VE Day Anniversary Air Show
Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 May 2015
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The VE Day Anniversary Air Show pays tribute to the people who endured the Second World War.
Our flying display shows how the Second World War was won in the air. Accompanied by music, speeches and veterans’ memories, flying aircraft show Britain preparing for war, the vital victory in the Battle of Britain, the bombing campaign, flying with the armies and navies, and why Victory in Europe didn’t end the Second World War.
In a poignant spectacle commemorating the 70th anniversary of VE Day and its own 70th anniversary, B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B will lead a VE Day anniversary salute, accompanied by a Skytrain, Catalina, Beech 18, Mustangs and Warhawk.
Immerse yourself in a 1940s atmosphere as we recreate a VE Day street party in the historic heart of IWM Duxford, complete with bunting and picnic benches. Sing along to the wartime music and songs performed on our Second World War stage.
Living history groups give a glimpse into life on the Home Front, including wartime weddings, the Home Guard, the Womens’ Auxiliary Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces.
Experience the era when 'Beauty was Duty' with1940s hair and make-up demonstrations.
For details of the aircraft taking part, take a look at the flying participation list. All flying is subject to weather and serviceability.
IWM Duxford will be open from 8am to 6pm. The flying display will start at 2pm and finish at approximately 5.30pm, leaving plenty of time in the morning to explore the whole of the museum. You can also enjoy a great shopping experience at our trade stands, treat yourself to a pleasure flight and take part in other activities across the museum.