The Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show will bring the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF) to a resounding finale with a celebration of 100 years of RAF history and a vision of its innovative future capability, both in the air and on the ground.
Flying displays from the RAF include the Red Arrows display team, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Grob 115E Tutor. In celebration of the prestigious 617 Squadron, renowned for the Second World War Dambusters Raid, there will be a display of the squadron’s aircraft, past, present and future, featuring the Avro Lancaster, Tornado GR4 and F-35B Lightning II. The air show will also include one of the last flying displays by the Tornado GR4 before it retires from active service in 2019.
In a unique display for IWM Duxford in 2018, the RAF will demonstrate its air-to-air refueling capabilities with the Voyager KC Mk.2 tanker taking to the skies alongside an immense Atlas A400M transport aircraft and two Eurofighter Typhoons.
The RAF100 Inspire Showcase will take over IWM Duxford’s Conservation Hall in the AirSpace exhibition, showcasing cutting-edge technological developments from the Royal Air Force’s industry partners, including BAE Systems, Airbus and Fujitsu, who are presenting a large-scale virtual flying display. The RAF100 Inspire Zone hosts the final of the Royal Air Force Engineering Competition 2018 on 22 September and the winners of this esteemed competition will be announced at the air show.
An array of historic aircraft from the past 100 years will take to the skies, showing the development of the RAF from its earliest aeroplanes flown in 1918, when Duxford first opened as an RAF station, through to aircraft from the 1930s, Second World War and the Korean War.
The Battle of Britain, a pivotal moment for the Royal Air Force and RAF Duxford, will be demonstrated by historic aircraft which would have been flown by RAF pilots during the Second World War. Up to twenty Spitfires will take to the air in a poignant massed flypast and tailchase display. Six Hawker Hurricanes will fly in formation and the rare Bristol Blenheim will fly with a Lysander (famous for dropping agents into occupied France in the Second World War) and a Gloster Gladiator biplane.
On the ground at the air show, visitors will be transported back to the 1940s and experience the sights and sounds that kept spirits up during the Battle of Britain, from dancing the jitterbug to live bands to meeting a cast of wartime characters, wearing forties fashion, having a 1940s hairstyle and playing family-focused games of the era.
As seen on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, the wartime spirit will also be brought to life by the heartfelt harmonies of the D-Day Darlings.
In the Meet the Authors tent, there will be talks, question and answer sessions and book signings with well-respected history authors, including historian, writer and broadcaster James Holland, who regularly presents documentaries for the BBC and was the history expert for the BBC One broadcast of the RAF 100 flypast in July 2018.
Tickets for all air shows must be booked in advance; no on the day tickets are available. A fantastic Early Bird offer is available until Sunday 9 September and kids go free when an adult ticket is purchased for the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show.