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Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show

 

The Battle Of Britain Airshow

The Battle of Britain Flight Fighters.

Image courtesy of Bob Franklin.

 

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The Battle of Britain Air Show 2015

 

The two day show was a sell out with the flight line walk being one of the main attractions, how often can you get this close to this many vintage aircraft and with excellent weather conditions over the whole weekend it was an absolute must for the photographers.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Bob Franklin.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Bob Franklin.

 

The flying display started with a scramble, where two Hispano HA-112 Buchon aircraft and a Messerschmitt Bf 108 flew in as the instantly recognisable sound of an air raid siren was heard across the airfield. On the sound of a scramble bell, living history interpreters representing RAF fighter pilots ran to scramble as a Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire took off to intercept the German fighter aircraft.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Bob Franklin.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Bob Franklin.

 

Duxford was blessed with six fighter aircraft from the Battle of Britain Flight (BBMF) four Spitfires and two Hurricanes, with five aircraft displaying on Saturday and all six on Sunday.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Chris Cannon.

 

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Chris Cannon.

 

This was followed by a display by the world’s only airworthy Bristol Blenheim MK I flying with a pair Hawker Hurricane aircraft and a Sea Hurricane, this formation was probably unique to the Duxford air show.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Stuart Thurtle.

 

A number of 1930s aircraft represented the aircraft flown by the RAF at the outbreak of the Second World War, including a Hawker Nimrod Mark II and a de Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Bob Franklin.

 

The mix of modern and vintage aircraft included a flypast by two F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft from RAF Lakenheath alongside two Mark I Spitfires and a short display from RAF Coningsby based aircraft a Eurofighter Typhoon accompanied by a Supermarine Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Flight.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Richard Hall.

 

The changing tactics of the fighter pilots as the Battle of Britain developed were demonstrated by three North American Harvard aircraft. This type of aircraft was used to train fighter pilots during the World War 2 and in fact is still used as a stepping stone for converting pilots onto vintage fighters.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Richard Hall.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Bob Franklin.

 

The vital importance of radar to the air defence of Great Britain was represented by a de Havilland DH87B Hornet Moth, a Calidus Autogyro, a Slingsby Kirby Kite, a Slingbsy Petrel and a Piper PA-18 Super Cub.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Stuart Thurtle.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Stuart Thurtle.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Stuart Thurtle.

 

15 Spitfire and two Sea fire aircraft took to the sky to represent the Duxford Big Wing, a fighter tactic that was the inspiration of Douglas Bader and Air Vice Marshal Trafford Leigh- Mallory, which showed the aircraft in formation and in tail chase displays.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Bob Franklin.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Bob Franklin.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Bob Franklin.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Stuart Thurtle.

 

On Sunday as the show drew to a close, there was a special treat, which was all six BBMF fighters carrying out formation flypasts before forming up with the Red Arrows for one fly through , as the BBMF fighters departed back to Coningsby the Red Arrows closed the show with another of their world class displays.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Bob Franklin.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Stuart Thurtle.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Stuart Thurtle.

 

As usual it was a polished and well performed display from the Red Arrows and after all the years they have been displaying they still have the wow factor.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Stuart Thurtle.

 

The Duxford Air Show 2015

Image courtesy of Stuart Thurtle.

 

Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show - Saturday 4th September 2010

 

Four Hawker Hurricanes taking off at the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

Duxford's Battle of Britain Saturday Air Show started off with brilliant sunshine and blues skies but gradually clouded over and turned into a dull day, but it didn't stop absolutely thousands of aviation enthusiasts packing Duxford's car parks to capacity. The air show started with the usual professional display from The Red Arrows, even though they were one aircraft short. Later in the afternoon the Bearcat, Sea Fury and Mustang, closely followed by the Harvard pair, carried out their displays.

 

 

Plane Sailing Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina G-PBYA formerly C-FNJF at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
SIAI-Marchetti SF-260D ST-42 (cn 842) at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Royal Norwegian Air Force Historic Squadron - F and W Emmen Vampire T55 (DH-115) LN-DHZ/PX-M (cn 990) at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Taz artwork on Canadian Car Foundry North American T-6 Texan (Harvard) lV 1747/G-BGPB at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Me 109 Buchon exhaust stubs at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Me 109 Buchon cockpit at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Privately owned Hispano Aviacion HA-1112 (Me 109 Buchon) at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Hispano HA-1112-M1L Buchon G-BWUE/10 (cn 223) at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Gloster Gladiator Mk II G-GLAD/N5903 tail art at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Supermarine 349 Spitfire LF5B G-LFVB/EP120/AE-A (cn CBAF.2403) artwork at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Supermarine Spitfire static line up at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Cockpit of two-seat Supermarine Spitfire - The Grace Spitfire Tr Mk IX G-LFIX ML407 (OU-V) at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Supermarine Spitfire props in flightline walk at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
The Red Arrows (Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team) at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
The Red Arrows (Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team) at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat G-RUMM N700HL 1088 Bu 121714 (210-B) at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Hawker Sea Fury 41H/636070 WG655 GN-910 at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
North American Aviation P-51D-25NT Mustang N251RJ 44-84847 Miss Velma at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show

 

Speeding things up slightly was the Belgian F-16 Fighting Falcon, which carried out a fast, tight and impressive display. Sally B, which is on good form this year, did several flypasts. Shortly after Sally B landed the crowds were treated to The Battle of Britain Flight's Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane. After splitting up to do solo displays the Lancaster returned back to Coningsby and the Spitfire and Hurricane landed and parked at the end of the row of Spitfires. One of the highlights of the afternoon was the Hurricane four-ship formation, the Hurricanes were joined by the Me 109 Buchon. Other aircraft doing displays were the Leopard Moth, Hornet Moth, Gladiator and Dragon Rapide.

 

Harvard pair - Canadian Car Foundry North American T-6 Texan (Harvard) lV 1747/G-BGPB and Noorduyn AT-16 Harvard IIB G-BTXI/FE695/94 (cn 14-429) at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
F-16 Fighting Falcon 349(f) Sqn of the Belgian Air Component at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress 44-85784 124485 G-BEDF Sally B at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Four Hawker Hurricanes taking off at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
de Havilland DH-87B Hornet Moth G-AELO (cn 8105) and de Havilland DH-85 Leopard Moth G-ACMN (cn 7050) at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show

 

As a fitting tribute to 19 Squadron (who operated Spitfires from Duxford during the war) the present day aircraft operated by 19 Squadron flew a five-ship formation of BAE Systems Hawks. Surely the highlight of the day was the sixteen-ship formation of Supermarine Spitfires, which carried out some extremely close formations and finished with an interesting tail-chase. The show was finished off by The Patrouille de France Display Team from the French Air Force, who carried out some stunning manoeuvres.

 

Hawker Hurricane four-ship formation at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Gloster Gladiator Mk I L8032 G-AMRK/K7985 at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Eurofighter Typhoon at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Royal Navy Westland Wasp at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide 6517 G-AGJG Scottish Airways Ltd at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Supermarine Spitfires taxiing at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Bücker Bü 133C Jungmeister (Young master) and Bücker Bü 131 Jungmann (Young man) at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Supermarine Spitfires at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Supermarine Spitfire 16-ship formation flight at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Supermarine Spitfires at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Supermarine Spitfires at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Supermarine Spitfires at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Supermarine Spitfire pilot greeting the crowd at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alphajets of the Patrouille Acrobatique de France (French Acrobatic Patrol) - French Air Force (Armée de l'Air) at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alphajets of the Patrouille Acrobatique de France (French Acrobatic Patrol) - French Air Force (Armée de l'Air) at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alphajets of the Patrouille Acrobatique de France (French Acrobatic Patrol) - French Air Force (Armée de l'Air) at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alphajet of the Patrouille de France at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show
The Patrouille de France making a heart in the sky at Duxford The Battle of Britain Air Show

Images courtesy of Ross Cannon