A fabulous Forties weekend at the Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford

PUBLISHED: 10:59 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:14 17 July 2018

United States Air Force Heritage Flight F-35, a P-51 Mustang and Supermarine Spitfire Mk V. Picture: David Mackey / IWM

United States Air Force Heritage Flight F-35, a P-51 Mustang and Supermarine Spitfire Mk V. Picture: David Mackey / IWM

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More than 31,000 visitors from all over the world enjoyed a wonderfully nostalgic weekend at the Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford.

Spitfires on the flightline. Picture: Supplied by IWM DuxfordSpitfires on the flightline. Picture: Supplied by IWM Duxford

The flying display included a stunning Spitfire scramble, flypast and tail chase, and a tribute to the Battle of Britain movie, filmed at Duxford 50 years ago, which featured four Hispano Buchon aircraft and three Supermarine Spitfires.

The B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B also flew accompanied by a P-47 Thunderbolt and followed by three P-51 Mustangs.

The United States Air Force Heritage Flight featured a contemporary F-35 Lighting jet accompanied by a P-51 Mustang and Supermarine Spitfire MkV.

The flying display reached its climax with the internationally famous balbo finale formation of up to 30 historic aircraft.

On the ground, the Flying Legends Air Show presented two vintage villages with a wide range of nostalgic entertainment, including the Umbrella Big Band performing swinging big band classics.

For the first time at the Flying Legends Air Show, the Hotsie Totsies performing songs from the 1920s to the 1940s in their inimitable harmonic style.

‘Laurel and Hardy’ returned for scene-stealing performances with their Model T Ford car.

There was also the opportunity to sit in a replica Spitfire and have a vintage makeover.

Living history group Sweatin' out the Mission next to P-51 Mustang Trusty Rusty at the Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Picture: David Mackey.Living history group Sweatin' out the Mission next to P-51 Mustang Trusty Rusty at the Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Picture: David Mackey.

Visitors met living history groups representing the Royal Flying Corps of the First World War, an airfield construction team of the Second World War and No.303 Polish Squadron of the Royal Air Force, the most successful Fighter Command unit during the Battle of Britain.

The Spirit of Britain portrayed pilots and ground crew of the Second Tactical Air Force during 1944, living in tented encampments with original period camping equipment used at the time.

Ops 39-45 presented authentic bomber briefings, as would have been presented to RAF bomber crews during the Second World War.

The next air show at IWM Duxford is the Battle of Britain Air Show 2018 on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23.

Duxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadDuxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Tickets must be bought in advance.

• Tickets can be purchased at https://www.iwm.org.uk/events/duxford-battle-of-britain-air-show-2018

Duxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadDuxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Duxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadDuxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Duxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadDuxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Duxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadDuxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Duxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadDuxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Duxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadDuxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Duxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadDuxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Duxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadDuxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Duxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadDuxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Duxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadDuxford Flying Legends Air Show 2018. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

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