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Duxford American Air Day

 

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sally B Memphis Belle and P-51D-25 Mustang Ferocious Frankie at Duxford American Air Day 2009

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sally B Memphis Belle and P-51D-25 Mustang Ferocious Frankie. Photo by Denis J. Calvert Inter-Air Press

 

Duxford's American Air Day held each year late August has been running for several years and remains as popular as ever. Showcasing the combined work of the United States Air Force (USAF) in Europe and in particular the Third Air Force, based in the United Kingdom. The day includes ground and flying displays and flypasts by a number of the USAFE aircraft which are based in East Anglia and flown over from RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath. The American Air Day also features some displays from Duxford based aircraft, this combination of American aircraft and Duxford's aircraft is an acknowledgment of the connection between Duxford Aerodrome and the United States Air Force. This is represented today by the stunning American Air Museum situated at Duxford.

 

A few notes for your diary

D-Day Anniversary Air Show - 24 & 25 May 2014

Flying Legends - 12th & 13th July 2014

The Duxford Air Show - 13th & 14th September 2014

 

For the Duxford Imperial War Museum section

Duxford Imperial War Museum website

 

Duxford American Air Day 2012 - Friday 17th August 2012

 

Lockheed MC-130P Hercules (L-382) 65-0991 (cn 382-4152) at Duxford American Air Day 2012

Duxford’s annual American Air Day keeps alive the historic link between IWM Duxford and the United States Air Force. The American Air Museum houses the largest collection of US military aircraft in Europe. American Air Day celebrates the close links between our two countries, and gives visitors a chance to meet USAF service personnel and see how their operations are carried out. With two C-130 Hercules parked on Duxford’s jet pan it certainly gave the spectators a close up of these large aircraft. Both of the aircraft are modified for use by the special operation group at RAF Mildenhall and were open to the public for most of the day. There were flypasts by a KC-135 tanker also from Mildenhall and F-15 Eagle aircraft from Lakenheath during the day. As well as a nice display of American vehicles on display, there were numerous stalls either displaying equipment or selling memorabilia associated with the USAF military. During the day there were also demonstrations by the K9 dog display, and performances by the 'Wings of Dixie' band. As usual a good day out for all the family with plenty of activities throughout the day.

 

Piper L-4H Grasshopper G-BOXJ/479897 at Duxford American Air Day 2012
Lockheed MC-130P Hercules (L-382) 65-0991 (cn 382-4152) at Duxford American Air Day 2012
Lockheed MC-130P Hercules (L-382) 65-0991 (cn 382-4152) at Duxford American Air Day 2012
McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle pair at Duxford American Air Day 2012
Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker at Duxford American Air Day 2012
CCF T-6J Harvard Mk4 G-BUKY/52-8543/66 (cn CCF4-464) at Duxford American Air Day 2012
US Army - Boeing PT-27 Kaydet (D75N1) G-RJAH/44 (cn 75-4041) at Duxford American Air Day 2012
North American T-28S Fennec 119/N14113 Little Rascal at Duxford American Air Day 2012
North American P-51D Mustang G-BTCD/413704/B7-H (cn 122-39608) at Duxford American Air Day 2012
Ryan PT-22 Recruit (ST3KR) G-BTBH/854 (cn 2063) at Duxford American Air Day 2012
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress G-BEDF 44-85784 Sally B Memphis Belle at Duxford American Air Day 2012
Lockheed MC-130P Hercules (L-382) 65-0991 (cn 382-4152) at Duxford American Air Day 2012

Images courtesy of Stuart Thurtle www.aircraftimage.zenfolio.com

 

 

Duxford American Air Day 2011 - Friday 19th August 2011

 

McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle pair at Duxford American Air Day 2011

American Air Day at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford this year was blessed with fine weather and as usual there were classic American cars and motorcycles on show and numerous demonstrations and stalls, mainly from Mildenhall and Lakenheath.

American Air Day is not an air show but a chance for American service personnel to meet and interact with the general public. As well as the fantastic collection of American aircraft on show in the American Air Museum, Colonel Richard Graham an Ex SR-71 and U2 pilot was on hand to give walk around tours of the museum’s SR-71 aircraft. This year saw a C-130 Hercules from Mildenhall carry out a short field landing before reversing into its parking slot, this exhibit is very popular with visitors as the aircraft is open to the public most of the day. As well as the C-130 there were flypasts by F-15E and F-15C aircraft from Lakenheath and also Duxford based aircraft such as the North American Harvard, the PBY-5A Catalina and the F-86 Sabre.

 

North American T-28A Fennec G-TROY/517692 (cn 174-545) at Duxford American Air Day 2011
Pitts S-1D Special G-IIIP (cn PFA 009-10195) and G-BETI (cn PFA 009-10156) at Duxford American Air Day 2011
Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker at Duxford American Air Day 2011
North American AT-28D Trojan N14113/51-7545 (cn 174-398) Little Rascal at Duxford American Air Day 2011
Lockheed MC-130P Combat Shadow Hercules (L-382) 64-4854 (cn 382-4038) at Duxford American Air Day 2011
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb G-MKVB BM597 (JH-C) at Duxford American Air Day 2011
North American F-86A Sabre G-SABR/8178/FU-178 (cn 151-43547) at Duxford American Air Day 2011
Beech D17S G-BRVE (cn 6701) at Duxford American Air Day 2011
Lockheed MC-130P Combat Shadow Hercules (L-382) 64-4854 (cn 382-4038) at Duxford American Air Day 2011
Canadian Vickers PBV-1A Canso A (28) G-PBYA/433915 (cn CV-283) at Duxford American Air Day 2011
North American F-86A Sabre G-SABR/8178/FU-178 (cn 151-43547) at Duxford American Air Day 2011
Lockheed MC-130P Combat Shadow Hercules (L-382) 64-4854 (cn 382-4038) at Duxford American Air Day 2011

Images courtesy of Stuart Thurtle www.aircraftimage.zenfolio.com

 

 

Duxford American Air Day 2009 - Friday 21st August 2009

 

Lockheed C-130 Hercules and Sikorsky MH-60G/HH-60G Pave Hawk at Duxford American Air Day 2009

Lockheed C-130 Hercules and Sikorsky MH-60G/HH-60G Pave Hawk
Photo Bruce Martin

The American Air Day was held at Duxford on August 21st, this in fact was the third annual American Air Day held at Duxford. This event gives some of the USAF units based in the UK the chance to interact with the general public and show off some of their front line aircraft, as well as some of their seldom seen support units.

As well as restored classic American aircraft such as the B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B, the P-51D Mustang Ferocious Frankie. Several modern aircraft were displayed including the F-15E Strike Eagle from RAF Lakenheath and a K-135 Tanker from RAF Mildenhall. Also from Mildenhall was an MC-130P Hercules from the 352nd Special Operations Group who dropped parachutists onto the airfield before landing and parking the aircraft up on static display.

 

P-51D-25 Mustang G-BTCD 44-73419 Ferocious Frankie at Duxford American Air Day 2009
Boeing-Stearman PT-17 and P-51D-25 Mustang G-BTCD 44-73419 Ferocious Frankie at Duxford American Air Day 2009
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress G-BEDF 44-85784 Sally B Memphis Belle and P-51D-25 Mustang G-BTCD 44-73419 Ferocious Frankie at Duxford American Air Day 2009
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress G-BEDF 44-85784 Sally B Memphis Belle at Duxford American Air Day 2009
Parachutist at Duxford American Air Day 2009
USAFE rock band Touch n Go at Duxford American Air Day 2009
American military vehicles at Duxford American Air Day 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX G-CCCA IAC-161 formerly PV202, Spitfire Mk XVI G-OXVI TD248 and Spitfire Mk IX G-IXCC PL344 at Duxford American Air Day 2009
Sikorsky MH-60G/HH-60G Pave Hawk at Duxford American Air Day 2009
McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagles at Duxford American Air Day 2009
Lockheed C-130 Hercules at Duxford American Air Day 2009
North American F-86A Sabre G-SABR/FU-178 48-178 at Duxford American Air Day 2009

Images courtesy of Denis J. Calvert Inter-Air Press

 

As usual service personnel were on hand to meet the public and answer all manner of questions which were put to them. Also there were static exhibits including American military vehicles and the USAFE's own rock band Touch 'n' Go were playing throughout the day.

 

McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagles at Duxford American Air Day 2009
Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker at Duxford American Air Day 2009
Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker at Duxford American Air Day 2009
P-51D-25 Mustang G-BTCD 44-73419 Ferocious Frankie and Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress G-BEDF 44-85784 Sally B Memphis Belle at Duxford American Air Day 2009
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress G-BEDF 44-85784 Sally B Memphis Belle at Duxford American Air Day 2009
P-51D-25 Mustang G-BTCD 44-73419 Ferocious Frankie at Duxford American Air Day 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX G-CCCA IAC-161 formerly PV202, Spitfire Mk XVI G-OXVI TD248 and Spitfire Mk IX G-IXCC PL344 at Duxford American Air Day 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX G-CCCA IAC-161 formerly PV202, Spitfire Mk XVI G-OXVI TD248 and Spitfire Mk IX G-IXCC PL344 at Duxford American Air Day 2009
Lockheed C-130 Hercules and Sikorsky MH-60G/HH-60G Pave Hawk at Duxford American Air Day 2009
Lockheed C-130 Hercules and Sikorsky MH-60G/HH-60G Pave Hawk at Duxford American Air Day 2009
Lockheed C-130 Hercules and Sikorsky MH-60G/HH-60G Pave Hawk at Duxford American Air Day 2009
Lockheed C-130 Hercules and Sikorsky MH-60G/HH-60G Pave Hawk at Duxford American Air Day 2009

Images courtesy of Bruce Martin

 

There were plenty of attractions at Duxford for the event which attracted over 6000 visitors making it the best attended Duxford American Air Day to date.