Red Arrows to open Flying Legends Air Show display at IWM Duxford

PUBLISHED: 10:38 02 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:05 02 June 2017

Flying Legends at IWM Duxford [Picture: David Mackey]

Flying Legends at IWM Duxford [Picture: David Mackey]


Thrills galore are promised at the Flying Legends Air Show at IWM Duxford with the Red Arrows appearing this year.

The Flying Legends Air Show, run by The Fighter Collection at IWM Duxford, is famous the world over for its unique presentations of historic piston-engined aircraft in rare combinations and remarkable flying displays.

It takes place at the historic airfield on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9.

Tickets for the Flying Legends Air Show must be purchased in advance. They will not be available to purchase on arrival at the air show.

Highlights for the Flying Legends Air Show 2017 include:

A living history groups add authentic atmosphere to the Flying Legends Air Show [Picture: David Mackey] A living history groups add authentic atmosphere to the Flying Legends Air Show [Picture: David Mackey]

• For the first time, on Sunday, July 9 only, the Flying Legends flying display will be opened at 1.20pm by the world-famous Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force aerobatic team.

Visitors will be able to meet the Red Arrows pilots after their display has concluded. The renowned flying display of rare historic aircraft commences at 2pm.

• The Bremont Horsemen, the world’s only P-51 Mustang formation aerobatic team, make a welcome return to the Flying Legends Air Show, with the UK debut performance of P-51 Mustang Freseni, being shipped from the USA especially for the Flying Legends Air Show.

• The golden age of air racing is recreated with flying displays from a de Havilland DH-88 Comet, a Percival Mew Gull, Travel R Type R Mystery Ship and LeVier Cosmic Wind.

• Spitfires galore, with variants including three Mark I Spitfires, up to the mighty Maxi Spitfire.

• A trio of Hawker Hurricanes, including one which has not previously been seen at the Flying Legends Air Show.

• The world’s only airworthy Bristol Blenheim.

• The balbo, a massed-formation finale featuring many of the aircraft that have taken part in the flying display, is unique to the Flying Legends Air Show and a world-renowned spectacle.

Across the museum, visitors can enjoy fun and nostalgic activities.

The Vintage Village will feature New York-based singing trio The Manhattan Dolls, the Umbrella Big Band, ‘Laurel and Hardy’ with their Model T Ford Car, and the chance to sit in a replica Spitfire.

Trade stands will be selling aviation prints and memorabilia plus there will be a themed trader area.

A wide range of refreshments will be available across the site from the museum’s permanent cafes and restaurants and also from mobile catering units.

A de Havilland DH88 Comet and a Mew Gull A de Havilland DH88 Comet and a Mew Gull

In addition to the action in the sky and fun activities across the museum, visitors can experience the award-winning exhibitions at IWM Duxford as entrance to the whole museum – including AirSpace, the newly redeveloped American Air Museum and the Battle of Britain exhibition – is included in the price of the ticket.

• For full details of ticket prices and premium passes for the Flying Legends Air Show, go to

All flying is subject to weather, serviceability and operational commitments.

• For further information visit

About IWM Duxford

IWM Duxford is Britain’s best-preserved Second World War airfield, with a fascinating history that dates back to the First World War.

Its story reflects the landmark achievements made in aviation history.

Duxford is Europe’s premier aviation museum, where historic buildings intersperse with state-of-the-art exhibition halls, including AirSpace and the American Air Museum.

Historic aircraft can regularly be seen taking to the skies from Duxford’s wartime airfield.

With one of the finest collections of tanks, military vehicles and artillery in the UK, Duxford also shows the impact of technological development on war and conflict.

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