IWM Duxford has revealed some details about its forthcoming Battle of Britain Air Show, scheduled for September 23 and 24. Note that entrance to the show will be by advance ticket only.
Among the highlights of the event will be a flypast by a formation of 12 Spitfires. Another highlight will be a Cold War section featuring a Mikoyan Gurevich Mig-15UTI flying alongside two de Havilland Vampires.
Other flying displays include:
- The RAF Falcons, the UK’s premiere military parachute team, opening the flying display with a precision demonstration of freefall and canopy skills.
- Up to six Hawker Hurricanes in formation.
- A magnificent collection of interwar Hawker biplanes, including a Mark I Hawker Fury, Hawker Nimrod I and Hawker Nimrod II showing the development of Hawker fighter aircraft in the 1930s up to the creation of the Hurricane.
- Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Sally B, and transport aircraft Douglas C-47 Skytrain will fly in tandem, accompanied by a P-51 Mustang fighter escort.
- Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A escorted by naval fighter aircraft.
- Representing the Russian front of the Second World War, a Hispano Buchon will fly in to ‘attack’ the airfield, accompanied by strafing effects, and will be chased off by a Yakovlev Yak-3.
- The spectacle of the Great War Display Team will present First World War combat tactics with nine replica First World War aircraft including a Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c; three Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a aircraft; two Fokker DR1 triplanes and two Junkers CL1s, accompanied by flak, bombing and strafing effects.
- The Tiger Nine formation team will showcase the Tiger Moth trainers that many Battle of Britain pilots flew when they started flying.
- A finale flypast will be led by a Bristol Blenheim with a Gloster Gladiator on each wing. This will be followed by two formations of Hawker Hurricanes and a formation of Mark I Supermarine Spitfires.
Photos courtesy IWM DUXFORD