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Exciting new flying displays have just been announced for the Duxford Air Festival at IWM Duxford (May Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May).
Thunderous contemporary jets, powerful military helicopters and dynamic parachute displays offer exhilarating aerial excitement for all the family.
Thrilling entertainment across the museum includes activities with the Parachute Regiment Recruiting Team, the Royal Gurkha Rifles, and living history groups representing First World War aviators and Second World War United States Army Air Forces pilots and ground crew.
Visitors can experience the award-winning exhibitions at IWM Duxford as entrance to the whole museum - including AirSpace, the newly redeveloped American Air Museum and the Battle of Britain exhibition - is included in the in the price of the air show ticket.
The Duxford Air Festival commemorates the centenary of IWM Duxford this year.Work began to build Duxford's airfield in 1917 during the First World War and it became pivotal to the air defence of Great Britain.
Just announced flying participation for the Duxford Air Festival includes:
• BAE Systems Eurofighter Typhoon, the world's most advanced fighter aircraft.
• AgustaWestland Apache, a state-of-the-art attack helicopter designed to hunt and destroy tanks.
• The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team (Saturday only) performing a thrilling freefall display including advance manoeuvres at speeds of up to 120 mph.
• de Havilland DH88 Comet which won the 1934 England to Australia Air Race in 70 hours and 34 minutes. The Comet is accompanied by two Percival Mew Gulls (one original and one replica). The Mew Gull held the world record for the fastest return journey in its class from England to Cape Town for over 70 years. Completing the de Havilland collection are a de Havilland DH90 Dragonfly and a de Havilland Dragon Rapide.
• B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B, the last remaining airworthy B-17 bomber in Europe.
• Consolidated PBY Catalina G-PBYA operated by Plane Sailing.
Also flying at the Duxford Air Festival are:
• The Breitling Wingwalkers, the world's only aerobatic formation wing-walking team.
• The Blades, a world-class aerobatic display team of RAF fast jet and former Red Arrows pilots.
• The only flying de Havilland Sea Vixen in the world. An iconic aircraft of the Cold War in the 1960s and 1970s, the Sea Vixen is a formidably powerful aircraft that stimulates all the senses.
• The spectacle of the GreatWar Display Team with nine replica First World War aircraft including a Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c; three Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a aircraft; two Fokker DR1 triplanes and two Junkers CL1 aircraft, accompanied by flak, bombing and strafing effects.
• The aerial artistry of the Calidus Autogyro, an exhilarating, fun and thrilling close-up flying display.
• The 1960s Rolls Royce Viper jet power of the BAC Strikemaster pair.
• The North American OV-10 Bronco which wowed the crowds at The American Air Show in May 2016. The Bronco is a light attack observation aircraft. It was developed in the 1960s as a special aircraft for counter-insurgency (COIN) operations and was used by the American forces during the Vietnam War.
• A Noorduyn Norseman, a 1940s Canadian-built bush plane designed to operate on land, water
and ice. It was a Norsemen in which Major Glenn Miller was flying as a passenger when he
disappeared over the English Channel on 15 December 1944.