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Duxford Flying Legends Air Show

 

North American B-25 Mitchells and Curtiss P-40N-5CU Kittyhawk at Duxford Flying Legends Air Show 2009

North American B-25 Mitchells and Curtiss P-40N-5CU Kittyhawk at Duxford Flying Legends Air Show 2009. Photo by Bob Franklin

 

Duxford's Flying Legends Air Show is held every year in July. Possibly one of the most interesting and crowd gathering events in the UK, Duxford's Flying Legends features a plethora of impressive classic American and European aircraft such as the Hawker Hurricane, P-51 Mustang and Supermarine Spitfire to name just a few. The atmosphere and nostalgia of Flying Legends are intensified even more so by the historic value of the Duxford Aerodrome and the events that took place upon it during World War II. Also you will find specialist traders, Second World War crew re-enactors, flight simulators and much, much more throughout the aerodrome with the added bonus of a walk round Duxford's hangars to view the aircraft and exhibits.

 

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 Flying Legends 2014 - Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th July 2014

 

Red Bull (The Flying Bulls) - North American B-25J Mitchell 44-86893/N6123C at Duxford Flying Legends 2014

This year’s show was dealt a late blow by severe weather on the near continent. The extent of this was demonstrated by continental weekend visitors at Fowlmere and Cambridge being down 80% from last year.  More directly affecting the show was the loss of all but two of the expected participants from Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. This had a major impact on the planned programme including the loss of both Ju52s.  However, as usual, there were the special items that make Flying Legends unique and very high on the “not to be missed” list.

This year’s show saw the debut of the latest resident, the P-40C, in its gleaming natural metal finish. It was given a special place in the static display and later made an interesting contribution to the flying display. One of the continental contributions to arrive in time for the Saturday display was SFCA’s Lockheed L-1049C Super Constellation; although its inbound flight was delayed by a weather diversion to Farnborough. The spectacle of the start of the 4 Wright R-3350 engines was followed by an impressive display by what is probably the largest aircraft ever to perform at Flying Legends. In contrast, the star of the show in many eyes was the world’s only airworthy Boeing P-26A. The tiny mid-thirties fighter had been brought to Europe from Planes of Fame at Chino, CA, solely for Flying Legends.

 

Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIII G-BUOS SM845 at Duxford Flying Legends 2014
Gloster Gladiator Mk I L8032 G-AMRK/K7985 at Duxford Flying Legends 2014
Hawker Sea Fury T20 G-RNHF/VX281/VL-120 at Duxford Flying Legends 2014
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb G-MKVB BM597 at Duxford Flying Legends 2014
Hawker Nimrod Mk1 G-BWWK/S1581/573 at Duxford Flying Legends 2014
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI G-OXVI TD248 at Duxford Flying Legends 2014

 

The show opened with a formation of 11 Spitfires led by all 4 airworthy Mk1s; a sight not seen since World War 2. Three Spitfires with D-Day stripes heralded a theme within the show which was followed up in the next item when BBMF Spitfire LFIXe MK356 with stripes accompanied the Lancaster. Three Piper cubs then celebrated the contribution of AOP and utility aircraft to the invasion and the subsequent Normandy campaign.

Marking a change in power to large radials were 4 American built naval aircraft, the Wildcat, Hellcat back displaying after 6 years, Bearcat and Corsair. It was not widely known at the time that this show would be the last appearance of the Hellcat which would soon be on its way to the USA. They were followed by the P-26A, a striking sight in its bright blue and yellow colours; demonstrating “a missing link” between braced wings and metal monoplanes that is not represented in Europe’s warbird population. Following the P-26A, both in the air and historically, and Illustrating 3 distinct phases of the development of the Curtiss Hawk family, were the Hawk 75, P-40C and the P-40F.

 

Dakota Norway - Douglas C-53D Skytrooper 42-68823/LN-WND at Duxford Flying Legends 2014
Boeing P-26A Peashooter NX3378G at Duxford Flying Legends 2014
Red Bull (The Flying Bulls) - North American B-25J Mitchell 44-86893/N6123C at Duxford Flying Legends 2014
Gloster Gladiator (Gloster SS.37) II G-GLAD/N5903 at Duxford Flying Legends 2014
Lockheed L-1094C Super Constellation HB-RSC at Duxford Flying Legends 2014
Hawker Hurricane Mk IIA P3351/K F-AZXR at Duxford Flying Legends 2014

Images courtesy of John Bradshaw

 

A pair of Mustangs contributed to the next 2 items, firstly tail-chasing with a pair of Buchons before playing the role of Sally B’s “little friends”. The latter was followed by the immaculate highly polished Flying Bulls’ B-25J Mitchell. Returning to British aircraft were 3 contemporaries of the P-26. The Nimrod 1 and two Gladiators, the latter carrying the colours of 72 Sqn and 73 Sqn. While these aircraft were completing their display Hurricane IIA P3351 arrived having escaped the weather but too late to display on Saturday. Next the final member of Hawker piston-engined fighter family was represented by the RNHF Sea Fury T20 VX281 which was sadly to be damaged during the Culdrose Air Show less than three weeks later.

In contrast to the power of the Sea Fury, Anna Walker gave her usual graceful performance in the Jungmann. The last individual items in the show were two airliners with military pedigrees.  The Super Constellation (built as a C-121C) was followed by the Norwegian C-53D giving its usual spirited performance. While the Balbo was forming, the traditional Joker display was flown by Nick Grey in the Gladiator II. The Balbo itself was somewhat thin, with only 18 participants, but still provided a fitting finale to a show the highlights of which will remain in the memory for a long time. Well done to the Flying Legends team for delivering an excellent show in the face of severe challenges.

 

Review by John Bradshaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duxford Flying Legends 2013 - Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July 2013

 

Republic P-47G Thunderbolt G-CDVX/225068/WZ-D Snafu (cn 21953) at Duxford Flying Legends 2013

The two-day event was blessed with some superb weather conditions with temperatures getting up to the high eighties. As with previous shows it was nonstop action at Legends from the start of the show until the last aircraft has landed from the Balbo. The largest aircraft at Legends included B-17 Sally B, The Battle of Britain Flight's Lancaster, Junkers Ju-52 and a DC-3. Undoubtedly the highlight of the event was the return of the Bremont Horsemen Flight Team, performing its worldwide debut Spitfire display flying a trio of Supermarine Spitfires. Something a little different was the Aerostars Display Team flying their six Yak-50 aircraft, as usual treating the crowds to a polished display of formation flying and aerobatics. Also another Duxford regular was the Bucker Jungmann with a series of well coordinated aerobatics. Over from Old Warden were the Storch and Lysander, and finally the L-4 Cubs demonstrating their low speed manoeuvrability. Throughout the weekend Duxford was treated to mostly a fast moving programme, including numerous Spitfire and Mustang aircraft with the added bonus of the Sea Fury, Hurricane, P-47 Thunderbolt and various other classic aircraft. A thoroughly enjoyable weekend and a credit to Stephen Grey and his team who year after year manage to put together what has to be one of the world's best classic air shows.

 

Review by Chris Cannon

 

 

 

 

Privately owned Hispano Aviacion HA-1112 (Me 109 Buchon) and Hispano HA-1112 MIL (Buchon) Bf 109 Messerschmitt Me 109 G-BWUE at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Privately owned Hispano Aviacion HA-1112 (Me 109 Buchon) at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Republic P-47G Thunderbolt G-CDVX/225068/WZ-D Snafu (cn 21953) at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Lufthansa Junkers Ju-52/3m 130714/D-CDLH Iron Annie painted as D-AQUI at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Vought F4U-4 Corsair OE-EAS (cn 9149) at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Mustang trio at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Hawker four-ship at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Yakovlev Yak-9UM at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Morane-Saulnier MS-412 (EKW D-3801) HB-RCF/N458/7 at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Supermarine Spitfires and Privately owned Hispano Aviacion HA-1112 (Me 109 Buchon) at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Yaks and Curtiss Hawk 75A-1 G-CCVH at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Mustang pair at Duxford Flying Legends 2013

Images courtesy of Bob Franklin

 

Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann (Young man) 2209/G-BSAJ at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Vought F4U-4 Corsair OE-EAS (cn 9149) at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Grumman FM-2 Wildcat G-RUMW at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Fieseler Fi-156A-1 Storch G-STCH/GM-AI (cn 2088) at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Gloster Gladiator (Gloster SS.37) II G-GLAD/N5903 and Mk1 L8032 G-AMRK/K7985 at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Westland Lysander Mk IIIA (SD) G-AZWT V9367 at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Aéroplanes Morane-Saulnier D-3801 194/HB-RCF at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
North American P-51D Mustang N2151D Moonbeam McSwine at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Piper J3C-90 Cub G-AXGP 3681 at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Hawker Sea Fury T20 G-RNHF/VX281/VL-120 (cn ES.3615) at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
Supermarine Spitfire Mk LF XVIE TE311 at Duxford Flying Legends 2013
General Motors TBM-3R Avenger 3381 HB-RDG/53319/RB-319 at Duxford Flying Legends 2013

Images courtesy of John Bradshaw

 

 

Duxford Flying Legends 2012 - Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July 2012

 

Dakota Norway - Douglas DC-3 LN-WND (cn 11750) at Duxford Flying Legends 2012

Flying Legends arrived with the weather outlook looking pretty bleak, but Duxford escaped reasonably well. As usual there were plenty of interesting aircraft to look at. Back for the second year was the P-38 Lightning from The Red Bulls, this aircraft puts on a display of high-speed flypasts and long loops and is very photogenic. Also gracing the Duxford skies were three Mk I Spitfires, on the subject of Spitfires no less than nine Spitfires of various Mks did some serious formations and tail-chasing. The BBMF put in an appearance with the Lancaster and unusually a pair of Spitfires, the latter displaying as a pair. The Hawker Nimrods performed a well coordinated and precision display for the age and size of the aircraft. One of the stars of the show was the Hawker Sea Fury which was fitted with smoke generators on the wing tips. Other aircraft taking part were the B-17 Sally B, Catalina and Swordfish. Display teams included the Breitling Wingwalkers and the ever popular Aerostars. Finishing the flying display as usual was the Flying Legend's Balbo which ended a superb weekend's flying.

 

Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress 44-85784 G-BEDF Sally B Memphis Belle at Duxford Flying Legends 2012
Dakota Norway - Douglas DC-3 LN-WND (cn 11750) at Duxford Flying Legends 2012
Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat (G-58) G-RUMM/121714/B-201 (cn D.1088) at Duxford Flying Legends 2012
Goodyear FG-1D Corsair G-FGID/KD345/A-130 (cn 3111) at Duxford Flying Legends 2012
Fokker DR-1 Triplane (replica) G-CDXR/403/17 (cn PFA 238-14043) at Duxford Flying Legends 2012
The Flying Bulls - Lockheed P-38L Lightning N25Y/13 (cn 422-8509) at Duxford Flying Legends 2012
Republic P-47G Thunderbolt G-CDVX/225068/WZ-D (cn 21953) at Duxford Flying Legends 2012
North American Aviation P-51D-25NT Mustang N251RJ 44-84847 (CY-D) Miss Velma at Duxford Flying Legends 2012
Hawker Sea Fury FB11 F-AZXJ/WH589/NW-115 (cn 37733) at Duxford Flying Legends 2012
Hawker Sea Fury T20 G-RNHF/VX281/VL-120 (cn ES.3615) at Duxford Flying Legends 2012
Supermarine 300 Spitfire Mk1A G-MKIA/P9374/J at Duxford Flying Legends 2012
Supermarine Spitfire three-ship at Duxford Flying Legends 2012

Images courtesy of John Bradshaw

 

 

Duxford Flying Legends 2011 - Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July 2011

 

Republic P-47G Thunderbolt G-CDVX/28476/YJ-X (cn 21962) - 225068/WZ-D Snafu at Duxford Flying Legends 2011

Flying Legends Air Show is no doubt one of the world’s greatest air shows. Held at the Imperial War Museum (Duxford's World War II airfield in Cambridgeshire) the air show brings together classic aircraft from all around the world. The two day show is one not to be missed and attracts visitors from all corners of the globe.

With new aircraft expected from The Fighter Collection and The Red Bull's P-38 Lightning and Corsair the excitement showed in the watching crowds. With the added attraction of the P-51 Mustangs of The Horsemen Aerobatic Team imported from the USA, 'Fragile but Agile' and 'February' flown by Ed Shipley and Dan Friedkin, who put on a terrific show as a duo and later flew with four other Mustangs.

Another first for Duxford was the four-ship formation of Hawker biplanes consisting of Hawker Nimrod I and II and Hawker Demon and Hind. These aircraft have not been seen flying in a formation like this for many a year. Overall another fantastic two day show with the added bonus of Sea Furys, Spitfires and Buchons, and on the larger side a very interesting pairing of a pair of Dakotas, who carried out a well synchronised demonstration of precision flying for such large aircraft. There were many more aircraft taking part at Legends but as usual both days finished with an over twenty aircraft balbo.

Overall a well presented flying display both days, with a big thank you to Stephen Grey and all his team at The Fighter Collection for the tremendous effort put in.

 

Douglas A-1D Skyraider (AD-4NA) F-AZHK/127002/20-LN (cn 7802) at Duxford Flying Legends 2011
P-51D-A68-192 Mustang G-HAEC 472218 (WZ-I) Big Beautiful Doll at Duxford Flying Legends 2011
Lufthansa Junkers Ju-52/3m 130714/D-CDLH Iron Annie painted as D-AQUI at Duxford Flying Legends 2011
Curtiss P-40N-5CU Kittyhawk 29677 42-105915(VH-KTI)/F-AZKU Little Jeanne at Duxford Flying Legends 2011
Curtiss P-40F Warhawk VH-PIV/X-17 Lees Hope at Duxford Flying Legends 2011
Hawker Demon, Nimrod I, Nimrod II and Hind formation flight at Duxford Flying Legends 2011
The Flying Bulls (Red Bull) - Lockheed P-38L Lightning N25Y/13 (cn 422-8509) and Vought F4U-4 Corsair OE-EAS (cn 9149) at Duxford Flying Legends 2011
UK Navy - Fairey Swordfish Mk2 LS326 at Duxford Flying Legends 2011
The Flying Bulls (Red Bull) - Lockheed P-38L Lightning N25Y/13 (cn 422-8509) at Duxford Flying Legends 2011
North American P-51D Mustang NL351MX/474391/MX-I (cn 122-40931), P-51D-A68-192 Mustang G-HAEC 472218 (WZ-I) Big Beautiful Doll and Douglas A-1D Skyraider (AD-4N) F-AZDP/124143/RM-205 (cn 7449) at Duxford Flying Legends 2011
North American P-51K Mustang N98CF/412018/79 (cn 111-30149) Fragile but Agile, P-51D-30NA Mustang F-AZSB 44-74427 (G4-C) Nooky Booky IV and Curtiss Hawk 75A-1 G-CCVH (cn 12881) at Duxford Flying Legends 2011
Curtiss Hawk 75A-1 G-CCVH (cn 12881) at Duxford Flying Legends 2011

Images courtesy of Bob Franklin

 

 

Duxford Flying Legends 2010 - Saturday 10th July 2010

 

Hawker Hind 41H/81902 G-AENP/K5414, Hawker Demon I G-BTVE/K8203 and Hawker Nimrod Mk2 41H/59890 G-BURZ/K3661/562 at Duxford Flying Legends 2010

Flying Legends is one of Duxford's busiest shows and with the weather we had this weekend (probably the hottest weekend of the year) this was an event not to be missed. With plenty of things for the public to look at, including the flightline walk, which was well supported. How often is it possible to view these classic aircraft at such close quarters? The flying started at 2pm, with the takeoff of eight Spitfires, a Hurricane and a Buchon. These aircraft thrilled the spectators with some formation flypasts and aerobatics. Other aircraft taking part in the air show included three Skyraiders, a Seafire, Sea Fury, a Bearcat and Corsair. Some of the more sedate aircraft included the Mew Gull, Magister, Gladiator and Lysander. A rare site at Duxford was a display from a Hawker Demon, Hind and Nimrod. To add a bit of variety to Flying Legends, the crowds were treated to a display by The Breitling Wingwalkers and their Boeing Stearman. There was also a five-ship of Mustangs. The air show was finished off by the balbo, which consisted of over twenty classic aircraft.

 

Supermarine Spitfire formation flight at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Supermarine Spitfire Mk PRXIX F-AZJS PS890 at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Douglas A-1 Skyraider three-ship at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Hawker Sea Fury 41H/636070 WG655 GN-910 at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Hawker Sea Fury FB11 37514/ISS20 F-AZXL/SD-369 at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat G-RUMM N700HL 1088 Bu 121714 (210-B) at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Vought F4U-7 Corsair F-AZYS/133704/14.F.6 at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Lufthansa Junkers Ju-52/3m 130714/D-CDLH Iron Annie painted as D-AQUI at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Lufthansa (Berlin-Stiftung) Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun 2246 D-EBEI at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Ryan PT-22 Recruit pair at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Curtiss P-40N-5CU Kittyhawk 29677 42-105915(VH-KTI)/F-AZKU Little Jeanne at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress 44-85784 124485 G-BEDF Sally B at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Piper J-3C-65 Cub AN-1 G-AKAZ and 12905 480173/57-H/G-RRSR at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Yakovlev Yak-3UA 0470107 D-FJAK/100 at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Yakovlev Yak-3UA 172890 F-AZLY at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Arrow Active 2 (c/n 2) G-ABVE/48 at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Percival P-6 Mew Gull (E2H) E22 G-AEXF at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Westland Lysander Mk IIIA (SD) G-AZWT V9367 and Gloster Gladiator Mk1 L8032 G-AMRK/K7985 at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Hawker Hind 41H/81902 G-AENP/K5414, Hawker Demon I G-BTVE/K8203 and Hawker Nimrod Mk2 41H/59890 G-BURZ/K3661/562 at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Breitling Wingwalkers at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Douglas DC-3 Dakota 11750 LN-WND Dakota Norway at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Aéroplanes Morane-Saulnier D-3801 194/HB-RCF at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Balbo at Duxford Flying Legends 2010

Images courtesy of Ross Cannon

 

P-51D Mustang (Cavalier F-51D) SE-BIL NL405HC 44-10753a Its about time at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Vought F4U-7 Corsair F-AZYS/133704/14.F.6 engine starting up at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
North American Aviation P-51D Mustang Miss Velma, Hawker Sea Fury pair and Vought F4U-7 Corsair at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Supermarine Spitfires and Hispano Aviación HA-1112-M1L Buchon 223 G-BWUE (Ex C.4K-102 of the Spanish Air Force) at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Supermarine Spitfire trio at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Yakovlev Yak-3UA 172890 F-AZLY and 0470107 D-FJAK/100 at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Supermarine Seafire Mk XVII G-KASX SX336 (VL-105) at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Hispano Aviación HA-1112-M1L Buchon 223 G-BWUE (Ex C.4K-102 of the Spanish Air Force) at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Row of Supermarine Spitfires at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Supermarine Spitfires in flightline walk at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Douglas A-1 Skyraider pair in flightline walk at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat G-RUMM N700HL 1088 Bu 121714 (210-B) at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Polikarpov I-16 2421319 D-EPRN at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Hawker Sea Fury FB11 37514/ISS20 F-AZXL/SD-369 at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
North American Aviation TF-51D Mustang D-FTSI/473871/TF-871 (cn 122-40411) at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
North American Aviation Mustangs in flightline walk at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Vought F4U-7 Corsair F-AZYS/133704/14.F.6 at Duxford Flying Legends 2010
Hawker Hind 41H/81902 G-AENP/K5414, Hawker Demon I G-BTVE/K8203 and Hawker Nimrod Mk2 41H/59890 G-BURZ/K3661/562 in flightline walk at Duxford Flying Legends 2010

Images courtesy of Bob Franklin

 

 

Duxford Flying Legends 2009 - Sunday 12th July 2009

 

Supermarine Spitfire five-ship formation flight at Duxford Flying Legends 2009

This year's event was overshadowed by most of The Fighter Collection's aircraft not being available for the display. With the usual Cambridgeshire weather both mornings started with rain and mist, with some of the smaller aircraft having to cancel due to the gusting winds.

With the B-17 Sally B still being grounded with engineering problems, but in the end the two days turned out to be something very special. With a line up of six P-51 Mustangs, a pair of Skyraiders and two FW-190s, one on static and one flying. This aircraft is owned by Christophe Jacquard and only flew for the first time a few months ago. The pilot was Marc 'Leon' Mathis.

With such a diverse selection of aircraft on show including Spitfires, Hurricanes, a Sea Fury T.20 and more sedate aircraft like the Gladiator and Lysander. Finished off by the traditional Flying Legends big formation, which had twenty one warbirds taking part.

 

Avro Lancaster Mk BI PA474 The phantom of the Ruhr at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Beechcraft YC-43 Staggerwing N295B5 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
French Air Force - Curtiss Hawk 75A-1 12881 G-CCVH at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Douglas C-53D Dakota Skytrooper (DC-3) 11750 LN-WND Dakota Norway at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Douglas A-1 Skyraider 7722 G-RADR AK-402 126922 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Duxford massed flypast at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A8/N F-AZZJ and Hispano HA-1112 MIL (Buchon) Bf 109 Messerschmitt Me 109 G-BWUE at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Fokker DR-1 Triplane (replica) PFA 238-12654 G-BVGZ/152/17 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Hawker Hurricane Mk I G-HUPW R4118 and Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk IB G-BKTH Z7015 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Hawker Sea Fury 41H/636070 WG655 GN-910 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Junkers Ju-52/3mg8e 130714 D-CDLH/D-AQUI at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Aéroplanes Morane-Saulnier D-3801 194/HB-RCF (Swiss version) at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Nieuport 17/23 Scout (replica) PFA 121-12351 G-BWMJ/8 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American B-25 Mitchell Grumpy, Sarinah, Russells Raiders and Curtiss P-40N Kittyhawk Little Jeanne at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American B-25 Mitchell Grumpy, Sarinah and Russells Raiders at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
P-51D Mustang (Cavalier F-51D) SE-BIL NL405HC 44-10753a Its about time at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American Aviation P-51 Mustang three-ship formation flight at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Piper J-3C-65 Cub AN-1 G-AKAZ and 12905 480173/57-H/G-RRSR at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Supermarine Seafire Mk XVII G-KASX SX336 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX G-CCCA IAC-161 formerly PV202 and Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIII G-BUOS SM845 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Supermarine Spitfire five-ship formation flight at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb G-MKVB BM597 and Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX G-IXCC PL344 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI G-OXVI TD248 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Westland Lysander Mk IIIA (SD) G-AZWT V9367 and Gloster Gladiator Mk I L8032 G-AMRK/K7985 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009

Images courtesy of Colin Sayce - Airshowphotomania.ifp3.com

 

The Aerostars Yak Aerobatic Display Team at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American B-25D-30NC Mitchell 00-23644 43-3318/VO B Grumpy at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American B-25J-35NC Mitchell 108-47662 45-8811 SB Russells Raiders at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American B-25J-20NC Mitchell 108-32782 44-29507 HD346/NO-V/Sarinah at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American B-25J-20NC Mitchell 108-32782 44-29507 HD346/NO-V/Sarinah at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American B-25D-30NC Mitchell 00-23644 43-3318/VO B Grumpy at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American B-25J-20NC Mitchell 108-32782 44-29507 HD346/NO-V/Sarinah at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American B-25J-35NC Mitchell 108-47662 45-8811 SB Russells Raiders at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American B-25 Mitchell three-ship formation at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American B-25 Mitchell Grumpy, Sarinah, Russells Raiders and Curtiss P-40N Kittyhawk Little Jeanne at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Curtiss P-40N-5CU Kittyhawk 29677 42-105915(VH-KTI)/F-AZKU Little Jeanne at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A8/N F-AZZJ at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Hawker Sea Fury FB11 37514/ISS20 F-AZXL/SD-369 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Hawker Sea Fury FB11 37514/ISS20 F-AZXL/SD-369 and 41H/636070 WG655 GN-910 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Hispano HA-1112 MIL (Buchon) Bf 109 Messerschmitt Me 109 G-BWUE at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American Aviation P-51D-A68-192 Mustang G-HAEC 472218 Big Beautiful Doll pilot at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American Aviation P-51D-25NA Mustang G-BTCD 44-73419 Ferocious Frankie pilot at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American Aviation P-51D-25NT Mustang N251RJ 44-84847 Miss Velma pilot at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American Aviation P-51 Mustang three-ship formation at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Douglas A-1 Skyraider 7722 G-RADR AK-402 126922 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI G-OXVI TD248 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk PRXIX F-AZJS PS890 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIII G-BUOS SM845 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Four Supermarine Spitfires lined up ready for takeoff at Duxford Flying Legends 2009

 

 

Flightline walk at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American Aviation P-51 Mustang Props line up at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Douglas A-1 Skyraider 7722 G-RADR AK-402 126922 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American Aviation P-51D-A68-192 Mustang G-HAEC 472218 Big Beautiful Doll at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American Aviation P-51D-25NT Mustang N251RJ 44-84847 Miss Velma at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American B-25D-30NC Mitchell 00-23644 43-3318/VO B Grumpy at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Boeing B-17G-85-VE Flying Fortress 44-8846 Pink Lady at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Boeing B-17G-85-VE Flying Fortress 44-8846 Pink Lady and flight crew at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Supermarine Seafire Mk XVII G-KASX SX336 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk IB G-BKTH Z7015 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Westland Lysander Mk IIIA (SD) G-AZWT V9367 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Lufthansa Junkers Ju-52/3m 130714/D-CDLH Iron Annie at Duxford Flying Legends 2009

Images courtesy of Ross Cannon

 

Historic Aircraft Collection Limited

The Aircraft Restoration Company

The Old Flying Machine Company

A-1 Skyraider

UK Warbirds

The Fighter Collection

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

The Pink Lady

Precision Aerospace/Pacific Fighters Museum

The Shuttleworth Collection

Dakota Norway

 

Duxford Flying Legends 2009 - Saturday 11th July 2009

 

North American B-25J-35NC Mitchell 108-47662 45-8811 SB Russells Raiders at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American B-25 Mitchell Grumpy, Sarinah, Russells Raiders and Curtiss P-40N Kittyhawk Little Jeanne at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Boeing B-17G-85-VE Flying Fortress 44-8846 Pink Lady at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Bleriot XI EAA-1184-SE SE-AMZ, license-built in Sweden as Thulin A at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Douglas DC-3 Dakota 11750 LN-WND Dakota Norway at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger A-8/N 980554 G-FWAB at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A8/N F-AZZJ at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A8/N F-AZZJ pilot at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Fokker-Flugzeugwerke Dr.I Dreidecker triplane replica PFA 238-14043 G-CDXR 403/17 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Fokker-Flugzeugwerke Dr.I Dreidecker triplane replica PFA 238-14253 G-FOKK 477/17 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Gloster Gladiator Mk I L8032 G-AMRK/K7985 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Hawker Sea Fury 41H/636070 WG655 GN-910 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann (Young man) 2209/G-BSAJ at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Hispano Aviación HA-1112-M1L Buchon 223 G-BWUE (Ex C.4K-102 of the Spanish Air Force) painted in the markings of JG 27 and Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb G-MKVB BM597 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Aéroplanes Morane-Saulnier D-3801 194/HB-RCF at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American Aviation P-51D-25NT Mustang N251RJ 44-84847 Miss Velma at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American Aviation P-51D-30NA Mustang F-AZSB 44-74427 Nooky Booky IV at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American Aviation P-51D Mustang (Cavalier F-51D) SE-BIL NL405HC 44-10753a Its about time at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Supermarine Spitfires at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American Aviation P-51 Mustang three-ship formation at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
North American Aviation P-51 Mustangs at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Piper J-3C-65 Cub AN-1 G-AKAZ and 12905 480173/57-H/G-RRSR at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Douglas A-1 Skyraider 7722 G-RADR AK-402 126922 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX G-IXCC PL344 and Mk Vb G-MKVB BM597 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX G-CCCA IAC-161 formerly PV202 and Mk XVI G-OXVI TD248 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk PRXIX F-AZJS PS890 and Mk IX G-ASJV MH434 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Yakovlev Yak-3UA 0470107 D-FJAK/100 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Yakovlev Yak-9UM 0917918 D-FAFA/17 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Yakovlev Yak-9UM 0470406 N82112/06 at Duxford Flying Legends 2009
Yak fighters in line up at Duxford Flying Legends 2009

Images courtesy of Bob Franklin

 

 

Duxford Flying Legends 2008 - Sunday 13th July 2008

 

Douglas A-26B Invader 27881 N167B/434602/S at Duxford Flying Legends 2008

With the terrible weather forcing the cancellation of Fairford's RIAT show this year, many of the enthusiasts made the journey up to Duxford's Flying Legends Show and they were not disappointed.

With no less than three B-17 Flying Fortresses at Duxford. Liberty Belle, Pink Lady and Sally B, who unfortunately had engine trouble and was unable to fly with the other two aircraft.

As usual there was the tail-chase of Spitfires, other aircraft included the five-ship Mustang tail-chase, with a welcome return to Duxford for The Scandinavian Historic Flight's AV-26B Invader. Also displaying were the Duke of Brabant Air Force B-25J Mitchell, as well as some of the smaller aircraft such as the Hawker Hind and Hawker Nimrod.

 

Bell P-39Q Airacobra 26E-397 G-CEJU/219993 Brooklyn Bum - 2nd at Duxford Flying Legends 2008
de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide two-ship at Duxford Flying Legends 2008
de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide 6517 G-AGJG and de Havilland DH.90 Dragonfly 7526 G-AEDU at Duxford Flying Legends 2008
Douglas A-26B Invader 27881 N167B/434602/S at Duxford Flying Legends 2008
Douglas A-26B Invader 27881 N167B/434602/S at Duxford Flying Legends 2008
Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Dakota), Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane at Duxford Flying Legends 2008
Hawker Nimrod Mk II 41H/59890 G-BURZ/K3661/562 and Hawker Hind 41H/81902 G-AENP/K5414 at Duxford Flying Legends 2008
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 44-85734 Liberty Belle and North American Aviation P-51 Mustangs at Duxford Flying Legends 2008
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 44-85734 Liberty Belle and P-51 Mustang at Duxford Flying Legends 2008
North American Aviation P-51 Mustang pair at Duxford Flying Legends 2008
Supermarine Spitfire four-ship formation flight at Duxford Flying Legends 2008
Supermarine Spitfire pair at Duxford Flying Legends 2008

Images courtesy of Colin Sayce - Airshowphotomania.ifp3.com

 

 

Duxford Flying Legends 2007 - Sunday 8th July 2007

 

F-15E Strike Eagle, TF-51D and P-51D Mustangs and Bell P-39Q Airacobra at Duxford Flying Legends 2007

Flying Legends is probably the most popular of Duxford's air shows because it generally presents a number of new arrivals or special displays each year.

An unusual aircraft for Flying Legends was the F-15E Strike Eagle from Lakenheath, this aircraft was put through its paces and certainly got the attention of the watching crowd. It later joined up with three aircraft from The Fighter Collection, the P-39Q Airacobra, the TF-51D and P-51D Mustangs were all flown by American Heritage Flight pilots.

The show was graced by the usual massed flypast of Spitfires. Other aircraft taking to the skies over the weekend included Hurricanes, The Battle of Britain Flight, Seafire and Sea Fury, and a pair Junkers Ju-52.

 

Beechcraft B17S Staggerwing 6701 G-BRVE at Duxford Flying Legends 2007
Bell P-39Q Airacobra 26E-397 G-CEJU/219993 Brooklyn Bum - 2nd at Duxford Flying Legends 2007
Canadian Vickers PBV-1A Canso A (28) Catalina CV-283 G-PBYA/433915 at Duxford Flying Legends 2007
Junkers Ju-52 (CASA 352L) 103 F-AZJU/AZ-JU at Duxford Flying Legends 2007
Curtiss P-40B-CU Warhawk 16073 G-CDWH/41-13297 284 at Duxford Flying Legends 2007
de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth line up at Duxford Flying Legends 2007
Douglas A-1 Skyraider 7722 G-RADR AK-402 126922 at Duxford Flying Legends 2007
F-15E Strike Eagle, TF-51D and P-51D Mustangs and Bell P-39Q Airacobra at Duxford Flying Legends 2007
Goodyear FG-1D Corsair 3111 G-FGID/KD345/A-130 at Duxford Flying Legends 2007
Grumman FM-2 Wildcat G-RUMW at Duxford Flying Legends 2007
Hispano HA-1112 MIL (Buchon) Bf 109 Messerschmitt Me 109 G-BWUE at Duxford Flying Legends 2007
Junkers Ju-52/3mg8e 130714 D-CDLH/D-AQUI at Duxford Flying Legends 2007
Aéroplanes Morane-Saulnier D-3801 194/HB-RCF (Swiss version) at Duxford Flying Legends 2007
North American Aviation P-51 Mustang three-ship formation flight at Duxford Flying Legends 2007
P-51D-A68-192 Mustang G-HAEC 472218 Big Beautiful Doll at Duxford Flying Legends 2007
Polikarpov I-15bis at Duxford Flying Legends 2007
Supermarine Seafire Mk XVII G-KASX SX336 at Duxford Flying Legends 2007
Supermarine Spitfire four-ship formation flight at Duxford Flying Legends 2007

Images courtesy of Colin Sayce - Airshowphotomania.ifp3.com

 

 

Duxford Flying Legends 2006

 

Boeing B-17G-85-VE Flying Fortress 44-8846 F-AZDX The Pink Lady and B-17G-105-VE 44-85784 G-BEDF Sally B at Duxford Flying Legends 2006

Flying legends 2006, one of Duxford's premier aviation events. Starting with the flightline walk, which gives the public the chance to get up close and personal with the aircraft, even if you just want to look and take in the nostalgia of these fine machines.

This year's show had several rare aircraft previously not seen at Legends. Breitling's Hispano Buchon, basically a Spanish built Me 109 with a Merlin engine, a Dakota from Norway finished in its very attractive bare metal and a French World War II Morane 406, which is the only airworthy example. The display by ten Spitfires tail-chasing brought back memories of Duxford being a former Spitfire station. Other aircraft represented were the B-17 'Sally B' and B-17 'Pink Lady' and the Mitchell B-25.

Overall a good show of approximately three hours duration, with the added bonus of Stephen Grey's famous 'Balbo' massed formation flypast.

 

Boeing B-17G-85-VE Flying Fortress 44-8846 F-AZDX The Pink Lady and B-17G-105-VE 44-85784 G-BEDF Sally B at Duxford Flying Legends 2006
Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress 44-85784 124485 G-BEDF Sally B at Duxford Flying Legends 2006
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina (28) 300 PH-PBY 16-218 at Duxford Flying Legends 2006
de Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth 4069 G-ACEJ at Duxford Flying Legends 2006
Douglas C-53D Dakota Skytrooper (DC-3) 11750 LN-WND Dakota Norway at Duxford Flying Legends 2006
Flypast at Duxford Flying Legends 2006
Grumman F7F-3P Tigercat (G-51) C.167 G-RUMT/80425/WT-4 VMP-254 at Duxford Flying Legends 2006
Hawker Sea Fury FB11 VR930/Q-110 at Duxford Flying Legends 2006
North American B-25J-20NC Mitchell 108-32782 44-29507 HD346/NO-V/Sarinah at Duxford Flying Legends 2006
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt 399-55731 N47DD/226671/MX-X at Duxford Flying Legends 2006
Line up at Duxford Flying Legends 2006
Chance Vought F4U Corsair three-ship formation flight at Duxford Flying Legends 2006

Images courtesy of Colin Sayce - Airshowphotomania.ifp3.com