10th-11th September 2016
In the 80th anniversary year of the formation of RAF Fighter Command, the spotlight falls on Duxford’s central role as an active fighter station during the Second World War; possibly the most important air war ever fought. During this time, Duxford’s RAF fighter pilots contributed to the defence of Great Britain in the Battle of Britain and later, under the control of the United States Army Air Forces, Duxford took the fight to the enemy in the skies over Germany.
The flying display explores different types of flying and fighting, developing tactics, the role of the fighter pilot and how war is fought when the enemy doesn’t possess fighter aircraft.
Highlights of the flying display include:
- The Red Arrows (Sunday only).
- Six Supermarine Spitfires showing the evolution of fighter tactics.
- A 1930s combination of biplane fighters including two Hawker Nimrods, a Hawker Fury, Hawker Demon and Gloster Gladiator.
- A group of Naval aircraft including a Consolidated PBY Catalina, Goodyear Corsair and Supermarine Seafire.
- Soviet fighter aircraft represented by a Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 and a Yakovlev Yak-3.
There will be activities across the museum including RAF living history groups and live entertainment from The Bluebird Belles and the RAF Wyton Band.
The Duxford Air Show: Meet the Fighters is advance tickets only. Tickets are not available to purchase on arrival at the air show.
Tickets are now on sale from http://www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-duxford/airshows/2016