RUMW (F)
Chipmunk (F)
Showcasing HAC static aircraft

Wed 04 August 2021 'Squadron 19 Heroes':
See the NHS Spitfire close-up
Showcasing HAC static aircraft

Wed 11 August 2021 'Showtime':
See the NHS Spitfire close-up
Showcasing HAC static aircraft

Thur 19 August 2021 'Young Aviators':
ARC & Aerial Collective
Showcasing HAC static aircraft

Sat 28 August 2021 Flying Evenings: 'After Hours':
Spitfire LF Mk.Vb EP120 (F)
P-40F Warhawk (F)
HA-112 MIL Buchon (F)
Spitfire Mk.Ia N3200 (F)
Hurricane Mk.I P3713 (F)
Otto the helicopter (F)
DHC-2 Beaver (F)
A special 'after hours' flying display as the sun goes down over this historic airfield.

Sat 04 September 2021 'The Fighters':
Corsair FG-1D (F)
P-40F Warhawk (F)
Spitfire Mk.XIV

Sat 09 October 2021 'Best of 2021':
ARC & Aerial Collective
Showcasing HAC static aircraft

IWM Duxford Press Releases:

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