Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford

Battle of Britain Air Show

22nd & 23rd September 2018
Mixed Formation

Mixed formations are a regular feature of the show

The September air show at IWM Duxford has traditionally been themed. In 2017 it was The Battle of Britain and the same theme will be the focus of the show in 2018.

The aircraft due to participate have not been announced yet, but visitors can be confident that there will be a very strong contingent of warbirds, possibly including a dozen or more Spitfires.

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

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 (a flying list will be here when known)
   
Additionally most of the aircraft in the flying displays, and generally a few extras, will be on static display beforehand
All appearances are subject to technical, weather and other constraints

More

More information including a flying list will be here when details are announced.

IWM Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow

23rd & 24th September 2017
Blenheim formation

The Blenheim formation finale

As always at Duxford, the choice of aircraft reflected the theme. This year it was the Battle of Britain, a theme that provided opportunities for many highlights including some spectacular formations.

From the beginning the formations impressed, starting with six Hurricanes in a pair of vic formations, first with a flypast and then with a series of tailchases over the airfield. Another, not quite the finale, was a Spitfire formation: this year involving no fewer than 13 Spitfires, recreating what will have been a familiar sight in 1940 when Duxford was an important Second World War fighter station. This was followed by the real finale: 5 Hurricanes flying alongside the Blenheim, a trio of Mk 1 Spitfires and a Gloster Gladiator.

The show featured 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 was the Bristol Blenheim. Once the most numerous RAF type, this example is now the only airworthy survivor in the world. The other was the Hispano Buchón, painted as wartime Messerschmitt Bf 109.

The RNHF Sea Fury, which has only recently returned to flight, also made an appearance as a static.

The full flying list is in the table . Our review of the show will be here soon

Hurricanes & Spitfires

Seven Hurricanes were at the show over the 2 days, including one from the BBMF and the Sea Hurricane.
There were also 14 Sea/Spitfires, including one from the BBMF and 3 Mk 1s.

Aircraft
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane (both days, but no Spitfire on Sunday)
Boeing B-17G 'Sally B'
Bristol Blenheim Mk 1 G-BPIV
Consolidated PBY Catalina G-PBYA
Curtiss-Wright P40C G-CIIO
Curtiss-Wright Hawk 75A G-CCVH (did not fly)
Douglas C-47 Skytrain '2100884'
Douglas C-47 Skytrain '19345' 'Drag 'Em Oot'
de Havilland Vampires T.55 & FB.52
de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moths x9
Gloster Gladiator Mk 1 'K7985'
Goodyear Corsair FG-1D G-FGID
Great War Display Team (6 on Saturday, 5 on Sunday)
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-HITT 'P3717'
Hawker Hurricane Mk llb 'BE505'
Hawker Hurricane Mk X 'AE977' painted as Mk 1 P2921 (Biggin Hill Hurricane Hangar)
Hawker Hurricane Mk XII G-HURI 'P3700'
Hawker Hurricane 'P2902' (Air Leasing)
Hawker Nimrod Mk 1 G-BWWK 'S1581'
Hawker Nimrod Mk 11 G-BURZ 'K3661' (did not fly)
Hawker Sea Hurricane G-BKTH 'Z7105'
Hispano Buchón HA1112 G-AWHK 'Black 8'
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15
North American P-51D Mustang 'Miss Helen' (damaged on Saturday. Did not fly Sunday)
North American P-51D Mustang 'The Shark' (Took off Saturday but did not display either day)
RAF Falcons
Supermarine Seafire LF111 G-BUAR 'PP972'
Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1a G-CFGJ 'N3200'
Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1a AR213 'P7308'(Comanche Fighters)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1a X4650 (Comanche Fighters)
Supermarine Spitfire LFVb G-LFVB 'EP120'
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb G-MKVB 'BM597'
Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1X G-LFIX 'ML407' 'Grace Spitfire'
Supermarine Spitfire HF Mk IX G-BRSF 'RR232'
Supermarine Spitfire TR9 NH341 (Aero Legends)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1Xb G-ASJV 'MH434'
Supermarine Spitfire Tr9 G-CCCA 'PV202'
Supermarine Spitfire Mk lXe 'TD314'
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XV111 G-BUOS 'SM845'
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XV1 'TD248'
Supermarine Spitfire TR.9 'SM520' (Boultbee Academy)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk X1Ve' MV293' (Air Leasing)
Westland Lysander (Did not fly Sunday. Too gusty)
Yak 3UA
Yak-3M (Air Leasing)
Additionally most of the aircraft in the flying displays and the RNHF Sea Fury were on static display beforehand
Cancelled, withdrawn or no longer listed by IWM Duxford
Swordfish W5865. Unserviceable. Had been scheduled by operator but not confirmed by show.
Curtiss-Wright P-36C G-CIXJ
Gloster Gladiator 'N5903' G-GLAD
Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 G-HUPW 'R4118' (unserviceable - cracked block)
Hispano Buchón HA1112 M4L 40/2 (Air Leasing). Not ready

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.

 
2018 Show
Dates

22nd & 23rd September 2018

Airshow links

Airshow's web site


Tickets

Advance booking only
No tickets on the gate

Travel

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