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Duxford Autumn Air Show

 

P-51D Mustang G-BTCD Ferocious Frankie and Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX MH434 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009

P-51D Mustang G-BTCD Ferocious Frankie and Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX MH434 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009. Photo by Ross Cannon

 

Duxford's Autumn Air Show is every year during October and the closing event to the UK’s air show season. Duxford’s Autumn Air Show features some brilliant modern and historic aircraft which put on a display of aerobatics and spectacular flypasts. This is a great chance to finish off the air show season with Duxford's last display.

 

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

 

The Duxford Air Show meet the Fighters - September 10-11th September 2016

 

Here we cover some of the aircraft and displays that performed at the Duxford September show.

Due to the unfortunate weather conditions on the Saturday of the September show, the heavy rain most of the day severely restricted the flying program.

Some aircraft did manage to display on Saturday, including The Global Stars and Mark Jefferies with a solo display in his Extra 330, also there was an appearance by the ever popular Spitfires and Buchon’s with taxi runs by the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadrons Mig 15 and Vampire pair.

Sunday was a very different day with good old British blue skies and sun all day and this allowed for a full flying display.

All images courtesy of Bob Franklin.

On Sunday the display opened the Grumman Bearcat and the Hawker Fury both of these aircraft are at the heavy end of the spectrum for piston engine aircraft.

 

The Duxford Air Show meet the Fighters - September 10-11th September 2016

 

Another very popular team are the Great War bird Display Team, who fly replica WW1 aircraft in mock air battles. With their low speed and pyrotechnics they make a perfect display for the photographers.

 

The Duxford Air Show meet the Fighters - September 10-11th September 2016

 

The Duxford Air Show meet the Fighters - September 10-11th September 2016

 

The Spitfire versus the Bouchon certainly gets the attention of the crowds as they go through a very well rehearsed routine including loops, rolls and a variety of manoeuvres.

 

The Duxford Air Show meet the Fighters - September 10-11th September 2016

 

Training aircraft from times gone by were represented by the Harvard and pair of Chipmunks, these types are still used in the training role as well as giving people air experience flights.

 

The Duxford Air Show meet the Fighters - September 10-11th September 2016

 

The Duxford Air Show included three early Cold War jet fighters, which are all operated by the 'Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron' and include the Mig 15 and a pair of Vampires.

 

The Duxford Air Show meet the Fighters - September 10-11th September 2016

 

The Duxford Air Show meet the Fighters - September 10-11th September 2016

 

The PBY Catalina another resident of Duxford, was used for a variety of roles and recued countless air crews from the sea during the second World War.

 

The Duxford Air Show meet the Fighters - September 10-11th September 2016

 

If you want to see large numbers of Spitfire Aircraft in the air, Duxford is the place to visit. Duxford has consistently managed to launch as many as sixteen Spitfire’s at some of the shows and at this year’s show managed a total of fourteen aircraft.

 

The Duxford Air Show meet the Fighters - September 10-11th September 2016

 

The Duxford Air Show meet the Fighters - September 10-11th September 2016

 

As a complete contrast to vintage aircraft what better way to finish an air show than the world famous Red Arrows. Performing one of their last displays of the season.

 

The Duxford Air Show meet the Fighters - September 10-11th September 2016

 

The Duxford Air Show meet the Fighters - September 10-11th September 2016

All images courtesy of Bob Franklin.

 

Duxford Autumn Air Show 2013 - 13th October 2013

 

Hawker Hunter F58A G-PSST Miss Demeanour at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2013

The 40th Anniversary

After torrential rain throughout saturday night which carried on through much of the morning things began to look better. With cloud base improving and an odd glimpse of the sun it began to look as if this 40th anniversary air show was going to see some aircraft flying. Duxford had as many representative aircraft types here for the show as possible which were here 40 years ago, starting the display was Sally B Duxford's resident B-17 Flying Fortress, always a popular participant with her finally at the end of the show with a simulated engine fire. Bringing things back to the modern age, Black Cat 2, a navy Lynx helicopter, a regular visitor to Duxford but needless to say a very precise display by this aircraft. Carrying on with the slower aircraft we had the combination of the Beaver, Rapide, Stearman and the Staggerwing, much slower and not very often seen all in the air at the same time. One aircraft which was eagerly awaited was the Canberra PR9 but due to adverse weather conditions was unable to make the trip up from Kemble, but the Catalina moved forward a slot and gave a stunning display which was set off by a heavy shower and black clouds in the background.

 

Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat (G-58) G-RUMM/121714/B at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2013
Beechcraft B17S Staggerwing 6701 G-BRVE at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2013
Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat (G-58) G-RUMM/121714/B and Grumman FM-2 Wildcat G-RUMW/JV579/F at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2013
Buchon pair at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2013
Short S-312 Tucano T1 ZF239/RA-F at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2013
Privately owned Hispano Aviacion HA-1112 (Me 109 Buchon) at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2013

 

Somewhat of a strange combination was the pair of Buchons and a Chipmunk, while the fighters carried out high speed passes and high loops the Chipmunk kept close and low with graceful loops and rolls. To add more noise to the surroundings a welcome return to Duxford was the Apache helicopter flown in from Wattisham in Suffolk, but today we did not have the privilege of seeing HRH Prince Harry occupying the front cockpit, but needless to say the Apache was put through its paces by its crew. Adding to the noise around Duxford was the next formations, made up of Harvards and T-28s both these types have been used as training aircraft in past times. The only jet aircraft to display at Duxford was the Hawker Hunter (Miss Demeanour), this aircraft is well know for her unique paint scheme and was as usual flown by Jonathon Whaley in what was probably his last UK display, as usual he treated the crowds to fast flybys and high loops and his usual repertoire of manoeuvres before carrying out a high speed pass with the customary blue note. Bringing us back to the present time the Matadors carried out precision aerobatics in these very manoeuvrable aircraft, with a show of graceful manoeuvres interspersed with stall turns, stalls and spins. What a better way to close the air show at Duxford than a formation of four Spitfires and a lone Hurricane, taking some of our older visitors back to the wartime years when these types of aircraft could be seen in the Cambridgeshire skies, based here at Duxford around seventy years ago.

 

Boeing AH-64 Apache and Buchon at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2013
Boeing AH-64 Apache at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2013
North American T-28 Fennec G-TROY and North American T-28S Fennec 119/N14113 Little Rascal at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2013
Noorduyn AT-16 Harvard IIB G-BTXI/FE695/94 and Canadian Car Foundry North American T-6 Texan (Harvard) lV 1747/G-BGPB Taz at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2013
Supermarine Spitfire four-ship at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2013
Westland WG-13 Lynx 145 XZ697/641 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2013

Images courtesy of Bob Franklin

 

A pair of Magisters were next on, these aircraft with their open cockpits just caught the edge of the rain but persevered with their demonstration of low level slow speed handling. The Tucano from RAF Linton-on-Ouse, the Tucano has played a major part in RAF pilot training and ably demonstrated here the manoeuvrability and versatility of this aircraft.

 

Review by Bob Franklin

 

 

 

 

Duxford Autumn Air Show 2012 - Sunday 14th October 2012

 

Hispano HA-1112-M1L Buchon G-BWUE/10 (cn 223) at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2012

Image courtesy of Bob Franklin

 

The day started with a slight frost and even though the sun was out most of the day there was still a chill in the air. The theme for this show was the 70th anniversary of the North American Mustang, with resident Mustangs displaying later in the day. As usual there was a good static line up and the ever popular flightline walk was well populated. This was Duxford’s last show of the season and was made up mostly of resident aircraft with a handful of visitors. First on was the BBMF Dakota from RAF Coningsby which carried out a well coordinated display and it made a nice change to see this aircraft at Duxford. Other aircraft included Pete Kynsey in Cosmic Wind, the Black Cats Lynx pair and the Red Hawks Display Team each bringing with them a different display which you would expect from such diverse aircraft. Throughout the afternoon the theme was diversity with displays which included the Boeing Stearman, Harvard, and Piper L-4 Cub. From the RAF came flypasts by the Hawk and Tucano, not often seen flying as a two ship, but could be seen later carrying out their last displays of the season.

 

 

 

 

Douglas A-1D Skyraider G-RADR/126922 (cn 7722) at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2012
BAE Hawk at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2012
Curtiss P-40F Warhawk VH-PIV/X-17 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2012
Hawker Hunter F58A G-PSST (cn HABL-003115) Miss Demeanour at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2012

Images courtesy of Bob Franklin

 

Other aircraft at Duxford included the Sea King helicopter from RAF Wattisham which carried out a crew man rescue which was followed by the Trig Team in their Pitts Specials which set the pace for the next few fast moving displays. These aircraft included the Cap 232, Spitfire, and Hispano Buchon, Skyraider and the P-40 Warhawk/P-40F Warhawk pair. Slowing things down it was time for Sally B to take to the sky once again demonstrating this large aircraft which helped to win World War II. Once again it was nearly time to finish the air show, and what better aircraft than a pair of P-51 Mustangs with their unique sound reverberating around Duxford’s hangars. The last item on the programme was Jonathon Whaley in the colourful Hawker Hunter (Miss Demeanour) which carried out a flypast with one of the Mustangs before finishing the show with a 1950s style display with the Hunter's customary blue note which follows the usual high speed pass at the end of the display. Overall a well balanced display with decent weather to finish the season off.

 

Douglas C-47A Dakota 3 (DC-3) ZA947 (cn 10200) - Now painted as FZ692 Kwicherbichen at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2012
Westland Sea King HAR3A ZH544/Y (cn WA1010) at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2012
Supermarine Spitfire at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2012
North American P-51D Mustang G-BTCD/413704/B7-H (cn 122-39608) Ferocious Frankie and Hawker Hunter F58A G-PSST (cn HABL-003115) Miss Demeanour at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2012

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

 

 

Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011 - Sunday 16th October 2011

 

Belgian Air Component F-16AM Fighting Falcon at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011

Duxford's last air show of the season fielded a mixed selection of classic and modern aircraft. The theme was to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, throughout the show Duxford's regular commentators Ben Dunnell and Colin Wilsher kept the visitors interested with information about the aircraft and the part they played during the Korean War. Sally B, an all time favourite with the Duxford crowds gave her usual performance. Sally B is one of only a handful of airworthy B-17s and one of the biggest World War II aircraft flying in Europe and is a credit to Elly Sallingboe and her team who keep her aircraft flying. Other aircraft displaying were Justin Needham's Cessna Bird Dog, a de Havilland Beaver from The Aircraft Restoration Company and a pair of Piper L-4 Grasshoppers. A first for Duxford was the arrival of Dan Griffith in the beautifully restored Meteor T7 from Coventry.

 

Hawker Siddeley Hawk T1A (HS-1182) XX158/158 (cn 004/312004) at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011
Gloster Meteor T7 G-BWMF/WA591/FMK-Q (cn G5/356460) at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011
Tiger Nine flying display team at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011
de Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth II G-AIXJ (cn 85434) at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011

 

Another familiar aircraft at Duxford was Kennet's Skyraider flown by Rod Dean, both these aircraft put on well polished displays. There were the usual displays by the resident Mustangs, Spitfires and Harvards. Coming to the more modern aircraft, The Black Cats Helicopter Display Team put on their normal precision display. Two pilots who were completing their last display season were Dan Hayes flying the Short Tucano, Dan has been a regular at Duxford throughout 2011, the other was Mitch Beulen displaying the Belgian F-16 in his last UK show. As the show drew to a close the Catalina carried out several flypasts before landing on the grass, as Mark Linney took off on the main runway in the F-86 Sabre (always a popular aircraft at Duxford) getting the crowds attention with the trademark black trail behind it. A fitting tribute to the 60th anniversary of the Korean War and what better way to end the 2011 season.

 

Noorduyn AT-16 Harvard IIB G-BTXI/FE695/94 (cn 14-429) at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011
Supermarine 379 Spitfire FR14E G-SPIT/MV268 (cn 6S/649205) at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011
North American F-86A Sabre G-SABR/8178/FU-178 (cn 151-43547) at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011
Short S-312 Tucano T1 ZF378/378 (cn S121/T92) at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011
CCF Harvard Mk4 G-BGPB/1747 (cn CCF4-538) and Noorduyn AT-16 Harvard IIB G-BTXI/FE695/94 (cn 14-429) at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011
Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress 44-85784 G-BEDF Sally B Memphis Belle at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011
Flightline walk at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011
Tiger Nine flying display team in flightline walk at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011
Gloster Meteor T7 G-BWMF/WA591/FMK-Q (cn G5/356460) at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011
Vans RV-8 G-RVMZ/80853 (cn PFA 303-13395) and G-HILZ (cn PFA 303-14471) at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011
Belgian Air Component F-16AM Fighting Falcon at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011
Beech Expeditor 3TM (18) G-BKGL/1164 (cn A-764/CA-164) at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2011

Images courtesy of Bob Franklin and Chris Cannon

 

 

 

 

Duxford Autumn Air Show 2010

 

Dakota pair at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2010

Visitors to Duxford's Autumn Air Show were treated to clear blue skies as Sally B took to the sky with three P-51 Mustangs. They were closely followed by a pair of Lakenheath based F-15s, what a way to celebrate her 65th birthday and thirty five years on the air show circuit. A display from The Black Cats Helicopter Display Team was also of note and not seen for many years was the superb acrobatic teamwork by four Pitts Specials.

 

 

 

Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress 44-85784 G-BEDF Sally B Memphis Belle at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2010
Mustang trio at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2010
North American Aviation P-51D-25NA Mustang G-BTCD 44-73419 Ferocious Frankie at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2010
Piper J3C-65 Cub G-AKAZ/57-G at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2010
Noorduyn AT-16 Harvard IIB 14-429 G-BTXI/FE695/94 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2010
North American T-28S Fennec 119/N14113 Little Rascal and T-28 Fennec G-TROY at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2010
Boeing PT-17 Stearman at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2010
BAE Systems Hawk at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2010
Short Tucano T1 ZF317/QJ-F at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2010
Fairey Swordfish at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2010
Hawker Sea Hawk FGA 6 WV908 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2010
Pitts Special at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2010

Images courtesy of Derek Walker

 

 

 

 

Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009 - Sunday 11th October 2009

 

Extra Flugzeugbau EA-300SC SC008 G-IIHI at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
LeVier W5 Cosmic Wind Ballerina at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Piper Cub at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Avro 652A Anson T21 3634 G-VROE/WD413 Faithful Annie at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide 6517 G-AGJG Scottish Airways Ltd at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Hawker Hurricane Mk XII G-HURI Z5140 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia G-AIST AR213 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb G-MKVB BM597 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
North American Aviation P-51D-25NA Mustang G-BTCD 44-73419 Ferocious Frankie at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
North American Aviation P-51D-25NT Mustang N251RJ 44-84847 Miss Velma at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress 44-85784 G-BEDF Sally B Memphis Belle at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Plane Sailing Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina G-PBYA formerly C-FNJF at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Percival P.66 Pembroke C.1 G-BNPH WV740 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Royal Navy Westland Wasp HAS1 G-KAXT XT787 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
BAE Systems Hawk TI - RAF Benevolent Fund 90th anniversary 1919-2009 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
North American F-86A Sabre 8178/FU-178 151-43547/G-SABR at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
North American T-28S Fennec 119/N14113 Little Rascal at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
North American T-28 Fennec G-TROY at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009

Images courtesy of Ross Cannon

 

 

 

 

North American F-86A Sabre 8178/FU-178 151-43547/G-SABR at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
North American F-86A Sabre 8178/FU-178 151-43547/G-SABR pilot Mark Linney at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Extra Flugzeugbau EA-300SC SC008 G-IIHI at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk pair at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
North American T-28S Fennec 119/N14113 Little Rascal pilot at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
North American T-28 Fennec G-TROY pilot at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
North American T-28S Fennec 119/N14113 Little Rascal and North American T-28 Fennec G-TROY at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
North American T-28S Fennec 119/N14113 Little Rascal at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Royal Navy Westland Wasp HAS1 G-KAXT XT787 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Tr Mk IX G-LFIX ML407 The Grace Spitfire at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Hawker Hurricane Mk XII G-HURI Z5140 pilot Anna Walker at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Percival P.66 Pembroke C.1 G-BNPH WV740 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Plane Sailing Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina G-PBYA formerly C-FNJF at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Avro 652A Anson T21 3634 G-VROE/WD413 Faithful Annie and de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide 6517 G-AGJG Scottish Airways Ltd at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Hawker Hurricane Mk XII G-HURI Z5140 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
The Blades Aerobatic Display Team at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Plane Sailing Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina G-PBYA formerly C-FNJF at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Boeing PT-17 Stearman - US Army at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIA G-AWIJ P7350 pilot at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
BAE Systems Hawk T1 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIA G-AWIJ P7350 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX G-ASJV MH434 pilot at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
North American Aviation P-51D-25NA Mustang G-BTCD 44-73419 Ferocious Frankie at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX G-ASJV MH434 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Tr Mk IX G-LFIX ML407 The Grace Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane Mk XII G-HURI Z5140 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
North American P-51D Mustang G-BTCD Ferocious Frankie and Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX G-ASJV MH434 at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress 44-85784 G-BEDF Sally B Memphis Belle at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
BAE Systems Hawk T1 pilot at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009
Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress 44-85784 G-BEDF Sally B Memphis Belle at Duxford Autumn Air Show 2009

Images courtesy of Ross Cannon