Duxford held it’s Battle of Britain Airshow over the weekend 23rd / 24th September. Duxford is also celebrating its centenary this year having been established as an airfield in 1917 and then hosting the RAF, USAAF and then the RAF again. It is now home to the Imperial War Museum (IWM) as well as commercial enterprises such as The Fighter Collection (TFC), Old Flying Machine Company, Aircraft Restoration Company (ARC), Historic Aircraft Company and the B17 Preservation Society. The weather for the flying was mostly OK – showers giving way to overcast on Saturday but sunny and warm on Sunday.
The flying programme for both days was very similar and with only a couple of unserviceability’s and a tricky crosswind on Sunday meant 90% flew as advertised. Both days opened with the RAF Parachute Display Team, The Falcons. Next came a unique formation of 6 Hawker Hurricanes of various Mk’s plus a Sea Hurricane. Then the display was split up into groups of aircraft that have a historical relationship ending with two “classic” Duxford items, the Spitfire Balbo and then the Battle of Britain finale formation.