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Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2017

Preview of the airshow at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, in September 2017

IWM Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow

23rd & 24th September 2017
Skyful of Spitfires

A Skyful of Spitfires at Duxford

Duxford's late summer air show is traditionally the 'main' airshow at the venue, with the biggest variety of displays and some spectacular formations.

As always at Duxford, the choice of aircraft will reflect the theme: this year the Battle of Britain. The full flying list is being announced in stages but we do already know that there will be a massed formation of at least 14 Spitfires, recreating what will have been a familiar sight in 1940 when Duxford was an important Second World War fighter station, and at least 5 Hurricanes will display.

The show will also feature two aircraft that were stars of Christopher Nolan's film 'Dunkirk', which details the episode of the war that resulted in the saving of 330,000 Allied soldiers from the French beaches. One is the Bristol Blenheim. Once the most numerous RAF type, this example is now the only airworthy survivor in the world. The other is the Hispano Buchón, which has been painted as wartime Messerschmitt Bf 109.

About IWM Duxford

Duxford was an airfield in the First World War and was an RAF fighter station and then an American fighter base in the second. It was the base of the first operational Spitfire squadron during WW2.

It is now home to the Imperial War Museum with aviation, tanks, military vehicles and naval exhibits as well as the Fighter Collection, The Old Flying Machine Company, The Aircraft Restoration Company, Historic Aircraft Collection, B-17 Preservation Society and others.

Aircraft
Due to fly (tap / hover over icon for more detail)
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, Dakota, Spitfire, Hurricane (both days)
Boeing B-17G 'Sally B'
Bristol Blenheim Mk 1 G-BPIV
Consolidated PBY Catalina G-PBYA
Curtiss-Wright P-36C G-CIXJ
Curtiss-Wright P40C G-CIIO
Curtiss-Wright Hawk 75A G-CCVH
Douglas C-47 Skytrain (Percival Aircraft)
de Havilland Vampires T.55 & FB.52
de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moths x9
Gloster Gladiator 'N5903' G-GLAD
Goodyear Corsair FG-1D G-FGID
Great War Display Team (up to 10 WW1 types)
Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat G-RUMM
Grumman FM-2 Wildcat G-RUMW
Hawker Fury Mk 1 'K5674'
Hawker Fury FB.11 'SR661'
Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 G-HUPW
Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 G-HITT 'P3717'
Hawker Hurricane Mk XII G-HURI
Hawker Hurricane (Air Leasing)
Hawker Nimrod Mk 1 G-BWWK
Hawker Nimrod Mk 11 (HAC)
Hispano Buchón
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15
North American P-51D Mustang 'Miss Helen'
RAF Falcons
Supermarine Seafire LF111 G-BUAR 'PP972'
Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1a G-CFGJ 'N3200'
Supermarine Spitfire LFVb EP120 G-LFVB
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb 'BM597 G-MKVB
Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1X G-LFIX 'Grace Spitfire'
Supermarine Spitfire HF Mk IX G-BRSF 'RR232'
Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1Xb G-ASJV 'MH434'
Supermarine Spitfire Tr9 G-CCCA 'PV202'
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XV111 G-BUOS 'SM845'
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XV1
Supermarine Spitfire TR.9 'SM520' (Boultbee Academy)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk X1Ve' MV293' (Air Leasing)
Yak 3UA
Additionally most of the aircraft in the flying displays will be on static display beforehand
Cancelled or withdrawn
Swordfish W5865. Unserviceable. Had been scheduled by operator but not confirmed by show.
All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints

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Entrance to the museum, interactive exhibitions and all public buildings is included in the air show ticket price.

Location

Local area

Getting to the Show

By car

Duxford is in Cambridgeshire, off Junction 10 of the M11. If you are coming from the north, a signposted alternative is to leave at Junction 11 and take the A10 to Royston, then the A505. This is a much longer route designed to split the traffic up. There is parking at the museum. The Post Code (for Sat Nav) is CB22 4QR but some systems will only recognise the older code CB2 4QR. There is a park and ride at Junction 11 of the M11 on show days. The bus is free (you have to show your show ticket) but parking isn't.

By coach

National Express have direct coach services to Cambridge. You can book seats online. Click the National Express name to go to their web site.

By Train

The easiest train station is Cambridge, which has a direct service from London. A half-hourly courtesy bus runs between the show ground and Cambridge station on show days. Otherwise take a Stagecoach service C7 or Myalls service 132.

Click here to create a pocket timetable for your journey between any stations on the National Rail network.

The variety of rail tickets and fares can be very confusing. Trainline and Raileasy web sites list all ticket and fare options for the time and day of travel you choose, but they both levy an admin fee. Click either of the blue ticket agency names to go to their web site.

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Accommodation near the show

It is best to book as far as possible in advance. This is not only because nearby hotels and guest houses tend get booked up well before the date of an airshow but also because prices can be better when you book early online.

There are plenty of booking agencies. We find that many of the well known ones are better at finding hotels from international or larger UK chains and may suggest hotels in main towns or cities quite a distance from the show site.

Between them, LateRooms and Expedia list a good selection of smaller, as well as bigger, hotels and will find accommodation in villages and small towns as well as the main centres. Expedia also give, and take, Nectar points.

Click either blue agency name for a list of hotels and guest houses near the show. The venue is already built into both links, so when the list comes up you just have to enter your dates.

Trivago will list competitive prices for a range of hotels, but they might not necessarily find them all, because some chains do not subscribe to their service. You may also get a better rate if you book direct with an hotel, especially if you are a member of a loyalty or rewards scheme.

The International Hotels Group have a Holiday Inn Express near the airshow but it sells out very quickly for airshow dates. There is another Holiday Inn Express and a Holiday Inn in Cambridge about 9 miles away and a Holiday Inn Express in Stanstead about 20 miles to the south. There are three Premier Inn hotels in Cambridge and another two within 20 miles of the show.

Weather for the show area

UK Met Office Forecast

A full 7 day Duxford weather forecast from the UK Met Office

The Met office seven-day forecast includes maximum, minimum and "feels like" temperatures, the likelihood of rain, wind direction, gusts and visibility: the latter can have an impact on the viability of displays.

The BBC's five-day forecast has overall conditions including temperatures, UV range and a description that may help to determine how pleasant the day will be for the visitor.

Click the blue-text link to go to the forecast. The location is already built into the links.

 
2017 Show
Dates

23rd & 24th September 2017

Airshow links

Airshow's web site


Tickets

Advance booking only.
No tickets on the gate.

Earlybird (until 10th Sept)

1 day (either)
Adult (16+) £29.50
Child up to 15 FREE *
DP + carer £19,
Parking £5

2 day
Adult (16+) £42.50
Child up to 15 FREE *
DP + carer £28
Parking £10

After 10th Sept

1 day (either)
Adult (16+) £33.95
Child up to 15 FREE *
DP + carer £21.85
Parking £5

2 day
Adult (16+) £48.90
Child up to 15 FREE *
DP + carer £32.20
Parking £10

* Children free when accompanying paying adult.

See website to book tickets and for upgrades and member / group concessions

Travel

Sat Nav CB22 4QR
For links to travel and route planning web sites, click the 'Getting there' tab

Photos

Photos taken at an earlier corresponding show