The flying programme for The Duxford Air Show is now confirmed, with a different and diverse range of flying displays booked for each day. From legendary historic aircraft to dynamic aerobatics, there’s aerial excitement to wow all the family.

Here are the highlights of the weekend’s flying programme:

Saturday 7 September

The must-see moment of Saturday’s flying programme is the debut UK air show appearance of the Boeing 747-8F, operated by Stansted Airport-based Global Supply Systems Limited and leased to British
Airways World Cargo, which will make two flypasts over the IWM Duxford airfield. The largest freighter aircraft on the British register, the Boeing will be a magnificent sight as it fills the skies over IWM Duxford.

The Westland Sea King from 22 Squadron, Royal Air Force, based at Wattisham Airfield, will perform a dramatic search and rescue demonstration.

Sophisticated aerobatics come from the ever-popular Aerostars and also from the stylish Patrouille de France, the precision aerobatic demonstration team of the French Air Force, who will be opening the flying display. The Patrouille de France was established in 1931 and is the world’s oldest, and one of its
most skilled, demonstration teams.

In the 70th anniversary year of the Dambusters Raid, we’re delighted to have the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster and Supermarine Spitfire perform a poignant commemorative display.

There will be rip-roaring contemporary jet power from the Eurofighter Typhoon from 29 (R) Squadron at RAF Coningsby. Vintage jet power is provided by the North American F-86 Sabre, America’s first swept-wing fighter aircraft, which was developed in the late 1940s. This F-86 Sabre is thought to be the world’s
oldest flying jet.

The Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron will display its Canadair CT-133 Silver Star jet trainer aircraft and its pair of de Havilland Vampires, which made such an impact at The Duxford Air Show in 2012.

There will also be a display by four de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunks under the tongue-in-cheek name of The Red Sparrows! The Chipmunk is a versatile aircraft which was the primary trainer aircraft of choice for many of the world’s air forces after the Second World War.

Also representing training light aircraft is the Piper J-3 Cub, operated by Skyfever, which is one of the most popular light aircraft of all time. This unique trailer top landing display has to be seen to be believed!

It wouldn’t be The Duxford Air Show without a plethora of Spitfires, and we have seven Spitfires taking to the skies, together with a Hispano Buchon (Messerschmitt Bf 109), so a Second World War-style dogfight is bound to ensue!

The Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight will display its North American B-25 Mitchell, an American-manufactured twin-engine bomber which was used during the Second World War and which saw four decades of service.

B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B, resident at IWM Duxford for over 30 years, will fly an elegant display, while The Fighter Collection, also based at IWM Duxford, presents its Grumman F8F Bearcat, Gloster Gladiator biplane and FG-1D Corsair aircraft.

Sunday 8 September

Sunday’s flying programme features jaw-dropping aerobatic spectaculars, with contrasting displays by the spectacular Patrouille de France, in their nine red, white and blue Alpha Jet aircraft, and nine-time British Aerobatics champion Mark Jeffries in his Extra 330SC. Mark’s breathtaking displays have to be seen
to be believed!

There will be a thunderous jet-powered display by the Eurofighter Typhoon from 29 (R) Squadron, RAF Coningsby. The North American F-86 Sabre, the oldest jet aircraft flying today, delivers power,
excitement and an unforgettable roar of the engine!

Two North American T-28 Fennec aircraft, operated by Radial Revelation Limited and Groupe Fennec respectively, will take to the skies. The T-28 Fennec was introduced after the Second World War as a trainer aircraft to provide pilots with the skills to fly the new jet aircraft that were coming into service.

Contemporary fast jet training is delivered by the Short Tucano, operated by the Central Flying School at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. The Tucano will showcase its adaptable capabilities in its flying display.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight concludes its weekend commemoration of the 70th anniversary of The Dambusters raid with a display by the Avro Lancaster, Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire. This will undoubtedly be a moving experience where you can hear a pin drop amongst the air show audience.

Another aircraft for which there is a huge public affection is B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B, which will take to the skies to remember the United States Army Air Forces crews who lost their lives during the Second World War. This is all the more poignant as IWM Duxford this year commemorates the 70th anniversary of
the American Air Forces arriving at RAF Duxford in 1943.

The Supermarine Spitfire first came into service at RAF Duxford. Honouring our own history, we have seven Spitfires taking to the skies to perform a Second World War dogfight alongside a Hispano Buchon (Messerschmitt 109).

The Fighter Collection presents displays by its Grumman F8F Bearcat, Gloster Gladiator and FG-1D Corsair.

Continuing a European flavour, we have displays by the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron Canadair CT-133 Silver Star jet trainer aircraft and de Havilland Vampire pair, while the Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight presents the North American B-25 Mitchell.

Sunday’s flying programme concludes in splendid style with the inimitable Red Arrows!

Purchase your tickets for The Duxford Air Show by Bank Holiday Monday 26 August at our advance booking rate and enjoy 10% off our ‘on the day’ ticket prices. Also, one free child ticket is available with every adult or senior ticket purchased in advance.

For further information on The Duxford Air Show, including ticket prices, go to iwm.org.uk

The flying programme in brief:

Saturday 7 September

B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B B-17 Preservation
Boeing 747-8F British Airways World Cargo, Global Supply Systems Ltd
Spitfire IX Old Flying Machine Company
Spitfire IXT Aircraft Restoration Company/ Historic Flying Ltd
Spitfire I The Fighter Collection
Spitfire V Historic Aircraft Collection
Spitfire V The Fighter Collection
Spitfire XIV The Fighter Collection
Spitfire IX Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight
Hispano Buchon (Messerschmitt Bf 109) Aircraft Restoration Company/ Historic Flying Ltd
Bearcat The Fighter Collection
Gladiator The Fighter Collection
Patrouille de France – Alpha Jet x 8 French Air Force
Lancaster, Spitfire Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby
Typhoon 29 (R ) Squadron, RAF Coningsby
Sea King 22 Squadron, RAF, Wattisham Airfield
Aerostars – Yak 50 x 6 Aerostars Aerobatic Formation
Chipmunk x 4 Red Sparrows
F-86 Sabre Golden Apple
Piper Cub Skyfever
CT-133 Silver Star Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron
Vampire x 2 Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron
B-25 Mitchell Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight
FG-1D Corsair The Fighter Collection

Sunday 8 September

B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B B-17 Preservation
Spitfire IX Old Flying Machine Company
Spitfire IXT Aircraft Restoration Company/ Historic Flying Ltd
Spitfire I The Fighter Collection
Spitfire V Historic Aircraft Collection
Spitfire V The Fighter Collection
Spitfire XIV The Fighter Collection
Spitfire IX Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight
Hispano Buchon (Messerschmitt Bf 109) Aircraft Restoration Company/ Historic Flying Ltd
Bearcat The Fighter Collection
Gladiator The Fighter Collection
The Red Arrows – Hawk x 9 RAF Aerobatic Team, RAF Scampton
Patrouille de France – Alpha Jet x 8 French Air Force
Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby
Typhoon 29 (R ) Squadron, RAF Coningsby
Tucano CFS Flight, RAF Linton-on-Ouse
Extra 330SC M.Jefferies
F-86 Sabre Golden Apple
T-28 Fennec Radial Revelation
T-28 Fennec Groupe Fennec
CT-133 Silver Star Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron
Vampire x 2 Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron
B-25 Mitchell Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight
FG-1D Corsair The Fighter Collection