GALLERY: Visitors flock to spectacular displays at Imperial War Museum Duxford’s D-Day anniversary air show
13:28 27 May 2014
More than 10,000 visitors watched spectacular aerial displays at the Imperial War Museum’s D-Day Anniversary Air Show, at Duxford.
The weekend event was a poignant and memorable commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings.
Visitors were able to meet serving soldiers from today’s airborne forces alongside living history groups who brought D-Day to life.
Flying displays included the Patrouille de France, the precision aerobatic display team of the French Air Force, as well as gliders and tug aircraft. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight presented its Douglas Dakota MkIII and Supermarine Spitfire PRXIX, bedecked in D-Day stripes, followed by a rip-roaring display by the Eurofighter Typhoon in its new 2014 colour scheme of D-Day stripes.
Crowd favourites the B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B, North American P-51 Mustang and Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX also took to the skies.
A number of aircraft flown during the commemoration were in action on D-Day itself, including Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar’s Supermarine Spitfire IX MK912, which was allocated to No.312 (Czechoslovak) Squadron in 1944.
Contemporary aircraft were also on display, including the Augusta Westland Apache AH MkI of the Army Air Corps,
The crowd also looked on as The Red Devils performed a parachute jump – complete with billowing Union Flags – from the historic C-47 Skytrain aircraft to cap a spectacular conclusion to the show.