Duxford Air Festival 2018: Crowds turn out in sunshine for aircraft display

PUBLISHED: 13:48 29 May 2018

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

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Imperial War Museum Duxford opened their 2018 air show season with two thrilling days of flying at the weekend.

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress at IWM Duxford. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadThe Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress at IWM Duxford. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Crowds flocked to Duxford Air Festival on Saturday and Sunday to see vintage aircraft and modern jets take to the Cambridgeshire sky – with more than 12,000 visitors at the airfield on the opening day.

Among the flying attractions was the B-17 Flying Fortress, known as Sally B, the IWMs rare Mark I Supermarine Spitfire and three French Air Force display teams.

The centenary of the end of the First World War was also marked with the Great War Display Team soaring over Duxford, accompanied by anti-aircraft, bombing and strafing effects.

There was also plenty to see and do on the ground, with visitors able to help build a large scale model of a B-29 Superfortress, experience an interactive 1950s RAF mobile control tower and meet the Dawn Patrol living history group, portraying First World War pilots.

The Boeing Chinook. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadThe Boeing Chinook. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Flying returns to Duxford on July 14 and 15 when a host of Second World War aircraft take to the skies for the Flying Legends Air Show.

Visit iwm.org.uk/events/flying-legends-air-show-2018 for tickets.

The Boeing Chinook. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadThe Boeing Chinook. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Two PT-17 Stearman models.  Picture: Gerry WeatherheadTwo PT-17 Stearman models. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Two PT-17 Stearman models. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadTwo PT-17 Stearman models. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

The crowds turned out in the sunshine for the Duxford Air Festival 2018l. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadThe crowds turned out in the sunshine for the Duxford Air Festival 2018l. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

The Dassault Rafale C. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadThe Dassault Rafale C. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

The Dassault Rafale C. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadThe Dassault Rafale C. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

The Dassault Rafale C. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadThe Dassault Rafale C. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

The Fairey Swordfish. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadThe Fairey Swordfish. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

The Farner Werke Schlepp C-3605. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadThe Farner Werke Schlepp C-3605. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

The Fokker DRI Triplane closes in on a Sopwith Triplane. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadThe Fokker DRI Triplane closes in on a Sopwith Triplane. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

The Hawker Sea Fury. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadThe Hawker Sea Fury. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Two North American T-6 Harvard planes. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadTwo North American T-6 Harvard planes. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

The PBY-5A Catalina. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadThe PBY-5A Catalina. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

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