Honouring D-Day and more

The D-Day landings, also known as Operation Overlord, was one of the most decisive military campaigns of the Second World War, which saw 156,000 Allied troops arrive in Normandy on 6 June 1944, for a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France. The special Duxford Summer Air Show: D-Day 80 will pay tribute to this momentous anniversary by welcoming nine historic Dakotas – the aircraft synonymous with the D-Day landings – to the skies of Duxford for a series of dramatic flypasts over the weekend and a mass historic parachute jump over the historic airfield on Saturday 1 June. 

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  • Saturday 1 June

    On Saturday only, a series of air displays and a mass jump of over 100 parachutists will take place from a fleet of Second World War era Dakotas over the historic Duxford airfield.

  • Sunday 2 June

    On Sunday, the Dakotas will fly from RAF North Weald in a grand parade over Duxford as they make their way over to Cherbourg to continue the historic commemorations. 

About The D-Day Squadron

Three C-47s flying over the coast
© Mike Killian

To mark the 80th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the world-famous D-Day Squadron will return to the skies of historic Duxford, following the sell-out Daks Over Duxford event in 2019 for the historic D-Day 75 commemorations. 

The formation will include seven Dakotas from the D-Day Squadron (DDS). The participating DDS aircraft are expected to include 7 Douglas DC-3s and C-47s from the USA and Europe.

About Aero Legends

Dakota Aero Legends parked
© Aero Legends

Joining the D-Day Squadron will be two UK based C-47 Skytrains from IWM partners, Aero Legends.

Aero Legends will be hosting the DDS fleet on the ground at their base at RAF North Weald before our displays (both days) and mass parachute drop (Saturday only) takes place over historic RAF Duxford.

There may be differences between the published schedule for Saturday and Sunday.  Please read the listing carefully when choosing your booking. All flying is subject to weather and serviceability on the day. 

Flying List

P-38 Lightning of The Flying Bulls parked with mountains behind
©The Flying Bulls
Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Designed by the renowned aviation engineer Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, the unique looking P-38 fighter was faster than any American aircraft the preceded it. It is the only Lightning in Europe, owned and operated by The Flying Bulls.
B-25 Mitchell in flight
©The Flying Bulls
North American B-25J Mitchell
An American aircraft type famed for the “Doolittle Raid” and providing inspiration behind the novel Catch-22. British B-25 medium bombers took part in Operation Overlord and in the Allied advance into Occupied Europe.
The Flying Bulls DC-6 aircfraft in flight
©The Flying Bulls
The sheer size and unmistakable 1950s look of the American built DC-6 is impressive. Built in 1958, this famous transporter aircraft was used to chauffeur heads of state and their celebrity guests all over the world.
F-86 Sabre in flight
Mistral Warbirds
Canadair Sabre Mk.6
The Sabre is an early American jet fighter, famous for combat against the MiG-15 during the Korean War. This Sabre was built for the German Luftwaffe and is now the only flying F-86 (CL-16) Sabre outside of the USA.
Two AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers in flight
AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers
The world’s only aerobatic formation wingwalking team are back with a performance celebrating their 40th year of dancing in the skies!
Team Raven flying in formation
Team Raven
Team Raven is a formation aerobatic display team flying one of the most popular modern self-build aircraft, the Vans RV8.
Jet Pitts taking off at Duxford Air Shows
Jet Pitts Muscle Biplane
Rich Goodwin is passionate about building, developing, and displaying his Jet Pitts Muscle Biplane. You have never seen anything quite like this, his flying skill is not to be missed!
Team Titan aircraft in flight
©Team Titan
The Titans
The Titans will fly a unique pair of dissimilar aircraft, themed in the Titan Airways paint scheme, displaying their exhilarating world of aerobatics, precision flying and daring aerial manoeuvres.

The Flying Comrades:

Introducing The Flying Comrades, a team of Duxford based pilots with Duxford Summer Air Show special guest Peter Kuypers, captain of the famous B-17 'Sally B'. The team are flying classic Soviet Yakovlev training aircraft, the Yak-50/52 and Yak-18T. Expect exciting aerobatics and close formation flying.

A great day out whatever the weather!

Although most showground entertainment and all flying takes place outdoors, your ticket purchase includes entry to IWM Duxford’s museum, hangars and static collections. However, we do strongly advise you to come prepared for all weather conditions to ensure you can enjoy your day at IWM Duxford, whatever the weather may bring! 


Duxford Summer Air Show, view from above

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