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Duxford Airshows 2022

Duxford 2022 Airshows

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Duxford in Cambridgeshire is a very popular venue for warbird enthusiasts. There is an extensive museum which is free to look around when attending a Duxford Airshow and includes many WWII examples.

Duxford is home to the Imperial War Museum Collection (IWM), The Fighter Collection (TFC), The Old Flying Machine Company (OFMC), The Aircraft Restoration Company (ARC), Historic Aircraft Collection (HAC), B-17 Preservation Society etc. The airfield itself is an historic site dating back to 1918. In the second world war it was home to the first operational Spitfire squadron. Duxford's fighters were frequently scrambled against the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain.

Duxford has several Airshows and Flying Days during the season and if you like warbirds then Duxford is the place to visit.

Duxford 2022 Airshows:

18-19 June - Duxford Summer Air Show 2022
10-11 Sept - Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2022

Duxford Special Events 2022:

27 Aug - Duxford Flying Evening 2022
08 Oct - Duxford Flying Finale 2022

Duxford Flying Days 2022:

07 May - Flying Days: VE Day
08 May - *Flying Days: Model Aircraft
05 Jun - Flying Days: Commemorating D-Day
23 Jul - Flying Days: The Americans
01 Aug - Flying Days: Young Aviators
09 Oct - *Flying Days: 100 Years of Model Aircraft

* RC Model Aircraft Calendar.

2022 Duxford Airshows:

Duxford Summer Air Show - 18-19 June 2022

Participating Aircraft:
Red Arrows Flypast (Sat) - 3.10pm
BBMF Lancaster (Sat)
RAF Falcons Parachute Team
RAF Tutor
Black Cats Helicopter Display Team
DH Vampire FB.5 - NAFHS
MiG-15 - NAFHS
Strikemaster Pair
Spitfire PR.XI (NHS Spitfire)
T-6 Harvard Pair
B-17G Flying Fortress 'Sally B'
TF-51D Mustang 'Contrary Mary'
P-47D Thunderbolt
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers
The Blades
Muscle Biplane
Bremont Great War Display Team
Stichting Fokker Four
Gyro Air Displays (RotorSport Calidus)
Team Raven

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show - 10-11 September 2022

Participating Aircraft:
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia (G-CFGJ)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vb (G-MKVB)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc (G-IBSY)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VIII (G-BKMI)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.T9 (G-LFIX)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX (G-AVDJ)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX (G-PTIX)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IXb (G-ASJV)
Supermarine Spitfire PR.XI (The NHS Spitfire) (G-PRXI)
Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk.XIV (G-SPIT)
Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe (G-BKSP)
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I (G-HITT)
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I (G-HRLI)
Hawker Hurricane Mk.I (G-HUPW)
Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIb 'Pegs' (G-HHII)
Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIa (G-HURI)
Hispano HA-112 M1L Buchon (G-AWHH)
Hispano HA-112 M1L Buchon (G-AWHE)
Yakovlev Yak-3UTI (F-AZIM) 17
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 'Sally B' (G-BEDF)
Westland Lysander Mk.III (G-CCOM)
P-51D Mustang 'Miss Helen' (G-BIXL)
F8F-2P Bearcat (G-RUMM)
Grumman FM2 Wildcat (G-RUMW)
Curtiss Hawk 75 (G-CCVH)
Hawker Nimrod Mk.I (G-BWWK)
Goodyear Corsair FG-1D (G-FGID)

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show Review 2021.

Duxford Special Events:
Duxford Flying Evening - 27 August 2022

Participating Aircraft:
To be announced...

Duxford Flying Finale 2022 - 08 October 2022

Participating Aircraft:
Patrouille Suisse TBC

Press Releases:

IWM Duxford
IWM Duxford announces bumper 2022 flying season featuring two Air Shows, six Flying Days and two special events...

Duxford Flying Days & Maps

Flying Days are free to IWM members. Click here for information on becoming a member.

Duxford Flying Days:

07 May 2022 - Flying Days: VE Day
Spitfire Mk.Vb - TFC
Corsair FG-1D - TFC
TF-51D Mustang 'Contrary Mary'
HA-112 Buchon - Air Leasing
Spitfire Mk.Vb - HAC
Hurricane Mk.XIIa - HAC
PBY-5A Catalina - Plane Sailing
Yak-18T & Yak 52 Pair
LeVier Cosmic Wind
Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann
Hawker Nimrod I

08 May 2022 - Flying Days: Model Aircraft
Model Aircraft

05 Jun 2022 - Flying Days: Commemorating D-Day
Grumman Wildcat - TFC
TF-51D Mustang 'Contrary Mary'
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
de Havilland Dragon Rapide DH89
Spitfire Mk.XIV - Air Leasing
Hispano Buchon HA-1112 - ARC
Hispano Buchon HA-1112 - Air Leasing
PBY-5A Catalina - Plane Sailing
Piper L4 'Grasshopper'

23 Jul 2022 - Flying Days: The Americans
TF-51D Mustang 'Contrary Mary'
P-51D Mustang 'Miss Helen'
P-40F Warhawk - TFC
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
Spitfire PR.XI NHS
B-17G Flying Fortress Sally B
Spitfire Mk.XVI
Piper L4 'Grasshopper'

01 Aug 2022 - Flying Days: Young Aviators
Slingsby T67 Firefly
Turbulent Team
LeVier Cosmic Wind
Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann

09 Oct 2022 - Flying Days: 100 Years of Model Aircraft
Model Aircraft

IWM Duxford Maps:

Duxford Accommodation:

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Duxford Airshow.

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P-51D Mustang - Duxford Airshow.

Bristol Blenheim - Duxford Airshow.

Duxford Information & Links

About Duxford:
Duxford History
Duxford Dates
Duxford Participating Aircraft

Google Map
County: Cambridgeshire
Satnav Postcode: CB22 4QR (new)
Satnav Postcode: CB2 4QR (old)

Travel Information:
AA Route Finder
RAC Route Finder
National Rail
National Express

Premier Inn
Camping - Gayton Farm

Weather Forecast:
General UK weather forecast
Local weather Met Office
Local weather BBC

Duxford Photographs:
Review (2021 Oct)
Review (2021 Sept)
Photographs (2021 June)
Review (2021 May)
Photographs (2020 Oct)
Review (2019 Sept)
Review (2019 Legends)
Review (2019 May)
Review (2018 Sept)
Review (2018 Legends)
Review (2018 May)
Review (2017 Sept)
Review (2017 Legends)
Review (2017 May)
Review (2016 Sept)
Photographs (2015 Sept)
Review (2014 Sept)
Photographs (2014 Sept)
Photographs (2014 Spring)
Photographs (2014 Spring)
Photographs (2013 Autumn)
Photographs (2013 Sept)
Review (2013 Legends)
Photographs (2013 Spring)
Photographs (2012 Autumn)
Photographs (2012 Sept)
Review (2012 Legends)
Photographs (2012 May)
Photographs (2011 Sept)
Review (2011 Legends)
Photographs (2011 Spring)
Photographs (2010 Autumn)
Review (2010 Legends)
Photographs (2010 Legends)
Review (2010 Spring)
Photographs (2009 Autumn)
Review (2009 Sept)
Review (2009 Legends)
Photographs (2009 Spring)
Photographs (2008 Oct)
Photographs (2008 Sept)
Photographs (2008 Legends)
Photographs (2008 Spring)
Photographs (2007 Sept)
Photographs (2007 Legends)
Photographs (2007 Spring)
Photographs (2006 Spitfire)
Photographs (2006 Legends)
Photographs (2006 Airspace)
Photographs (2005 Legends)
Photographs (2004 Airshow)
Photographs (2003 Legends)
Photographs (2002 Legends)
Photographs (2001 Airshows)

General Information:
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Official Website & Links:
IWM Duxford
Duxford Facebook
Duxford Twitter
The Fighter Collection
The Fighter Collection Facebook
Aircraft Restoration Company
B-17 Preservation
Air Leasing Ltd

Imperial War Museum Duxford

UK Airshows (England):
Shuttleworth Airshows
Duxford Airshows
Flying Legends Airshow
Royal International Air Tattoo
Farnborough International Airshow
RAF Cosford Airshow
Royal Navy International Air Day
Abingdon Air & Country Show
Midlands Air Festival
Little Gransden Airshow
Airbourne (Eastbourne) Airshow
Southport Airshow
Clacton Airshow
Bournemouth Air Festival
Sunderland Airshow
Weston Air Festival
Blackpool Airshow
English Riviera Airshow
Teignmouth Airshow
Teesside Airshow
Headcorn Battle of Britain
Old Buckenham Airshow
East Kirkby Airshow
UK Airshows (Wales):
Wales National Air Show
Rhyl Air Show
UK Airshows (Scotland):
Scotland's National Airshow (East Fortune)
UK Airshows (Northern Ireland):
International Causeway Airshow
UK Airshows (Channel Islands):
Jersey International Air Display
Guernsey Air Display
Flypasts/Events 2022:
Queen's Platinum Jubilee Flypast 2022

Duxford History
A military air station was constructed at Duxford during the First World War as a result of the expansion of the Royal Flying Corps and the need to train more airmen. In 1918 trainee American aircrew used Duxford. Following this, squadrons of the newly formed Royal Air Force, used Duxford as a home base. After the First World War, it served as a base for flight research. In 1920, it was home for 2 Flying Training School with the Avro 504, Bristol F2B fighter and DH9A, and later Sopwith Snipes. Later 2 Flying Training School moved to Leicestershire and RAF Duxford became a fighter aircraft station operating the Sopwith Snipe. Up until 1937, Duxford operated a succesion of fighters including the Gloster Grebe, Armstrong Whitworth Siskin, Bristol Bulldog, and the Gloster Gauntlet.

In the summer of 1938, it saw the first example of the Supermarine Spitfire (serial K9792). This aircraft was entrusted to 19 Squadron, which went down in history as the first operational Spitfire Squadron. At the start of the Second World War, Duxford was home to other Spitfire Squadrons and a Blenheim Mk IF Squadron which operated in the fighter role and commanded by Flight Lieutenant Douglas Bader. Bader had already served at Duxford before as a ground based Flying Officer following his accident in which he lost both legs and he had also served as a 19 Squadron pilot in 1939. In 1940, the Blenheims were exchanged for Spitfires and a Squadron of Boulton Paul Defiant single-engined turreted fighters moved here for a short stay.

During the Battle of Britain, Duxford saw a lot of activity even though it was some way to the north of the main scene of action. Its aircraft were frequently scrambled against the Luftwaffe.

Hurricanes also arrived at Duxford during 1940 under the command of Douglas Bader. Later Bader took command of three squadrons which formed a wing. Other squadrons were added to the wing to form the controversial 'Big Wing' which was pioneered by Bader.

At the end of 1940, Duxford saw the arrival of the Air Fighting Development Unit which was to evaluate new aircraft and tactical developments. The AFDU tested many aircraft such as the Martin Maryland, N.A. Mitchell, Martin Marauder, Lockheed Ventura, and Handley Page Halifax bomber. The AFDU also tested captured German aircraft such as the Heinkel He III bomber, Messershmitt Bf 109 and Bf 110 and compared them to allied types. In 1941, a Hawker Typhoon wing was present at Duxford. The Bell Airacobra and Lockheed P-38 Lightning were also tested at Duxford.

In April 1943, Duxford was handed over to the United States Eigth Air Force and all British units were removed. The Americans called Duxford Base 357 and operated large numbers of Republic P-47 Thunderbolts which were to escort the American bomber raids to Germany and France. In 1944 the Thunderbolts were replaced by P-51 Mustangs. The Americans also laid a metal runway using Universal Pierced Steel Planking or PSP. In 1945, the Americans left and Duxford was handed back to the RAF which now operated the Spitfire MkIX and later the Mk XXIs.

In 1947, Duxford was home to its first Jet aircraft, the Meteor III which was flown using the old PSP runway but in 1951 a new concrete runway was built. Later Duxford operated the Meteor F8 and night fighter meteors. In 1952, the Hawker Hunter arrived and in 1958, Gloster Javelins replaced the Meteors. The last operational RAF flight from Duxford was in 1961 as Duxford didnt have the facilities to accept the new BAC Lightning fighter and was geographically located too far from the North-East coast which was where the new percieved threat was most likely to come from.

Duxford was later to be used for the Film ' Battle of Britain' with aerial photography involving Spitfires, Hurricanes, and ex-Spanish Air Force aircraft such as the Messerschmitt 109, Heinkel He III and Junkers 52. Aircraft were located and restored to flying condition. This laid the foundation for the present warbird preservation movement in the UK.

In 1969, the RAF decided to dispose of Duxford and at the same time the Imperial War Museum was looking for a location to display its collection of aircraft. With the newly formed East Anglian Aviation Society a hangar was prepared for the arrival of aircraft and exhibits. The first public air display was held in October 1973 and larger and more popular air shows have been held there ever since.

Today the administration and operation of Duxford is shared by several organisations. In addition to the Imperial War Museum and Cambridgeshire County Council, the Duxford Aviation Society (DAS) plays an important role in many practical ways through the efforts of its volunteer membership. Duxford is also home to many private aircraft collections such as The Fighter Collection (TFC), the Old Flying Machine Company (OFMC), and The Aircraft Restoration Company etc.

On the 25th August 2020 it was announced that the 'Flying Legends' air show, which is run by 'The Fighter Collection' (TFC), will no longer be taking place at Duxford. The 2020 show was cancelled due to the Coronavirus and the last 'Flying Legends' airshow to take place at Duxford was in 2019, a review can be found here.

The reason given by IWM Duxford was that due to 'financial pressures which have resulted from the coronavirus pandemic over the past few months, IWM Duxford has been required to examine all future events and consult with key partners to ensure that, as a charity, the organisation is able to maximise income and remain financially stable.' It was therefore mutually agreed that TFC would seek an alternative location to host Flying Legends, which will be confirmed at a later date. The full IWM Press release can be found here.

All Duxford Air Shows were cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) although several 'Showcase Days' went ahead that year. Air Shows returned in 2021 with the Duxford Summer Air Show on 24-25 July and the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show on 18-19 September as well as several 'Flying days' events.