A swinging time had by all at IWM Duxford’s American Air Show

The Lindy Hoppers swinging to the music of the day. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

The Lindy Hoppers swinging to the music of the day. PICTURE: Clive Porter. - Credit: Archant

In a celebration of the recently opened American Air Museum at IWM Duxford, a spectacular American Air Show was held at the weekend, attracting thousands of visitors from far and wide.

Aviation author, Ian Hall, was signing his latest publication. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

Aviation author, Ian Hall, was signing his latest publication. PICTURE: Clive Porter. - Credit: Archant

The air show marked the development of American air power during the World Wars, the Cold War and into contemporary warfare.

Visitors met living history groups representing the United States Air Force during the Second World War and the Vietnam era. They also had the chance to chat to living history interpreters and take a peak at their vehicles and equipment.

Entertainment from the Bluebird Belles, with authentic war-time musical numbers. PICTURE: Clive Port

Entertainment from the Bluebird Belles, with authentic war-time musical numbers. PICTURE: Clive Porter - Credit: Archant

There was also plenty of entertainment for revellers – the Cambridge Lindyhoppers demonstrated 1940s dances as Miss Holliday Swing, The Bluebird Belles and Pete Wayre performed nostalgic 1940s and 1950s songs on the hangar base.

The next air show at IWM Duxford is the Flying Legends Air Show on Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10. Tickets can be bought online at www.iwm.org.uk/ and must be purchased in advance.

The platoon ready for action. Part of the Rolling Thunder Living History team. PICTURE: Clive Porter

The platoon ready for action. Part of the Rolling Thunder Living History team. PICTURE: Clive Porter. - Credit: Archant

Members of the crew of the vertical lift off American Air Force V 22 inspect their plane before take

Members of the crew of the vertical lift off American Air Force V 22 inspect their plane before take off. PICTURE: Clive Porter. - Credit: Archant

The American Boeing B-17 G Flying Fortress (SallyB) takes to the skies. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

The American Boeing B-17 G Flying Fortress (SallyB) takes to the skies. PICTURE: Clive Porter. - Credit: Archant

A vivid display by the French aerobatic team from the Patrouille de France opened the proceedings on

A vivid display by the French aerobatic team from the Patrouille de France opened the proceedings on Saturday. PICTURE: Clive Porter. - Credit: Archant

Gary Stridom in his Luftwaffe uniform. PICTURE: Clive Porter.

Gary Stridom in his Luftwaffe uniform. PICTURE: Clive Porter. - Credit: Archant


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