Duxford Air Show 2013 attracts thousands of visitors

The Aerostars perform a close-formation pass at the Duxford Air Show 2013 [Picture:  IWM] The Aerostars perform a close-formation pass at the Duxford Air Show 2013 [Picture: IWM]

Saturday, September 7, 2013
9:19 PM

THOUSANDS of visitors enjoyed a fabulous first day at The Duxford Air Show 2013, with a flypast by a Boeing 747-8F one of the highlights.

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Boeing 747-8F performs a flypast over the IWM Duxford airfield [Picture:  IWM]Boeing 747-8F performs a flypast over the IWM Duxford airfield [Picture: IWM]

The flying display started with a display by the North American B-25 Mitchell from the Royal Netherlands Air Force.

This was followed by the tightly-choreographed aerobatics of The Aerostars in their Yak 50 aircraft.

A poignant solo display by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Supermarine Spitfire Mark XIX reminded visitors of the special relationship between IWM Duxford and the iconic Spitfire.

Pete Kynsey performed a nimble aerobatic display in the Levier Cosmic Wind.

The Piper Cub gets into position to perform the truck top landing at the Duxford Air Show 2013 [Picture:  IWM]The Piper Cub gets into position to perform the truck top landing at the Duxford Air Show 2013 [Picture: IWM]

Then came the star moment of the flying display as the Boeing 747-8F arrived on the horizon.

This immense aircraft performed a series of flypasts over the Cambridgeshire airfield, drawing gasps of amazement and appreciative applause from the air show crowd.

The daredevil moment of the afternoon’s flying display was the Piper Cub trailer top landing, which succeeded despite blustery conditions.

This was followed by an elegant display by D & M Miller’s de Havilland Dragon Rapide.

Land Army girls take a welcome lunch break at the Duxford Air Show 2013 [Picture:  IWM]Land Army girls take a welcome lunch break at the Duxford Air Show 2013 [Picture: IWM]

The Fighter Collection presented a piston-engined duo of a Grumman F8F Bearcat and a Grumman FM-2 Wildcat, which was followed by the popular B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B.

Anna Walker performed spectacular aerobatics in her Bucker Jungmann aircraft.

Reminiscent of RAF Duxford in the Battle of Britain, six Supermarine Spitfires took off for a thrilling tailchase with a Hispano HA-112 Buchon (Messerschmitt 109).

Having wowed the crowds at The Duxford Air Show last year, the de Havilland Vampire pair, operated by the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron, returned with an exciting display.

Colonel Richard Graham giving a tour of the SR-71 Blackbird in the American Air Museum [Picture:  IWM]Colonel Richard Graham giving a tour of the SR-71 Blackbird in the American Air Museum [Picture: IWM]

This was followed by another impromptu performance by The Aerostars before the rip-roaring Eurofighter Typhoon from 29 (R) Squadron, RAF Coningsby, concluded the flying display with a crescendo performance.

During the morning, there were activities to enjoy across the museum. Colonel Richard Graham gave fascinating walk-around tours of the SR-71 Blackbird in the American Air Museum to enthralled audiences.

Also in the American Air Museum were fun family activities, where visitors of all ages were trying on United States Army Air Forces equipment next to the B-24 Liberator.

Living history groups brought the 1940s back to IWM Duxford. Ops 1939-45 represented Royal Air Force pilots and ground crew in the Battle of Britain era in their authentic dispersal hut.

A cup of tea for the RAF officer at the Duxford Air Show 2013 [Picture:  IWM]A cup of tea for the RAF officer at the Duxford Air Show 2013 [Picture: IWM]

They chatted to visitors and encouraged them to try on RAF equipment and uniforms.

Members of the 42nd Field Hospital living history group represented Land Army girls.

The Duxford Air Show continues tomorrow (Sunday, September 8).

Visit www.iwm.org.uk for details of all Duxford events and activities.

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