Thousands flock to Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford

PUBLISHED: 12:16 09 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:55 09 July 2017

Crowd enjoying the Flying Legends Air Show 2017 at IWM Duxford

Crowd enjoying the Flying Legends Air Show 2017 at IWM Duxford

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Thousands of spectators flocked to the 2017 Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford.

Eric Brunotte, veteran German fighter pilot, next to the Hispano Buchon aircraft at the Flying Legends Air Show 2017 at IWM Duxford Eric Brunotte, veteran German fighter pilot, next to the Hispano Buchon aircraft at the Flying Legends Air Show 2017 at IWM Duxford

Over 15,000 enthusiasts from across the world experienced the nostalgia of the Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford on Saturday in the airfield’s centenary year.

Across the museum visitors indulged in fun and enthralling activities.

The Vintage Village offered a step back in time to the 1940s with musical entertainment from The Manhattan Dolls, direct from New York, and the Umbrella Big Band.

They also met ‘Laurel and Hardy’, enjoyed 1940s hair and make-up transformations, and had the opportunity to sit in a replica Spitfire.

Living history groups bring the airfield to nostalgic life at IWM Duxford during the Flying Legends Air Show [Picture: David Mackey] Living history groups bring the airfield to nostalgic life at IWM Duxford during the Flying Legends Air Show [Picture: David Mackey]

In a very special occasion, visitors had the chance to meet Eric Brunotte, a veteran Second World War German veteran fighter pilot who flew over 560 duties on many aircraft, including the Messerschmitt Me-109 and the Focke Wulfe FW 190.

IWM Duxford’s centenary sound sculpture, DX17, also wowed guests throughout the day.

Experiencing this dramatic large-scale sculpture, similar in size to a Spitfire but futuristic and aerodynamic in form, visitors magically transform points of light into sound to hear up to 100 voices, memories and sounds from Duxford’s remarkable 100 year history.

Tickets holders also met World War Two characters as they explored the museum site, including Ops 39-45, representing Battle of Britain-era RAF pilots and ground crew, the 42nd Field Hospital, portraying US Army medical personnel from the Second World War, and the Screaming Eagles living history group representing the 101st US Airborne Division.

The flying programme commenced with a stunning display by nine Supermarine Spitfires.

Other flying display highlights included a Second World War Navy flying display of Vought F4U Corsair, Grumman F8F Bearcat and North American Fury, while the B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B, the only airworthy B-17 in Europe, was accompanied by three P-51 Mustangs.

Visitors also marvelled at the glorious Classic Formation trio of Douglas DC-3 Dakota and two Beech 18 aircraft.

A Battle of Britain scenario featuring three Spitfires, five Hurricanes and the only flying Bristol Blenheim also flew over the airfield.

A flying display featuring a de Havilland Comet, Percival Mew Gull, Travel Air Type R Mystery Ship and LeVier Cosmic Wind recalled the halcyon days of air racing.

The Legends flying display concluded with the balbo, a massed flypast of many of the historic aircraft that had taken part in the flying display.

The Flying Legends Air Show continues today (Sunday, July 9), with the Red Arrows due to perform.

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