Friday 26 July 2024

10am to 6pm

IWM Duxford

CB22 4QR. Free shuttle buses do not run on Flying Days. Parking permits are not required.

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On the ground, in the air, and even in the clothes you wear! Step back into summer 1940 at the Battle of Britain Air Show and see historic Duxford come to life. 

About Flying Days at IWM Duxford

Flying Day scene with visitors enjoying their surroundings
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Tickets include entry to our museum, hangars and exhibitions, special activities, plus a special themed aerial display providing an afternoon of over an hour of scheduled flying. 

Although all flying is subject to weather and serviceability on the day, Flying Days provide a great day out at IWM Duxford, whatever the weather may bring.

Tickets and prices

All tickets are no longer available for this event

 

Tickets are advance booking only

  • All bookings are powered by See tickets. No booking fees apply.
  • Your ticket price includes the flying display and entry to IWM Duxford.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.

IWM members

  • IWM members go free but tickets must be pre-booked in advance.
  • One free adult member ticket is valid per membership card.
  • * For 1 Adult Family and 2 Adult Family IWM members, up to 6 children go free with a valid membership card.
  • Please see our terms and conditions before booking member tickets.
  • IWM members receive 10% off of merchandise.
Standard IWM adult members IWM family members*

Adults (aged 16+)

Pre-booking is essential.

£35 Free Free

Children aged 5 to 15 years

Please add a child ticket to your booking for every child in your party.

£17.50 £17.50 Free

Personal Assistant

Visitors with a disability can bring one personal assistant free of charge.

Free Free Free

Children aged 4 or under

Please add a child ticket to your booking for every child in your party.

Free Free Free

Become a member

Enjoy year round free entry to IWM Duxford, Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast. Plus, a 10% discount on Duxford Air Show tickets, free entry to Flying Days and much more!

Expect to see

Spitfire taxing at IWM Duxford
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI

Spitfire RW382 appears in the markings of a Spitfire Mk.IX flown by American Lt. Robert Connor of 309th Fighter Squadron, USAAF.
Spitfire Mk Ia ready for take-off at Duxford Air Shows
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia

Once the personal aircraft of RAF fighter ace Ginger Lacey, Spitfire Mk.Ia AR213 today represents a Mk.IIa of No. 71 Eagle Squadron.
B-17 Sally B over Duxford
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Boeing 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-47D in flight
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Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

The American Thunderbolt was one of the largest single-engine fighters of the Second World War. Thunderbolts flew from RAF Duxford with the 78th Fighter Group.
Catalina overhead, in flight
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Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina

The huge Catalina is set to grace the skies, representing a wartime OA-10A of the 8th AF, 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron at Halesworth, Suffolk.
Curtiss P-36C Hawk taking off
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Curtiss P-36 Hawk

P-36 Hawks were one of the first all-metal monoplanes used by the United States Army Air Force, leading to the development of the Warhawk.
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.
Wildcat taking off
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Grumman Wildcat FM2

The tiny Wildcat flew for all active U.S Navy fighter squadrons in the Pacific during the Second World War as well as the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm. The FM2 became the ultimate version of the Wildcat, a collaboration between Grumman and Eastern Aircraft to operate from escort carriers.
Lockheed 12A in flight at Duxford Air Shows
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Lockheed 12A

This unique Lockheed 12 Electra provided invaluable reconnaissance over German territory during the outbreak of the Second World War, gathering -in secret- photographs of what was happening on the ground in Europe.
Three L4's flying in formation
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Piper L4 Grasshopper

Liaison aircraft for the USAAF during the Second World War, Grasshoppers were flown on D-Day to spot ground targets for the US Navy invasion fleet off the coast of Normandy.

Flying List additions:

ERCO Ercoupe: Championing simplicity and safety by design, the original American ERCO (Engineering and Research Corporation) Ercoupe was easy to fly and sold as 'the world's safest aircraft' in the 1930s. Production licenses were undertaken by several aviation manufacturers, extending the types use until the late 60s.

Cessna 170B: American manufacturer Cessna have designed some of the world's most popular general aviation aircraft. The model 170 is one of Cessna's many successful light aircraft.

Boeing-Stearman model 75: The 'Stearman' was a primary training aircraft used by the USAF and US Navy during the Second World War. Many are still flying today across the world, maintained by private owners.

Flying list updated 17/7/2024.

Special activities

  • East Anglian Regiment museum entrance
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    Royal Anglian Regiment Museum

    Showcasing equipment used during the war from uniforms to foods that were rationed and fun activities for all ages.

  • Visitors entering a DAS Airliner
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    Duxford Aviation Society: The British Airliner Collection

    Climb aboard the commercial airliners from 10am to 4pm. 

    Child £3,  Adult £6,  Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £12.

    A Boarding pass covers all airliners except the Queens Flight BAe146.

    Tickets for the Queens Flight BAe 146 are £3 per person. 

    Only limited spaces and time slots available. 

    You can also meet with Duxford Aviation Society volunteers and visit the society shop.

  • Concorde at IWM Duxford
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    Duxford Aviation Society: Concorde Nose Droop

    Join Duxford Aviation Society volunteers for a special live demonstration to showcase the droop of the famous Concorde nose.

    Activity takes place at 12 noon in Airspace. Concorde opening times: 10am to 4pm.

  • Guests with P-51D Mustang
    © Aircraft Restoration Company

    Meet the team: Aircraft Restoration Company & Aerial Collective

    Meet the Aerial Collective team, the in-house warbird flight experience provider of the Aircraft Restoration Co. Get up close to iconic vintage aircraft from their stable and browse a range of new merchandise.

  • Visitors at Duxford Air Shows
    © IWM

    Discover D-Day

    Discover a display of 101st Airborne Paratrooper artefacts that relate to D-Day and the weeks following operations in Normandy.

  • Fokker DR1
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    Static Aircraft: First World War private collection

    Meet a private owner showcasing their First World War replica aircraft and find out more about their collection.

  • IWM Volunteering graphic
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    IWM Insight Talks

    Listen to IWM’s new Volunteer ‘Insight Talks’, delivered by IWM volunteers about various historic topics. You can also chat with our teams about their personal volunteering journey and learn more about the exciting new volunteer roles you can get involved with.

  • US living history group pose with their artefacts on display at IWM Duxford
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    U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) Aviation Armorers & Mechanics Display

    Using practical demonstrations and period artifacts, the group portray the work of the Armorers, Mechanics, and Ground Crew, found at any USAAF Fighter or Bomber Airfield in England, during the Second World War.

    Supported by Sweatin Out the Mission.

  • Sweatin’ Out The Mission Living History Group

    Sweatin’ Out the Mission

    A group dedicated to showcasing both male and female personnel of the U.S. Army Air Forces who served in the European Theatre of Operations, in the air and on the ground, during World War II.

  • Mobile Air Traffic Controller Truck

    Mobile Air Traffic Controller truck

    Investigate a static air traffic controller truck, meet staff on hand to show you how it is used for airfield operations.

  • F-15E takeoff at RAF Lakenheath
    USAAFE

    492nd Squadron, RAF Lakenheath

    Meet members of the 492nd Squadron, based at RAF Lakenheath.

  • U.S. Air Force engagement teams

    Meet serving military personnel from RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall, Located outside of the American Air Museum,

    Learn of their roles in the military and get up close to one of their fire trucks and various equipment used today.

  • B-17G built model kit

    Model aircraft display | private collectors

    Inside our American Air Museum, private collectors will be showcasing various American and Duxford based warbird models including B-17 and B-24 bombers. 

Support us

IWMD Spitfire XIV coin 2024

Exclusive merchandise is available to add to your ticket purchase when securing your place at Flying Days: The Americans.

Including the new Spitfire coin, featuring the Spitfire MK XIV blueprint from IWM's collections, a must-have collectible for aviation enthusiasts. 

As a charity, your purchases support the work we do.

Enjoy IWM Duxford

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“Visit Imperial War Museum Duxford for a huge day out. See historic aircraft take to the skies from the airfield where Spitfires first flew. Get up close to gigantic aircraft and uncover hundreds of personal stories. Walk in the footsteps of the men and women who served and discover how Duxford protected Britain's skies during the Second World War. IWM Duxford, plan your visit today.”

Explore IWM Duxford as part of your ticket price - the historic airfield that played a central role in some of the most dramatic days in 20th century history - serving as a base for many of the Spitfire and Hurricane pilots during the Second World War. 

Inside every hangar and exhibition - and outside them too - there are hundreds of large aircraft, vehicles, boats and more. Walk around them, inside them, above and below them and get the chance to see aircraft take off from our historic runway. 

General Event Information

Flying List

  • Flying acts will be published here, subject to weather and serviceability on the day.
  • Listen out for announcements on the day for the most up-to-date flying schedule and timings.

Your tickets

Travelling to Flying Days

  • IWM Duxford is just south of Cambridge at Junction 10 of the M11 motorway, less than 50 miles from central London and approximately 40 minutes from the M25 (Junction 27). Via the M11, IWM Duxford is easily accessible from the A1, A14, M1 and the North.
  • Parking permits are not required for this event. 
  • Shuttle buses from Cambridge train station do not run on Flying Days.