Duxford’s Meet The Fighters weekend leaves visitors flying high

Hispano Buchon aircraft at Duxford. Picture: IWM

Hispano Buchon aircraft at Duxford. Picture: IWM - Credit: IWM

Thousands of visitors enjoyed a thrilling weekend at IWM Duxford for their Meet The Fighters Air Show.

The Bluebird Belles performed at The Duxford Air Show. Picture: IWM

The Bluebird Belles performed at The Duxford Air Show. Picture: IWM - Credit: IWM

Organisers transported spectators back in their commemoration of the the 80th anniversaries of the formation of Fighter Command and the first flight of the Spitfire with a display which showcased the speed and agility of historic fighter aircraft.

Other activities and attractions included the chance to see a cutting-edge Boeing Insitu ScanEagle, displayed in the American Air Museum by permission of Boeing.

There were living history groups representing the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, and talks by Col Richard Graham about flying the SR-71 Blackbird next to the aircraft he flew – which is on display in the American Air Museum.

The Bluebird Belles, Pete Wayre and the RAF Wyton Band provided musical entertainment.

The Great War Display Team. Picture: IWM

The Great War Display Team. Picture: IWM - Credit: IWM


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IWM Duxford’s Esther Blaine said: “Up to 25,000 visitors enjoyed the weekend.

“On Saturday there were inclement conditions to deal with which meant our full flying programme couldn’t go ahead, but there were lots of land activities taking place.

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“On Sunday our full flying programme went ahead in the glorious sunshine and everyone had a lovely day.”

RAF re-enactors at The Duxford Air Show. Picture: IWM

RAF re-enactors at The Duxford Air Show. Picture: IWM - Credit: IWM

B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B at Duxford. Picture: IWM

B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B at Duxford. Picture: IWM - Credit: IWM

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