The yearly celebration of air power and 1940s life is back at Duxford in late September.
The roar of Merlin engines will fill the air as historic aircraft take to the skies above the important RAF fighter station of Duxford, famous for defending Great Britain during WWII. On 21-22 September the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show returns as the museum, hangars, airfield and showground are transformed for the weekend with re-enactors, 1940s music and dance, entertainments and activities.
Witness daring air displays, dogfights and aerobatics – ending with the splendour of the now famous mass Spitfire flypast in the skies where history happened. Now, if you remember the end scene of Christopher Nolan’s art house portrayal of Dunkirk, a Spitfire ran out of fuel and landed on the beach. The real history is that Squadron Leader Geoffrey Stephenson’s Spitfire was shot down and crash landed on the beach. The Spitfire disappeared into the sand and only resurfaced 46 years after a storm. Incredibly, the wreckage was rebuilt and made air worthy and you can see Spitfire N3200 flying at the show. Other aeroplanes to look out for include Hawker Hurricane Mk XIIa 5711 (see in Squadron 303), the last remaining airworthy B-17 Flying Fortress in Europe, Sally B, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (with Lancaster PA474, Spitfire and Hurricanes), a Soviet Yakolev Yak 9 HB-RYA, the Bremont Great War Display team (see in the 2017 film Wonder Woman), a North America P-51D Mustang and more.
Tickets start at £35 and need to be pre-purchased. Go to www.iwm.org.uk for details and bookings.
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