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The Duxford Air Show

 

Hispano Aviacion HA-1112-M1L Buchon 223 G-BWUE (Ex C.4K-102 of the Spanish Air Force) at The Duxford Air Show 2009

Hispano Aviacion HA-1112-M1L Buchon G-BWUE at The Duxford Air Show 2009. Photo by Ross Cannon

 

The Duxford Air Show is held every year in early September with a display of historic and modern aircraft, probably the last time you will get to see these aircraft until next year. There are the usual opportunities to browse around the stalls selling a variety of aviation art and other interesting items, and of course visit the museum's hangars before the flying starts.

 

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 2014 - 13th & 14th September 2014

 

Duxford’s two day show during September was soon upon us, and as the air show season was drawing to an end this was for a lot of people probably the last chance in 2014 to get that last fix of aviation before the winter set in.

With reasonable weather being forecast and another chance to see the Vulcan and of course a chance to see the two Lancasters flying in the Cambridgeshire skies, Duxford was inundated with visitors.

With slight differences in the two days of flying with the Vulcan on the Saturday and the Lancasters and Red Arrows on the Sunday which day to chose.

XH558 the last airworthy Avro Vulcan is coming to the end of her flying career but continues to thrill thousands of people wherever she goes, it will be a sad day when she touches down for the last time.

The Red Arrows in their 50th display seasons are still one of the most popular air show participants that this country has ever had and continues to thrill generations of people year after year.

 

Red Arrows

 

As usual a wide variety of Duxford’s home team were in evidence.

The T28 Fennecs always liven up the Duxford Skies with their big radial engines giving then plenty of power.

 

T28 Fennec

 

Sally B was much in evidence being resident at Duxford and the only B17 flying in Europe

 

B17 Sally B

 

Another Duxford resident the Consolidated Catalina the only one of its type flying in the country.

 

Catalina

 

Duxford is renowned for its fighters and being a former Spitfire station it is not unusual to see formations of Spitfires and this weekend saw a formation of Duxford’s resident aircraft performing for the enthusiasts.

 

Supermarine Spitfires

 

From the Fighter Collection came a three ship of classic navy fighters the Bearcat, Corsair and Hellcat who carried out several flypasts before doing individual low runs to the delight of the crowds.

 

Bearcat,Corsair,Hellcats

 

The Vulcan’s appearance with a pair of North Weald Gnats was a refreshing change, the sheer size of 558 against the Gnats.

 

Avro Vulcan And Forland Gnats

 

The Hawker Hunter another one of our classic jets still going strong with over fifty years of Stirling service.

 

Hawker Siddley Hunter

 

The Jet Provost pair provided some excellent aerobatics manoeuvres these ex RAF training aircraft were once the main stay of pilot training and continue to thrill the crowds with their aerobatics.

 

Jet Provosts

 

As usual the mighty Vulcan now in the twilight of her flying life thrilled the crowds with the her awe inspiring power and what is now known as the Vulcan howl, let us hope that she will be back again next year.

 

Avro Vulcan XH558

 

The Great Warbirds display who displayed on both days slowed things down considerably with the grace of these WW1 type aircraft performing simulated dog fights, this type of flying gives a feel for how things could have been over the battle fields during the 1st world war.

 

Great War Birds

 

Another regular at Duxford is the search and rescue Sea King always a favourite demonstrating how to rescue a downed person, hopefully we will see the big yellow machine next year before she retires.

 

Sea King

 

One of the most iconic displays seen at Duxford were the pair of Lancasters who carried out several superb passes before being joined by the BBMF fighters certainly one of the last times these iconic aircraft were going to grace the skies of Great Britain before the Canadian Lancaster started on her way back home.

 

The Lancaster Pair

 

Another first for Duxford was T2 Aviations Boeing 727 flown by Dan Griffith who carried several spirited flypasts and tight turns and for an aircraft of this size.

 

Boeing 727

Photos Simon Lewin

 

The Duxford Air Show 2013 - 7th & 8th September 2013

 

Sally B crew at The Duxford Air Show 2013

Expectations are always high when we get to September for it is time again for Duxford's two-day show. Not only is it a chance to wander around Duxford's spacious hangars but a chance to go out on the flightline walk for that special photograph. Not forgetting the stalls situated in front of the hangars and other exhibits and demonstrations. Also of note are the tents with the veterans signing books and prints and Duxford's own SR-71 Blackbird pilot Col Richard Graham USAF (ret) who is a regular visitor to the American Air Museum for book signings, and talks.

The Duxford Air Show weekend as always included some more obscure aircraft as well as old favourites, and even managed to include two major display teams, the Red Arrows and the Patrouille de France, both teams giving stunning displays. From the largest aircraft which was the Boeing 747-8F, over from Stansted courtesy of Global Supply Systems Ltd which made two passes, and the other extreme the Cosmic Wind flown by Pete Kynsey which was probably the smallest.

 

Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star (CT-133 Silver Star) 599 at The Duxford Air Show 2013
North American B-25 Mitchell N320SQ/232511/N5-149 Sarinah at The Duxford Air Show 2013
Supermarine Spitfire Mk PRXIX/PM631 at The Duxford Air Show 2013
British Airways World Cargo Boeing 747-87UF/SCD G-GSSD at The Duxford Air Show 2013
Brendan O Briens Flying Circus Piper J3C-65 Cub G-BPCF at The Duxford Air Show 2013
Grumman FM-2 Wildcat G-RUMW/JV579 at The Duxford Air Show 2013

 

Also of note on saturday because of pilot illness the French team were unable to display, their slot was filled by the Aerostars who gave a nice demonstration of precision aerobatics and formation flying. Smaller aircraft included Anna Walker in her Bucker Jungmann who always displays this aircraft in an elegant and graceful way. To the other extreme, Brendan O'Brien in his bright yellow Piper Cub throwing his aircraft around with landings on top of a trailer driving along the main runway, with the added pyrotechnics and smoke it is always a popular participant. Still on the small aircraft theme and bringing us bang up to date was Mark Jefferies, a skilled aerobatic display pilot flying the Extra 330SC. Mark puts this aircraft through manoeuvres that people would not think possible and is one of the top aerobatic pilots in the country.

 

Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress 124485 G-BEDF at The Duxford Air Show 2013
Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann CASA 1-131 G-BSAJ at The Duxford Air Show 2013
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX G-ASJV MH434 at The Duxford Air Show 2013
Supermarine Spitfire PH-OUQ/MK732/3W-17 at The Duxford Air Show 2013
de Havilland DH.100 Vampire LN-DHY/VA-3 at The Duxford Air Show 2013
The Aerostars - Yak Aerobatic Display Team at The Duxford Air Show 2013

Images courtesy of Bob Franklin

 

From the RAF we had the Typhoon which displayed on both days. Sunday gave us a Sea King from Wattisham which was on standby and unfortunately was called away, and the Short Tucano down from Linton-on-Ouse. Not forgetting some of Duxford's resident aircraft, Sally B the Flying Fortress and various Mks of Spitfire. Also of note was the The Royal Netherlands Air Force Historical Flight's B-25N Mitchell which put on a fast moving display for one of the larger aircraft.

Now to the classic jets, the pairing of the de Havilland Vampire FB6 with the Vampire T55 brought the airfield to life again with the sound of vintage jet engines. A real pleasure to watch these aircraft performing high climbing loops and rolls with their silver paint reflecting the autumn sun. Back at Duxford was also the Canadair CT-133 Silver Star performing its first public display at the airfield.

The air show was varied with a balance of small and larger aircraft which kept the visiting public looking out for that next participating item.

 

Review by Chris Cannon

 

 

 

 

The Duxford Air Show 2012 - Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th September 2012

 

The Aerostars at The Duxford Air Show 2012

This year’s two-day show was blessed with superb weather conditions for both days. With a slightly different flying programme each day. Starting the show off was the four-ship flypast of F-15C Eagle aircraft from RAF Lakenheath, followed by the Tornado role demo from the RAF. Saturday saw the return of the People's Aircraft the mighty Avro Vulcan, a very popular item at any air show, this year celebrating 60 years since the Vulcan’s first flight and as usual 558 put on a crowd pleasing display. Another different aircraft was the T-33 which had a radio fault and was not able to display but made the short flight down to North Weald at the end of the afternoon. Another welcome display was also up from North Weald in the shape of a pair of F-16s with the Vampire pair from the Norwegian Historic Flight. Other displays of interest were a mixed formation of the de Havilland Rapide, Antonov An-2 and Fairy Swordfish. Also of note was the excellent display by the Bucker Jungmann. Old favourites included the B-17 Flying Fortress, Catalina and the T-28. Taking us back to the jet age, the Folland Gnat pair gave a well coordinated demonstration followed later by the RAF Hawk T1 in its final year of display flying. Always popular at air shows, the Aerostars put on their polished display with plenty of smoke from their Yak-50 aircraft. Ending the Saturday show were the Hawker Hurricane, Hispano Buchon and Spitfires who put on their spectacular tail chases, always a highlight the sound of V12 engines reverberating around Duxford Airfield, the final item on the Sunday show was the RAF Red Arrows, as popular as ever, which finished off a fine weekend of flying.

 

Short S-312 Tucano T1 ZF145 at The Duxford Air Show 2012
British Aerospace Hawk T1 XX307/307 at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Folland Gnats at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Republic P-47G Thunderbolt G-CDVX/225068/WZ-D at The Duxford Air Show 2012
North American TF-51D Mustang NX251RJ/CY-D at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Curtiss P-40B Warhawk G-CDWH/284 at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat (G-58) N7825C/122674/S-201 at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Albatros D-Va Replica ZK-TVD/D.7374/17 and Fokker DR-1 Triplane (replica) G-CDXR/403/17 at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Royal Aircraft Factory RE-8 Replica ZK-TVC/A3930/B at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Fairey Swordfish Mk2 LS326/L2 at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Privately owned Hispano Aviacion HA-1112 (Me 109 Buchon) at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Hispano HA-1112-M1L Buchon G-BWUE/10 at The Duxford Air Show 2012
F-15 four-ship at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Panavia Tornado at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Panavia Tornado GR4 ZA547 at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Avro Vulcan B2 G-VLCN/XH558 at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Short Tucano T1 at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Republic P-47G Thunderbolt G-CDVX/225068/WZ-D at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Douglas C-47A Skytrain (DC-3) N5831B/2100882/3X-P at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Folland Gnat pair at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Hawker Siddeley Gnat T1 G-RORI/XR538/01 at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Hawk at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Hispano Aviacion HA-1112 pair at The Duxford Air Show 2012
Supermarine Spitfire three-ship at The Duxford Air Show 2012

Images courtesy of Bob Franklin

 

 

The Duxford Air Show 2011 - Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September 2011

 

Supermarine Spitfire formation flight at the Duxford Air Show 2011

Saturday was a fantastic summer day and ideal weather for an air show. Duxford was celebrating the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the Spitfire with no less than seven Spitfires flying in formation, followed by a sequence of tail chases. Two 1st's for Duxford were displays by the RAF King Air and The Royal Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron de Havilland Vampires. Other displays were carried out by The RedHawks Display Team, the Curtiss P-40F Warhawk, the Curtiss P-40B and Curtiss Hawk 75A.

As a contrast Sunday’s weather was completely different. The first part of the day saw heavy rain and low cloud. The flying started with the Vampire pair followed by the RAF King Air, the T-28 Fennecs and Jonathan Whaley in the Hawker Hunter 'Miss Demeanour'. As the afternoon progressed the weather improved but not before the F-15 had given a spectacular condensation loaded display, which was for many of the spectators the highlight of the weekend. Once again a very enjoyable weekend and certainly a profitable one for anyone selling umbrellas on Sunday.

 

Hawker Fury Mk. 1 K5674 at The Duxford Air Show 2011
Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1A G-MKIA P9374 J at The Duxford Air Show 2011
Hispano Aviacion HA-1112-M1L Buchon 223 G-BWUE (Ex C.4K-102 of the Spanish Air Force) at The Duxford Air Show 2011
Hawker Nimrod Mk2 G-BURZ/K3661/562 at The Duxford Air Show 2011
Curtiss P-40F Warhawk VH-PIV/X-17 Lees Hope at The Duxford Air Show 2011
Curtiss Hawk 75A-1 G-CCVH at The Duxford Air Show 2011
Curtiss P-40B Warhawk G-CDWH/284 at The Duxford Air Show 2011
McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle at The Duxford Air Show 2011
Boeing AH-64 Apache at The Duxford Air Show 2011
Silence Twister G-ZWIP (previously G-RIOT) and G-SWIP (previously G-TWST) at The Duxford Air Show 2011
Raytheon B200 King Air ZK450/J at The Duxford Air Show 2011
Fairey Swordfish II LS326/L2 at The Duxford Air Show 2011

Images courtesy of Bob Franklin

 

 

 

 

The Al Murray Spitfire Experience – Thursday 1st September 2011

 

Al Murray flying in Spitfire at Duxford

Al Murray flying in Spitfire
Photo Imperial War Museum Duxford

To mark the forthcoming Duxford Air Show weekend on the 3rd & 4th September, British comedian Al Murray better known as The Pub Landlord and also a presenter of historical documentaries visited The Imperial War Museum at Duxford. This was a special day for Duxford, not only could you hear the sound of Merlin engines above this World War II airfield (in this the 75th anniversary year of the Supermarine Spitfire) but the F1 Lotus Renault GB team were using Duxford’s runway for one of their test days.

 

 

 

 

Comedian Al Murray sitting in Supermarine Spitfire at Duxford
Comedian Al Murray in Supermarine Spitfire at Duxford

 

Celebrity Al who has been a regular visitor to Duxford for many years, was about to realise a childhood dream when he was taken flying in a two-seat Spitfire by John Romain from The Aircraft Restoration Company. Later in the day Al watched a practice display by the United States Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, which will be joined by a host of other classic aircraft at the weekend.

 

Comedian Al Murray and John Romain (Aircraft Restoration Company) with two-seat Supermarine Spitfire at Duxford
The Pub Landlord Al Murray with Supermarine Spitfire at Duxford

Images courtesy of Chris Cannon

 

 

The Duxford Air Show 2009 - Sunday 6th September 2009

 

North American Aviation P-51D-25NA Mustang G-BTCD 44-73419 Ferocious Frankie and Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX G-ASJV MH434 at The Duxford Air Show 2009

Sunday started off cloudy with light winds which improved as the crowd started to grow. You could hear the whine of the Orpheus jet engines as the Gnats taxied for takeoff. A KC-135 with the refueling probe deployed, did a couple of passes. The Gnats got airborne and proceeded to do a well synchronised display. Two unusual visitors to Duxford were the Percival Mew Gull and the Hawk Speed Six. Both these aircraft were designed for air racing.

 

 

 

de Havilland DH.85 Leopard Moth G-ACMN at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Canadian Car Foundry North American T-6 Texan (Harvard) lV 1747/G-BGPB - Taz at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Moravan Zlin Z.526 G-BLMA at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Pitts Special S1-S G-SWON at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Folland Gnat T1 XR538/G-RORI at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Folland Gnat T1 G-TIMM/XS111 pilot at The Duxford Air Show 2009

 

An entourage of the Bucker Jungmann, Yak 18, Moravan Zlin and Pitts Special slowly taxied along the crowd line. The nine times British Aerobatic Champion Mark Jefferies of Little Gransden was flying the Yak 18. The Bucker Jungmann (the Luftwaffe's primary trainer) gave an impressive performance. The Pitts Special also did a solo performance.

 

Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker with the refueling probe deployed at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Gnat team - Folland Gnat T1 G-RORI/XR538 and Folland Gnat T1 G-TIMM/XS111 at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Miles Hawk Major - M.2L Hawk Speed Six G-ADGP/8 at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Miles Hawk Major - M.2L Hawk Speed Six G-ADGP/8 and Percival Mew Gull ZS-AHM/G-AEXF at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann CASA 1-131 G-BSAJ at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Yakovlev Yak-18 OO-IAK pilot Mark Jefferies at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Yakovlev Yak-18 OO-IAK, Pitts Special S1-S G-SWON, Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann CASA 1-131 G-BSAJ and Moravan Zlin Z.526 G-BLMA at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk PRXIX PM631 pilot at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress 44-85784 G-BEDF Sally B Memphis Belle engine starting up at The Duxford Air Show 2009
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Spitfire PM631, Lancaster PA474 and Hurricane PZ865 at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Douglas A-1 Skyraider G-RADR AK-402 126922 at The Duxford Air Show 2009
North American Aviation P-51D-25NT Mustang N251RJ 44-84847 Miss Velma and Agusta 109BA 18 Squadron, Belgian Air Force at The Duxford Air Show 2009

 

The BBMF's Spitfire PM631 and Hurricane PZ865 started their taxi run as Lancaster PA474 overflew them. As The Battle of Britain Flight started their display cheers and clapping were heard from the crowd as Sally B's engine started. The flamboyantly painted Hunter 'Miss Demeanour' took off, closely followed by Hurricane Z5140 and the Hawker Demon. The Hunter landed with the brake chute out after a stunning display.

 

Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress 44-85784 G-BEDF Sally B Memphis Belle at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Hawker Hunter F58A G-PSST Miss Demeanour and North American F-86A Sabre 8178/FU-178 G-SABR at The Duxford Air Show 2009
North American Aviation P-51D-25NA Mustang G-BTCD 44-73419 Ferocious Frankie and Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX G-ASJV MH434 at The Duxford Air Show 2009
North American Aviation P-51D-25NA Mustang G-BTCD 44-73419 Ferocious Frankie at The Duxford Air Show 2009
The Aerostars - Yak Aerobatic Display Team at The Duxford Air Show 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 at The Duxford Air Show 2009

Images courtesy of Ross Cannon

 

You could hear the sound of vintage engines filling the air from the Hurricane and Hawker Demon. Other aircraft to display were the Douglas A-1 Skyraider, the Royal Air Force Hawk and the Harvard. Sally B took to the skies looking majestic as usual. A refreshing change at Duxford was The Aerostars flying Yak 52s, the pilots putting the aircraft through a sequence of interesting manoeuvres. Later in the afternoon the colourful Hunter and Sabre gave an ear rattling display.

Spitfire MH434 and Mustang 'Ferocious Frankie' took to the sky as Sally B came into land. For the finale of the Duxford Air Show 2009 four Spitfires, BM597, TD248, PV202 and ML407 gave a brilliant WWII type dog fight following the Messerschmitt Buchon 109. This beautifully painted machine is actually a Spanish built Hispano Aviacion, rebuilt to represent a Bf 109 G-6.

 

Review by Ross Cannon

 

 

 

 

Supermarine Spitfire Mk PRXIX PM631 at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Hawker Hurricanes and Supermarine Spitfires in Duxford hangar at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Agusta 109BA 18 Squadron Belgian Air Force at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Hawker Hurricane Mk XII G-HURI Z5140 at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk PRXIX PM631 at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc G-AMAU PZ865 - The Last of the Many at The Duxford Air Show 2009
British Aerospace Hawk T1 XX307 at The Duxford Air Show 2009
North American Aviation P-51D-25NT Mustang N251RJ 44-84847 Miss Velma at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Folland Gnat T1 G-TIMM/XS111 at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Moravan Zlin Z.526 G-BLMA at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk PRXIX PM631 at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress 44-85784 G-BEDF Sally B Memphis Belle at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress 44-85784 G-BEDF Sally B Memphis Belle at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Boeing B-17G-105-VE Flying Fortress 44-85784 G-BEDF Sally B Memphis Belle and The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Hawker Hunter F58A G-PSST Miss Demeanour at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Hawker Hurricane Mk XII G-HURI Z5140 and Hawker Demon I G-BTVE/K8203 at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Hawker Hurricane Mk XII G-HURI Z5140 at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Douglas A-1 Skyraider G-RADR AK-402 126922 at The Duxford Air Show 2009
North American Aviation P-51D-25NT Mustang N251RJ 44-84847 Miss Velma at The Duxford Air Show 2009
North American Aviation P-51D-25NT Mustang N251RJ 44-84847 Miss Velma at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Canadian Car Foundry North American T-6 Texan (Harvard) lV 1747/G-BGPB - Taz at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Canadian Car Foundry North American T-6 Texan (Harvard) lV 1747/G-BGPB - Taz pilot Anna Walker at The Duxford Air Show 2009
North American F-86A Sabre 8178/FU-178 G-SABR at The Duxford Air Show 2009
North American F-86A Sabre 8178/FU-178 G-SABR at The Duxford Air Show 2009
North American F-86A Sabre 8178/FU-178 G-SABR at The Duxford Air Show 2009
North American Aviation P-51D-25NA Mustang G-BTCD 44-73419 Ferocious Frankie and Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX G-ASJV MH434 at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb G-MKVB BM597 at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI G-OXVI TD248 and Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb G-MKVB BM597 at The Duxford Air Show 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 at The Duxford Air Show 2009
Supermarine Spitfire Tr Mk IX G-LFIX ML407 The Grace Spitfire at The Duxford Air Show 2009

Images courtesy of Ian Bracegirdle