Our participation acts for Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2019 (Updated 18 July 2019).

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the film Battle of Britain, our flying line-up will celebrate the role Duxford has played in making movie history. Expect a lot more 'star' announcements over the Summer!

Choose from Standard tickets with great value Early Bird savings, take the train with Greater Anglia and enjoy a combined rail fare, event ticket and Flightline Walk offer, or browse our Special Experience packages for an extra special day out.

  • Yak 9
    Emiliano Del Buono
    Yakolev Yak 9 HB-RYA

    The Yak 9 was a Soviet fighter during the Second World War.

     

    Fast and agile at low level, it's performance was comparable to the Spitfire Mk.IX, Focke-Wulf 19OA and Bf109.

  • Yak 3 Will Greenwood
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    Yakolev Yak 3 G-OLEG

    A Second World War Soviet fighter developed from the Yak-1.

     

    First flow in 1943 it proved to be a very capable dogfighter with outstanding maneuverability and high rate of climb. 

  • The Dakota passes overhead during her display with a friendly wave from the Air-Loadmaster in the doorway.
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    Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

    Douglas C-47 Dakota ZA947

    Supermarine Spitfire

    Hawker Hurricane

  • B-17G Flying Fortress Sally B at Duxford Air Shows
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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.

     

    On screen the aircraft is most famous as Memphis Belle in the 1990 blockbuster and still bares the famous nose art.

  • Great War Display Team at Duxford Air Shows
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    Bremont Great War Display Team

    Expect mid-air theatre and dynamic display flying, including explosive Pyrotechnics, as we are transported back to the early days of aerial warfare.

     

    The team have been used in the filming of Flyboys (2006) and most recently Wonder Woman (2017).

  • P-51D Mustang Hangar 11
    John Dibbs
    North American P-51D Mustang 44-72035

    Almost totally original as built in 1944, an original "Tuskegee" fighter, 44-72035 is a rare and special P-51 Mustang.

     

    She still carries evidence of her battle scars with repairs just behind the pilot’s position on both sides of the fuselage, and puncture repairs to the fin.

  • Hurricane XII at Duxford Air Shows
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    Hawker Hurricane Mk XIIa 5711

    The Hurricane was the RAF's first monoplane fighter, going into service with the Royal Air Force.

     

    5711 stared in the films Pearl Harbour (2001) and Squadron 303 (2018).

     

  • Hawker Fury at Duxford Air Shows
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    Hawker Fury K5674

    The Hawker Fury is widely regarded as the epitome of biplane fighter development and arguably the most beautiful biplane ever created.

  • Mig 15 UTI at Duxford Air Shows
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    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15UTI “RED 18”

    This aircraft is a Polish-built SB Lim-2 (MiG-15UTI), produced by WSK-Mielec in 1952.

     

    The aircraft is operated by the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron as a representative of the Cold War ‘enemy’.

  • North American NA-64 Yale G-BYNF

    Built as an advanced trainer and used by the Armée de l'Air and Royal Canadian Air Force.

     

    The first feature length Hollywood production filmed entirely in Canada, Captains of the Clouds (1942) featured Yale aircraft.

  • Canadair T-33 Silver Star 133599

    The T-33 entered service in the Royal Canadian Air Force as its primary training aircraft for fighter/interceptors.

     

    The RCAF named it the "Silver Star" in honour of Canada's first flight of a heavier-than-air craft, the AEA Silver Dart.

  • Vultee BT-13 Valiant N313BT

    Nicknamed Vultee Vibrator by student pilots who flew it, the Valiant was used as a primary trainer during the Second World War.

The Spitfires

N3200 Dunkirk film interview set
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The Spitfires

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia N3200

The film Dunkirk held its world premiere in Leicester Square almost two years ago, on 13 July 2017. Hailed by critics as one of director Christopher Nolan's best works, many argue Dunkirk belongs in the pantheon of the great war films. In particular the incredible flying scenes captured cinema-goers imaginations across the globe.

[SPOILER ALERT] Did you know one of the most iconic scenes in the film, when Spitfire pilot Farrier, played by Tom Hardy, crash-lands on the beach and is captured by German soldiers – mirrors a true story?

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Stephenson flew from RAF Duxford and as part of Operation Dynamo, Stephenson piloted his Spitfire Mk.I across the channel.
After a dogfight, Stephenson was shot down. He crash-landed on a beach at Sangatte, near Calais. 

While this is where the story ends in the film, Stephenson's continues. He was immediately captured and became a prisoner of war until 1945. He spent a period of his imprisonment in Colditz Castle. Here he was part of a team who built their own glider in an attempt to escape.

Meanwhile, the Spitfire he had been flying sunk into the sand. It was only 46 years later that strong currents unveiled the wreckage. After restoration the sunken Spitfire returned to the air in 2014.  Spitfire N3200 will be flying as one of the stars of Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show.

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  • Spitfire PR.XI Hangar 11
    John Dibbs
    Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk.XI PL965

    This rare and original aircraft carried out 40 missions over occupied Europe with 16 squadron RAF, during 1944-1945.

  • Spitfire HF IX Boultbee
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    Supermarine Spitfire HF Mk.IX RR232

    Known as the 'City of Exeter', Spitfire RR232 flies from the same airfield as it did 75 years ago, Goodwood Aerodrome (RAF Westhampnett).

     

  • Spitfire Vb at Duxford Air Shows
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    Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb BM597

    Spitfire Vb, BM597 was used to make the master moulds for the fibreglass Spitfires and stared in the films Battle of Britain (1969) and Pearl Harbour (2001).