Aviation enthusiasts are in for a real treat this weekend, with three-and-a-half hours of aerial displays by rare planes from all over the world, the chance to examine and interact with both genuine and replica aircraft, performances of 1930s &40s songs and swing classics, a dispersal point display, a bomber briefing and a US Army field hospital re-enactment all to look forward to. Welcome to the Flying Legends Air Show 2014!
The 50 aircraft appearing will of course be the stars of the show at IWM Duxford, with highlights including aerobatics performed in a trio of Supermarine Spitfires by the Bremont Horsemen Flight Team, including a rare Mark I variant, a display by the Flying Bulls, a celebration of the bi-plane period with Hawker planes (2 Nimrods, a Demon and a Hind) and another of Curtiss aircraft, a melee of Mustangs, including the blue nosed Moonbeam McSwine and Princess Elizabeth (soon to return to the US), two Gloster Gladiator craft flying together and a pair of Junkers Ju-52 planes, an appearance by the Breitling Super Constellation for the first time in a decade, and a lineage of Supermarine Spitfire which will be flying choreographed dogfights alongside their old adversary, the Hispano Buchon (or Messerschmitt Bf109).
The show will be happening on both days, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July 2014, but a Battle of Britain memorial flight Lancaster will join the Spitfires and Hurricanes for a special commemorative wartime display on the Sunday ONLY.
There will also be a Home Front Bus attending, complete with detailed reconstruction of a 1940s living room, a war-time shop, a bombed out street and an air raid shelter (there was much discussion in the Forces War Records office as to how any vehicle shy of the Tardis could fit all this), Prosecco and Pimms bars, musical performances, an appearance by screen legends Laurel and Hardy, deckchair seating area, the chance to pre-order afternoon tea and picnics (three days ahead only!), a full-sized replica Spitfire and a static display of up to 20 First and Second World War model aircraft, plus a range of family activities.
Advance tickets are no longer available, but you can buy tickets at the door on either day at the relatively modest price of £34.50 for 16-59-year-olds, £27 for over 60s and £18.15 for children over 4 years of age. A range of extras are available if you’re feeling flush too. Visit www.fighter-collection.com for more details about the show.