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Debut displays at the Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford

A Lockheed-Martin F-35-01 will appear in the flying display during the Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM

A Lockheed-Martin F-35-01 will appear in the flying display during the Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM

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Debut flying displays and an array of vintage entertainment will be on offer at the Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford in July.

Taking place over the weekend of Saturday, July 14 to Sunday, July 15, the Flying Legends Air Show presents two debut flying displays in 2018.

For the first time, a contemporary F-35 Lightning from the United States Air Force Historic Flight will fly in formation with a historic P-51 Mustang.

Also making its debut display at the Flying Legends Air Show at Duxford, the Flying Bulls’ Douglas DC-6 aircraft will fly alongside its fleet of classic North American B-25 Mitchell, Vought F4U Corsair and Lockheed P-38 Lightning aircraft.

New for 2018, the Flying Legends Air Show offers two vintage villages with a wide range of nostalgic entertainment, including the Umbrella Big Band performing swing classics, and the Hotsie Totsies performing songs from the 1920s to the 1940s in their inimitable harmonic style.

Crowds enjoying the 2017 Flying Legends Air Show. Picture: IWM.Crowds enjoying the 2017 Flying Legends Air Show. Picture: IWM.

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

There is also the opportunity to sit in a replica Spitfire and have a vintage makeover, additional costs apply.

Visitors to the Cambridgeshire airfield can meet 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 Home Front Bus offers a unique living history experience contained within a classic double-decker bus, featuring detailed reconstructions of a 1940s living room, shop, bombed out street and air raid shelter.

The Flying Bulls P-38, a B-25J Mitchell and a F4U-4 Corsair flying in formation as part of the flying display line-up at the 2016 Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM.The Flying Bulls P-38, a B-25J Mitchell and a F4U-4 Corsair flying in formation as part of the flying display line-up at the 2016 Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM.

As visitors explore the Home Front Bus they encounter the sounds, sights and smells of Britain on the Home Front.

An exclusive preview of extended footage from the finished film Spitfire will be screened at the air show in advance of its release into cinemas this summer.

With breathtaking aerial footage from the world’s top aviation photographer John Dibbs, and rare digitally-remastered archive footage from the 1940s, combined with an incredible soundscape and the words of the last surviving combat veterans, Spitfire is a striking and poignant film to this iconic fighter aircraft.

During the flying display visitors can see up to 50 historic aircraft presented at the airfield just across the county border from Royston.

A flying display at the Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford in 2017 featuring (from left to right) a Le Vier Cosmic Wind, a Percival Mew Gull, a Travel Air Type R Mystery Ship and a de Havilland DH88 Comet. Picture: IWMA flying display at the Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford in 2017 featuring (from left to right) a Le Vier Cosmic Wind, a Percival Mew Gull, a Travel Air Type R Mystery Ship and a de Havilland DH88 Comet. Picture: IWM

Highlights of the flying programme include 14 Supermarine Spitfires, from the rare Mark I to Mark XVI models, and five Second World War American P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft.

There will also be four Hawker Hurricanes, Duxford’s B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B, the only flying B-17 in Europe, and the world’s only airworthy Bristol Blenheim.

New for the Flying Legends Air Show this year, the grandstand experience offers an uninterrupted view of all the flying action.

Visitors can also get up close to aircraft on the flightline walk on the mornings of the air show weekend.

Living history groups add authentic atmosphere to the Flying Legends Air Show, hosted by IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM.Living history groups add authentic atmosphere to the Flying Legends Air Show, hosted by IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM.

Tickets for the Flying Legends Air Show must be booked in advance. No on the day tickets are available.

Adult tickets cost from £35.

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

The Flying Legends Air Show is organised and produced by The Fighter Collection.

The balbo, a massed formation of aircraft unique to the Flying Legends Air Show, takes over the skies during the 2017 air show. Picture: IWM.The balbo, a massed formation of aircraft unique to the Flying Legends Air Show, takes over the skies during the 2017 air show. Picture: IWM.

• For further information, visit www.flyinglegends.com

IWM Duxford is Britain’s best-preserved Second World War airfield, with a fascinating history that dates back to the First World War.

• For more on IWM Duxford, visit iwm.org.uk

Living history groups depicting Second World War RAF and United States Army Air Forces personnel bring the historic airfield to life at the Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM.Living history groups depicting Second World War RAF and United States Army Air Forces personnel bring the historic airfield to life at the Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM.

'Laurel and Hardy' entertain visitors to the Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM'Laurel and Hardy' entertain visitors to the Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM

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