IWM Duxford air show commemorates the Battle of Britain
PUBLISHED: 22:43 23 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:02 27 September 2017
More than 18,000 visitors today (Saturday) helped IWM Duxford commemorate the Battle of Britain as the historic airfield celebrated its finest hour in its centenary year.
Across the museum, visitors enjoyed a wide range of activities.
The Home Front village brought visitors back to the Second World War with nostalgic music from the Debonaires Jump Jive Swinging Little Big Band and The Bluebird Belles.
Jitterbug jive offered 1940s dance demonstrations.
In the authors’ marquee, visitors had the chance to hear from renowned history authors, including Joshua Levine, historical consultant on the film Dunkirk.
Visitors met and chatted with living history groups representing First World War pilots and Second World War RAF fighter pilots, United States Army Air Forces ground crew and Observer Corps.
A group of 11 World War Two American veterans also attended the air show today (Saturday, September 23).
The flying display commenced with a display by the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.
Highlights of the flying display included six Hurricanes flying in formation, celebrating the unsung fighter aircraft of the Battle of Britain, and The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane.
Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show 2017
The Home Guard. Picture: Clive Porter
Author James Hamilton-Paterson attended Duxford's Battle of Britain event. Picture: Clive Porter
Jim and Kay Leigh at the Duxford event. Picture: Clive Porter
The crowds were treated to a jive performance. Picture: Clive Porter
Uniformed personnel at the Duxford event. Picture: Clive Porter
RAF Falcons descend on IWM Duxford. Picture: Clive Porter
A Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c replica . Picture: Clive Porter
Debonaires vocalist, Sarah Eastwood. Picture: Clive Porter
The Fokker Dr.l triplane. Picture: Clive Porter
Crowds flocked to IWM Duxford. Picture: Clive Porter
The Battle of Britain show attracted people in many different costumes. Picture: Clive Porter
Wartime outfits seen all around IWM Duxford. Picture: Clive Porter
The Bristol Blenheim with escorts. Picture: Clive Porter
Aircraft lined up at IWM Duxford. Picture: Clive Porter
Avro Lancaster B1 aircraft. Picture: Clive Porter
RAF Falcons descending on Duxford. Picture: Clive Porter
The Tiger Nine team of nine Tiger Moths showcased the aircraft that many Battle of Britain pilots flew when they started training.
The Great War Display Team presented World War One combat tactics 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 majestic B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B flew alongside two Douglas C-47 transport aircraft.
There was also a thrilling flying display by 13 Supermarine Spitfires, including a stunning tailchase.
A finale flypast was led by a Bristol Blenheim followed by three Mark I Spitfires, Hurricanes and a Gloster Gladiator.
The Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show continues on Sunday, September 24.
Tickets can be purchased until midnight tonight (Saturday, September 23) at iwm.org.uk
No tickets are available on the entry points to the museum tomorrow (Sunday).