75°Spitfire Anniversary

Duxford Air Show celebrates the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the Spitfire this weekend. A spectacular flying display will include the only 2011 UK appearance of the United States Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle.

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Spitfire, Duxford marks the technological development of this legendary fighter with aerial displays by a range of Spitfires, from the original Mark I Spitfire through to the Mark XVI. Never-seen-before displays at Duxford IWM, which is near Cambridge, include the Royal Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron de Havilland Vampire T.55 and FB6 Pair and the RAF Beech King Air B200. The RedHawks Duo formation display team will perform elegant glider displays to music, a gentle and graceful contrast to the more powerful aircraft displays. On static display will be the Polish Air Force M-28 and Historic Aircraft Collection’s newly restored Hawker Fury Mk I, the only one of its kind in the world. Fun is not just to be had in the air as there are plenty of activities for all the family to enjoy throughout the day. The Second World War will be brought to life by various re-enactment groups, who will be meeting and chatting to visitors across the museum. Duxford Radio Society has displays of Second World War radio equipment where visitors can get hands-on and have a go at transmitting and receiving messages. Following the tragic death of Red Arrows pilot Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging at the Bournemouth Air Festival last month, Duxford confirmed that the Red Arrows will not be displaying at the show on Sunday.