IWM Duxford Air Festival latest flying display additions announced

PUBLISHED: 13:13 30 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:29 30 March 2017

BAE Systems Eurofighter Typhoon will be at the Duxford Air Festival [Picture: IWM Duxford]

BAE Systems Eurofighter Typhoon will be at the Duxford Air Festival [Picture: IWM Duxford]

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Thunderous contemporary jets, powerful military helicopters and dynamic parachute displays will offer exhilarating aerial excitement for all the family at the Duxford Air Festival in May.

A de Havilland DH88 Comet and a Mew Gull A de Havilland DH88 Comet and a Mew Gull

The latest exciting additions to the flying programme for the Duxford Air Festival have been announced.

One of de Havilland’s most famous planes will make an appearance at the festival over the May Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

The de Havilland DH88 Comet, which won the 1934 England to Australia Air Race in 70 hours and 34 minutes, has been announced for the flying display.

The DH88 Comet will be accompanied by two Percival Mew Gulls, one original and one replica.

The Mew Gull held the world record for the fastest return journey in its class from England to Cape Town for over 70 years.

The Duxford Air Festival commemorates the centenary of IWM Duxford this year.

And visitors over the weekend Saturday, May 27 to Sunday, May 28 will be able to see a BAE Systems Eurofighter Typhoon, the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft, in action.

An Agusta Westland Apache, a state-of-the-art attack helicopter designed to hunt and destroy tanks, will also wow visitors.

The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team will also be performing a thrilling freefall display on the Saturday of the festival.

The last remaining airworthy B-17 bomber in Europe, the B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B, will also make an appearance.

Thrilling entertainment across the museum includes activities with the Parachute Regiment Recruiting Team, the Royal Gurkha Rifles, and living history groups representing First World War aviators and Second World War United States Army Air Forces pilots and ground crew.

Visitors can also experience the award-winning exhibitions at IWM Duxford, as entrance to the whole museum – including AirSpace, the newly redeveloped American Air Museum and the Battle of Britain exhibition – is included in the in the price of the air show ticket.

Tickets for the Duxford Air Festival must be booked in advance. There will be no tickets available on the gate on the day of the air show.

Book before Sunday, May 14 to take advantage of early bird prices.

Kids under 16 go free when an adult purchases a ticket for the air show.

All flying is subject to weather, serviceability and operational commitments.

• For more details, and to buy tickets, visit http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford

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