Duxford Flying Days in 2021

Previously called Showcase Days

Flying Days at IWM Duxford 2021


Mk 1 Huricane R4118

In addition to major airshows, The Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford has 'Flying Days', previously called 'Showcase Days'. In 2021 each of these Flying Days will be themed. See the table for the themes of this year's Flying Days.

There will be a chance to visit the museum, pop up displays and experiences and then to enjoy some afternoon flying.

Entry to Flying Days is free for IWM members (but members still have to book) and parking is free for everyone.

A summary of Flying Days in 2021 is in the table. More information will be added when announced - or visit Duxford's web site or social media (there are links on the 'Basics' tab).

Remaining Duxford Flying Days 2021
Behind the ScenesJuly 3rd
Squadron 19 HeroesAugust 4th
ShowtimeAugust 11th
Young AviatorsAugust 19th
Best of 2021October 9th
See the British Airshows calendar for a full list of all known British airshows in 2021 or Duxford Airshows page for a list of all Duxford airshows in 2021

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.

Thank You Dads, June 20

Display Aircraft.
Hawker Hurricane P3717
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia G-CFGJ 'N3200' (IWM)
North American NA-64 YaleNorth American NA-64 Yale
PBY-5A Catalina
de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
HarvardNorth American Harvard Mk.IV 'Wacky Wabbit'
Hispano HA-1112 Buchon G-AWHK 'Yellow 10' (ARC) (did not fly)
Curtiss-Wright Hawk 75 G-CCVH (did not fly)

In case there are mistakes or changes, please check the show's site for the latest list.
Appearances are always subject to technical, weather and other constraints.

Commemorating D-Day, June 6

Display Aircraft.
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXb G-ASJV MH434
Hispano HA-1112 Buchon G-AWHK 'Yellow 10' (ARC)
Goodyear Corsair G-FGID
Piper L4 Grasshoppers (3)
Republic P-47 ThunderboltRepublic P47 Thunderbolt 'Nellie B'
North American P-51D Mustang 'Contrary Mary' (formerly 'Miss Velma') G-TFSI (Anglia Aircraft Restorations / Ultimate Fighters)
Grumman Wildcat G-RUMW
Douglas C-47 Skytrain

Standing Together, May 22

Display Aircraft. Flew on the day
Piper L4 (Clive Denney)
Hawker Hurricane Mk Xlla 'P3700' (HAC) (Dave Harvey)
SIAI Marchetti F.260 G-RAZI (Paul Freeland)
PBY-5A Catalina (Derek Head and John Harmsworth)
Goodyear Corsair G-FGID (Brian Smith)
Supermarine Spitfire LFVb EP120 G-LFVB: The Fighter Collection (Dave Southwood)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia G-CFGJ 'N3200' (IWM) (John Romain)

Getting to Duxford Flying Days

By car

Duxford is in Cambridgeshire, off Junction 10 of the M11. If you are coming from the north, an alternative is to leave at Junction 11 and take the A10 to Royston, then the A505, although this is a much longer route. The Post Code (for Sat Nav) is CB22 4QR but some systems will only recognise the older code CB2 4QR.


There are links to other route planners in the Travel Advice section.

By Train

The easiest (but not the closest) train station is Cambridge, which has a direct service from London.

Alternatives are Royston and Whittlesford Parkway, which is the closest to the show.

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

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Accommodation near Duxford

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.

Some Options

There are three Premier Inn hotels in Cambridge and another four within about 20 miles of the show.

Travelodge have one hotel about 4 miles from the show, which tends to be available a little bit longer after other low-cost hotels have been fully booked. There are three more Travelodge hotels in and around Cambridge.

Click any of the blue names to go to the corresponding web site. The links already have the location built in, but please check, and change as necessary, the dates, number of rooms and number of guests.

Weather for the Duxford area

UK Met Office Forecast

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

BBC Forecast

A 14-day forecast from the BBC

What the forecasts tell you

The Met Office 7-day forecast includes actual and "feels like" temperatures, the likelihood of rain, wind speed, wind direction, wind gusts and visibility: the latter can have an impact on the viability of displays.

The BBC's 14-day forecast has overall conditions including and hourly estimate of temperature, wind direction, wind speed and UV range.

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

2021 Show Basics


See the full list on the '2021 Flying Days' tab

Airshow links

Duxford's web site

Tickets in 2021

Free for members
Tickets for the first 3 Flying days are all sold out

Car Parking

Parking is free on Flying Days


Sat Nav CB22 4QR


For links to other travel and route planning web sites, click the 'Getting There' tab


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