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Duxford Airshows 2018

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About Duxford:
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Location:
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County: Cambridgeshire
Satnav Postcode: CB22 4QR (new)
Satnav Postcode: CB2 4QR (old)
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Travel Information:
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Accommodation:
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Camping - Gayton Farm

Coach Travel, Hotel & Admission:
Omega Breaks

Weather Forecast:
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Duxford Photographs:
Review (2018 Sept)
Review (2018 Legends)
Review (2018 May)
Review (2017 Sept)
Review (2017 Legends)
Review (2017 May)
Review (2016 Sept)
Photographs (2015 Sept)
Review (2014 Sept)
Photographs (2014 Sept)
Photographs (2014 Spring)
Photographs (2014 Spring)
Photographs (2013 Autumn)
Photographs (2013 Sept)
Review (2013 Legends)
Photographs (2013 Spring)
Photographs (2012 Autumn)
Photographs (2012 Sept)
Review (2012 Legends)
Photographs (2012 May)
Photographs (2011 Sept)
Review (2011 Legends)
Photographs (2011 Spring)
Photographs (2010 Autumn)
Review (2010 Legends)
Photographs (2010 Legends)
Review (2010 Spring)
Photographs (2009 Autumn)
Review (2009 Sept)
Review (2009 Legends)
Photographs (2009 Spring)
Photographs (2008 Oct)
Photographs (2008 Sept)
Photographs (2008 Legends)
Photographs (2008 Spring)
Photographs (2007 Sept)
Photographs (2007 Legends)
Photographs (2007 Spring)
Photographs (2006 Spitfire)
Photographs (2006 Legends)
Photographs (2006 Airspace)
Photographs (2005 Legends)
Photographs (2004 Airshow)
Photographs (2003 Legends)
Photographs (2002 Legends)
Photographs (2001 Airshows)

General Information:
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Official Website & Links:
IWM Duxford
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The Fighter Collection
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Aircraft Restoration Company
Historic Aircraft Collection
Historic Flying Limited
B-17 Preservation
Grace Spitfire

Museum:
Imperial War Museum Duxford

UK Airshows:
Shuttleworth Airshows
Duxford Airshows
Royal International Air Tattoo
Farnborough Airshow
RAF Cosford Airshow
Biggin Hill Festival of Flight
RNAS Yeovilton Air Day
Abingdon Air & Country Show
Scampton Airshow
Welsh Airshows
Scottish Airshows
Dunsfold Wings & Wheels
Jersey & Guernsey Airshows
Midlands Air Festival

UK Seafront Airshows:
Airbourne (Eastbourne) Airshow
Southport Airshow
Clacton Airshow
Bournemouth Air Festival
Sunderland Airshow
Weston Air Festival
Blackpool Airshow
Great Yarmouth Air Show
Torbay Airshow


Duxford Airshow.

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.



Omega Breaks
Omega Breaks are offering two days at the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2018:

Return coach travel.
1 night dinner, bed and breakfast at our selected hotel.
Admission to the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show.

More details can be found by clicking here.

Ticket Prices:
Please check with official IWM Duxford website for ticket prices and booking.

















Duxford 2018 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 2018 Airshows:

26-27 May 2018 - Duxford Air Festival
14-15 July 2018 - Flying Legends Air Show
22-23 Sept 2018 - Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show




2018 Duxford Airshows:

26-27 May 2018 - 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

Flying Display Aircraft (2018):
AeroSuperBatics WingWalkers (F)
TRIG Aerobatic Team (F)
Farner Werke (F+W) Schlepp C-3605 (F)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia N3200 (F)
Tiger 9 Formation Team (F)
Great War Display Team (F)
Global Stars Team (F)
B-17G Flying Fortress - Sally B (F)
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (F)
RAF Chinook (Saturday) (F)
Goodyear FG-1D Corsair - TFC (F)
Grumman FM2 Wildcat - TFC (F)
Noorduyn Mk.IIb Harvard - TFC (F)
Hawker Sea Fury T-20 - TFC (F)
Hawker Sea Fury T-20 - RNHF (F)
Fairey Swordfish Mk I - RNHF (F)
Hawker Fury FB11 (F)
North American T-6 Harvard (F)
North American T-6 Harvard (F)
North American T-6 Harvard (F)
North American T-6 Harvard (F)
North American T-6 Harvard (F)
North American T-28 Trojan (F)
Douglas C-47 Skytrain (F)
Patrouille de France (Sunday) (F)
Dassault Rafale (F)
Equipe de Voltige (F)
P-47 Thunderbolt 'Nellie' (F)
de Havilland DHC-1 (F)


Duxford Air Festival 2018 Review & Photos.

Duxford Air Festival Tickets (advance ticket only):
Early Bird priced tickets will be available to purchase both online and from IWM Duxford Visitor Centre from January 2018. Air shows are advanced ticket only events.

Duxford Air Festival Ticket booking.

Gates open 8am, Flying Starts 1pm, both days.

You can win 2x VIP Gold Experience tickets for the Duxford Air Festival on Sunday 27th May 2018:
Click here for Competition details.
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Hotel Accommodation:
Local hotels for the Duxford Air Festival




14-15 July 2018 - 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.

Participating aircraft:

Flying Display Aircraft:
Hawker Sea Fury T.20 WG655 (G-CHFP) - TFC
Grumman Bearcat F8F (G-RUMM) - TFC
Grumman Wildcat FM-2 (G-RUMW) - TFC
Curtiss-Wright Hawk 75 (G-CCVH) - TFC
Curtiss-Wright P.40C (G-CIIO) - TFC
Curtiss-Wright Warhawk P40F (G-CGZP) - TFC
Goodyear Corsair FG-1D (G-FGID) - TFC
Supermarine Spitfire LFVb EP120 (G-LFVB) - TFC
Lockheed P-38 'Lightning' (N25Y) - The Flying Bulls
F4U-4 'Corsair' (OE-EAS) - The Flying Bulls
B-25J 'Mitchell' (N6123C) - The Flying Bulls
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia (G-AIST)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk I (G-CGUK)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia (G-CFGJ)
Supermarine Spitfire Tr.9 (G-CCCA)
Bristol Blenheim Mk.I (G-BPIV)
Boeing B-17G (G-BEDF)
Bf109 Buchon (G-AWHK) - ARC
Bf109 Hispano Buchon 'Red 11' (G-AWHC)
North American P-51D Mustang (G-SHWN)
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I P2902 (G-ROBT)
Classic Formation - Beech 18 x3 & DC-3
North American P51D Mustang 'Trusty Rusty' (PH-JAT)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXb (G-ASJV)
Hawker Sea Fury Mk.II (G-CBEL)
Hawker Hurricane Mk. I 'P3717' (G-HITT)
Supermarine Spitfire Vb BM597 (G-MKVB)
Douglas C-53D-DO Dakota (LN-WND)
Hawker Hurricane XII 'Z5140' (G-HURI)
Supermarine Spitfire FR XIV (G-SPIT)
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt (G-THUN)
HA-1112-M4L Buchon, Bf109 'Yellow 7' (G-AWHM)
Supermarine Spitfire IX (G-LFIX)
Hawker Hurricane Mk IIa (F-AZXR)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI (Low Back) (G-OXVI)
Supermarine Spitfire PRXI PL983 (G-PRXI)
Heritage Flight - F-35A Lightning II & P-51D Mustang
Flying Bulls Douglas DC-6B (OE-LDM)
Supermarine Spitfire Tr.9 (G-CTIX)
Bucker Jungmann (G-BSAJ)
BBMF Lancaster (Sunday only)
Hispano HA-1112-M4L Buchon 'White 9' (G-AWHH)
Vought Corsair F4U-5N (F-AZEG)
Supermarine Spitfire MkVc (G-LFVC)
P-51D Mustang 'The Hun Hunter\Texas' (N351MX)
Supermarine Spitfire MK Vc (G-IBSY)
North American TF51D Mustang 'Contrary Mary' (G-TFSI)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIII (G-BUOS)

Flying Legends 2017 Review & Photos.

Flying Legends Tickets (advance ticket only):
Early Bird priced tickets will be available to purchase both online and from IWM Duxford Visitor Centre from January 2018. Air shows are advanced ticket only events.

Flying Legends Air Show Ticket booking

Hotel Accommodation:
Local hotels for the Flying Legends Air Show




22-23 September 2018 - 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:
Red Arrows - RAF
Typhoon FGR4 - RAF
Voyager KC Mk.2 & 2x Typhoon FGR4 - RAF (Flypast)
Tornado GR4, F-35 Lightning II, Lancaster - RAF (617 Sqn Flypast)
Atlas A400M RAF (Flypast)
Tutor T1 RAF
Spitfire I N3200 - Imperial War Museums
Spitfire I AR213 - Comanche Fighters via TFC
Spitfire I X4650 - Comanche Fighters via TFC
Spitfire Vb EP120 - TFC
Spitfire Vb BM597 - HAC
Spitfire Vc AR501 - Shuttleworth Collection
Spitfire Vc JG891 - Comanche Fighters
Spitfire Vc EE602 - Richard Grace
Spitfire VIII MT928 - Maxi Gainza
Spitfire IX TD314 - Aero Legends
Spitfire IXb MH434 - OFMC
Spitfire T9 - ARC
Spitfire T9 - Aero Legends
Spitfire T9 - ARC
Spitfire PRXI PL983 - ARC
Spitfire PRXI PL965 - P. Teichman
Spitfire XIVe MV268 - Richard Grace
Spitfire XVIe TD248 - Eastern Airways
Spitfire XVIII SM845 - Eastern Airways
Hurricane I V7497 - ARC
Hurricane I P2902 - Richard Grace
Hurricane XIIa 5711 - HAC
Hurricane R4118 - ARC
Sea Hurricane Ib Z7015 - Shuttleworth Collection
Avro Tutor - Shuttleworth Collection
Avro Anson C19 - BAE Systems Heritage Flight
BAC Jet Provost - Jeff Bell
Blackburn B2 - BAE Systems Heritage Flight
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress - B-17 Preservation Ltd
Bristol Fighter - Shuttleworth Collection
Bristol Blenheim I - ARC
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina - Plane Sailing
De Havilland DH.82a Tiger Moth - Classic Wings
De Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide - Classic Wings
De Havilland Devon - Aero Legends
De Havilland Vampire FB52 - NAFHS
De Havilland Vampire T55 - NAFHS
De Havilland Canada Chipmunk WZ879 - Howard Cook
Folland Gnat T1 x2 - Oliver Wheeldon
Gloster Gladiator I - Shuttleworth Collection
Hawker Nimrod I - TFC
Hawker Nimrod II - HAC
Hawker Fury I - HAC
Buchon HA-112 MIL - ARC
HA-1112-M4L Buchon "White 9" - Richard Grace
HA-1112-M4L Buchon "Yellow 7" - Richard Grace
HA-1112-M4L Buchon "Red 11" - Richard Grace
MiG-15UTI - NAFHS
Miles Magister - Shuttleworth Collection
Harvard - ARC
P-51D Mustang 44-73877 - NSF
P-51D Mustang 44-72216 - ARC
Percival Prentice - Aero Legends
Percival Provost T1 - Dave Cooper
Percival Pembroke CI - Percival Aircraft
RAF SE5a - Shuttleworth Collection
Westland Lysander - Shuttleworth Collection
Westland Whirlwind HAR10 - Andrew Whitehouse
Yakovlev Yak 3 - Will Greenwood
Yakovlev Yak 3 - Mark Davy

In a unique display for IWM Duxford in 2018, witness the RAF demonstrating its air-to-air refuelling capabilities with the Voyager KC Mk.2 tanker taking to the skies alongside an immense Atlas A400M transport aircraft and two Eurofighter Typhoons. Following their spectacular show at #RIAT2018, experience the 617 Squadron 'Dambusters' flypast, featuring the F-35B Lightning II, Avro Lancaster and Tornado GR4. Plus, see one of the last flying displays by the Tornado GR4 before it retires from active service in 2019.

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show Sunday schedule.

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2017 Review.

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show Tickets (advance ticket only):
Early Bird priced tickets will be available to purchase both online and from IWM Duxford Visitor Centre from January 2018. Air shows are advanced ticket only events.

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show Ticket booking

Hotel Accommodation:
Local hotels for the Duxford Airshow






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Press Releases:

IWM Duxford Air Shows
RAF Centenary finale presents 100 years of flying at the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show...

The Flying Legends Airshow at Duxford
Debut flying displays and an array of vintage entertainment to be presented at the Flying Legends Air Show in July 2018...

IWM Duxford Air Shows
IWM Duxford announces 2018 air show season with fabulous flying and commemoration of the RAF Centenary...