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News: More aircraft announced for Duxford Air Festival

Published 30 March 2017, 11:31

Comet and Mew Gull. IMAGE COURTESY IWM DUXFORD

Duxford's first airshow of 2017, the Duxford Air Festival on May 27 and 28, is taking shape. See below for details. Remember that entry to Duxford's air shows are by advance ticket purchase only.

Just announced flying participation for the Duxford Air Festival includes:

• BAE Systems Eurofighter Typhoon

• Agusta Westland Apache, a state-of-the-art attack helicopter designed to hunt and destroy tanks.

• The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team (Saturday only) performing a thrilling freefall display including advance manoeuvres at speeds of up to 120 mph.

• de Havilland DH88 Comet which won the 1934 England to Australia Air Race in 70 hours and 34 minutes. The Comet is accompanied by two Percival Mew Gulls (one original and one replica). The Mew Gull held the world record for the fastest return journey in its class from England to Cape Town for over 70 years. Completing the de Havilland collection are a de Havilland DH90 Dragonfly and a de Havilland Dragon Rapide.

• B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B, the last remaining airworthy B-17 bomber in Europe.

• Consolidated PBY Catalina G-PBYA operated by Plane Sailing.


Also flying at the Duxford Air Festival are:

• The Breitling Wingwalkers, the world’s only aerobatic formation wing-walking team.

• The Blades, a world-class aerobatic display team of RAF fast jet and former Red Arrows pilots.

• The only flying de Havilland Sea Vixen in the world. An iconic aircraft of the Cold War in the 1960s and 1970s.

• The spectacle of the Great War Display Team with nine replica First World War aircraft including a Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c; three Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a aircraft; two Fokker DR1 triplanes and two Junkers CL1 aircraft, accompanied by flak, bombing and strafing effects.

• The aerial artistry of the Calidus Autogyro, an exhilarating, fun and thrilling close-up flying display.

• The 1960s Rolls Royce Viper jet power of the BAC Strikemaster pair.

• The North American OV-10 Bronco which wowed the crowds at The American Air Show in May 2016.The Bronco is a light attack observation aircraft.

• A Noorduyn Norseman, a 1940s Canadian-built bush plane designed to operate on land, water and ice. It was a Norsemen in which Major Glenn Miller was flying as a passenger when he disappeared over the English Channel on 15 December 1944.

http://www.iwm.org.uk/events/iwm-duxford/airshows/duxford-air-festival

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