Look back to our 2023 flying highlights

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show will be back on 14 and 15 September 2024. 

We will publish our 2024 flying list as soon as possible. 

In the meantime, discover what our 2023 visitors enjoyed during our 4 hour flying display.

Learn more about our full IWM Duxford Flying Season 2024 events programme today.

Formation flying

  • Spitfires and Hurricane at Duxford Air Shows
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    Spitfires and Hurricanes

    Spitfires and Hurricanes seem ever-present at Duxford but their appearance at Duxford Air Shows are special. 

    See early and late examples, each powered by famous Rolls Royce engines, at the airfield where they once flew during the Battle of Britain.

  • Avro lancaster against a blue sky
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    Famous formations

    Expect history to be made at Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show, as we bring B-17G 'Sally B' and the RAF's Avro Lancaster together for a rare formation of the most recognisable allied heavy bombers of the Second World War. 

     

    80th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic

    A pair of aircraft famed for providing aerial protection of the Atlantic Convoys, the Duxford based Catalina will be joined by a Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber for another remarkable and historic formation.

  • Spitfires at Duxford Air Shows
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    Duxford Spitfire Flypast

    We are on countdown to see just how many Spitfires will join our famous Duxford Spitfire Flypast, a spectacle never to be missed.

    Stay tuned as we update our flying list in the final week.

Spitfires, Hurricanes and more!

Step back into summer 1940 at the Battle of Britain Air Show and see historic Duxford come to life.

Expect vintage aviation that reflects the stories of those who served at RAF Duxford such as Spitfires, Hurricanes and the Lancaster bomber.

 

Flying List

The Red Arrows flying in formation
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Red Arrows

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, is one of the world's premier aerobatic display teams.
Avro lancaster against a blue sky
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Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane)

The mission of the RAF BBMF is to maintain the priceless artefacts of our national heritage in airworthy condition in order to commemorate those who have fallen in the service of this country. The RAF BBMF also serves to promote the modern day Air Force and to inspire the future generations.
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia N3200 at Duxford Air Shows
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia N3200

Spitfire N3200 is IWM's only airworthy aircraft in our collection and a veteran of the Dunkirk Campaign.
Spitfire X4650 taking of at IWM Duxford
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia X4650

A film star as part of Dunkirk (2017), Spitfire Ia, X4650 flew from Biggin Hill in 2012 following restoration.
AR213 Spitfire in flight
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia AR213

Once the personal aircraft of RAF fighter ace Ginger Lacey, Spitfire Mk.Ia AR213 today represents a Mk.IIa of No. 71 Eagle Squadron.
Spitfire BM597
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb BM597

Spitfire Mk.Vb BM597 is in the wartime markings representing Polish 317 Squadron.
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc takes off
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc JG891

Originally issued to the Royal Australian Air Force, JG891 now displays the authentic colours of a Spitfire Mk.Vc of 249 Sqn operating from Ta Qali airfield, Malta in 1943.
Spitfire Mk Vc in flight
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc EE602

Spitfire EE602 was fitted with a universal “C” wing enabling the fighter to be armed with eight machine guns, four 20mm cannons or a combination of each armament.
Spitfire Mk.VIII in flight
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VIII MV154

Mainly used overseas, the Spitfire Mk.VIII was planned to be the ultimate Merlin powered version of the fighter.
Spitfire Mk.IXb taxiing
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXb MH434

Spitfire MH434 is perhaps the most famous of all Spitfires still flying today.
Spitfire MH415 taxing
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX MH415

Spitfire MH415 has a combat history with the RAF and post-war Dutch and Belgian Air Forces.
Spitfire ML407 taxing
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Supermarine Spitfire T9 ML407

The Grace Spitfire ML407 is a D-Day veteran, credited with the first enemy aircraft shot down over the Normandy beachhead on 6th June.
LS Spitfire PV202 G-CCCA

Supermarine Spitfire T9 PV202

Spitfire PV202 has a history as a single seat fighter with the RAF during the Second World War before a second seat was added, converting it to a T9 post-war trainer for the Irish Air Corps.
LS Spitfire PT462 Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire T9 PT462

With service though out Europe late into the Second World War and Post War, Spitfire PT462 has been converted into a twin-seat version but carries the RAF squadron markings it wore in 1945.
Supermarine Spitfire PRXI NHS Spitfire at Duxford Air Shows
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Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk.XI PL983

Unarmed, Spitfire PR Mk.XI’s captured vital images of the Normandy beaches before the D-Day invasion of occupied Europe.
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIV at Duxford Air Shows
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIVe RN201

Flying for the Belgian Air Force post-War, Spitfire RN201 is now flown in colours representing the Kings Cup Air Race of 1946.
Supermarine Seafire F XVIII taxing
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Supermarine Seafire Mk.XVII

The navalised version of the Spitfire, with the ability to land on aircraft carriers of the Fleet Air Arm, Seafire Mk.XVII's were used during the Korean War.
Hurricane Mk I P3717 at Duxford Air Shows
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Hawker Hurricane Mk.I P3717

Hurricane P3717 is a Battle of Britain veteran. Originally built as a Mk.I and later converted to a Mk.II, today it is displayed in the aircraft’s original 253 Squadron markings.
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I over Duxford Airfield
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Hawker Hurricane Mk.I R4118

Built in 1940 by the Gloster Aircraft Company, R4118 flew during the Battle of Britain with eleven different pilots. Today it is displayed in its original 605 Squadron markings.
Hurricane Mk I P2902 at Duxford Air Shows
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Hawker Hurricane Mk.I P2902

After battle damage and a forced-landing on 31 May 1940, Hurricane P2902 sank into the sand remaining there until recovery and restoration, flying again for the first time in 2017. It is currently displayed in its original 245 Squadron markings.
Hurricane Mk IIb BE505 at Duxford Air Shows
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Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIb BE505

The world's only airworthy two-seat example of the famous Hurricane. Known as 'Pegs', it is named after the wife of Flight Sergeant C. Bryce Watson who flew the original aircraft.
Buchon Red11 Taxiing
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Hispano HA-112 MIL Buchón “Red 11”

The Hispano Buchón is a Rolls-Royce Merlin powered, licence built version of the Bf109 fighter, developed for the Spanish Air Force. Many of the Buchóns flying today replicate wartime Luftwaffe Messerschmitt fighters.
Buchon Bf109s at Duxford Air Shows
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Hispano HA-112 MIL Buchón “Yellow 10”

One of 17 Buchóns used in the filming of Battle of Britain (1969) at Duxford. “Yellow 10” displays the colours worn during filming.
B-17 inflight against a blue sky and white cloud
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B-17G Flying Fortress 'Sally B'

The last remaining airworthy B-17 in Europe, 'Sally B' is a testament to the efforts of those who support her and a flying memorial to the thousands of young Americans who gave their lives during the Second World War.
P-51D Miss Helen
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North American P-51D Mustang 44-72216

P-51D 'Miss Helen' wears the fighting colours of 352nd FG, 487th FS, originally flying from RAF Bodney, Norfolk.
North American P-51D Mustang parked outside a hangar at IWM Duxford
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North American P-51D Mustang 44-74391 'The Hun Hunter / Texas'

P-51D 44-74391 represents a Mustang flown by American ace, Capt. Henry W ‘Baby’ Brown of the 354th FS (355 FG), operating from RAF Steeple Morden during the Second World War.
TF-51D Mustang at Duxford Air Shows
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North American TF-51D Mustang 44-84847

44-84847 was one of the final Mustangs constructed at North American factory in Dallas and flew with the USAF in Korea and the National Air Guard. The fighter has been converted to accommodate a second seat.
P-47D Thunderbolt in flight
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Republic P-47D Thunderbolt 45-49192 'Nellie'

Expect power and tenacity from the ‘Jug’. The Thunderbolt was one of the largest single engine fighters of the Second World War.
Catalina in flight
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Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A

The huge Catalina is set to grace the skies at Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show. It represents the wartime 8th Air Force, 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron at Halesworth, Suffolk.
Fairey Swordfish taxing
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Fairey Swordfish Mk.I WS856

The Fairey Swordfish was a British Fleet Air Arm torpedo bomber. Although seemingly obsolete by design, the type was used successfully throughout the Second World War.
Avro Anson C19 taking off
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Avro Anson C19 G-AHKX

Designed for Coastal Command to fly reconnaissance and attack missions, the Anson was developed into a successful light transport and training aircraft, used across the British Empire.
Westland Lysander at Duxford Air Shows
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Westland Lysander V9312

The only British-built example of this distinctive Lysander in airworthy condition, and one of just a pair still flying in the UK.
Lysander taking off
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Westland Lysander Mk.III SD V9552

The Lysander III S.D. (Special Duties) was used by No. 161 RAF Squadron on clandestine night flying operations that involved dropping spies in occupied Europe.
 Seafury G- CBEL in flight
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Hawker Fury FB.II, SR661

The Fury was one of the fastest piston-engine aircraft ever built, at a time when jets were being used by air forces across the world.
Gloster Gladiator at Duxford Air Shows
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Gloster Gladiator Mk.I L8032

In the markings of 73 Squadron RAF, this Gladiator Mk.I represents the aircraft flown by the Second World War ace ‘Cobber’ Kain at the 1937 Hendon Air Pageant.
Gloster Gladiator in flight
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Gloster Gladiator Mk.II N5903

The Gloster Gladiator was the last biplane fighter used by the RAF.
Hawker Nimrod I owned by The Fighter Collection
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Hawker Nimrod Mk.I S1581

A biplane fighter, built in early 1930s for the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. There are only two remaining in the world, both at IWM Duxford.
Curtiss Hawk 75 at Duxford Air Shows
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Curtiss Hawk 75

The Hawk 75 is the French export version of the American Curtiss P-36 pursuit fighter, one of the first all-metal monoplanes used by the USAAF.
P-36 Hawk take off at Duxford Air Shows
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Curtiss P-36C 38-210

Curtiss pursuit fighters like the P-36 were one of the most produced American aircraft in the Second World War and used in all theatres of conflict.
Lockheed 12 taking off
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Lockheed 12 Electra

Having returned to flight after more than 80 years, this unique aircraft provided invaluable reconnaissance over German territory during the outbreak of the Second World War.
The Flying Comrades at Duxford Air Shows
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Yakovlev Yak-18T, Yakovlev Yak-52 (pair)

The Flying Comrades are a trio of Duxford-based display pilots who will show off close formation flying.
Fokker DR1
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Fokker DR1 and SE5A (Replicas)

Replicas showcasing aircraft of the First World War. The famous scarlet Fokker Triplane, flown by Imperial German ace Manfred von Richthofen and the SE5A, one of the fastest British single seat 'scout' fighters at the time.
DH Vampire FB.52 in Aeronautica Militare colours
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de Havilland Vampire FB.52 (FB.6)

The Vampire was the second jet-powered fighter to be flown by the RAF. This example is in the colours of the Italian Air Force as they celebrate their centenary.

Although there is plenty to do whatever the weather, Air Shows are live, outdoor events. All flying is subject to weather and serviceability.