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23 stunning photographs from IWM Duxford’s Summer Air Show




There was a welcome return to the skies at the Imperial War Museum Duxford’s Summer Air Show last weekend (July 24-25).

Duxford Summer Air Show, The Red Arrows. Picture: Keith Heppell
Duxford Summer Air Show, The Red Arrows. Picture: Keith Heppell

The first air show on the site since 2019 boasted a fabulous line-up, with a flying list including the P-47D Thunderbolt, the TF-51D Mustang, and the Grumman Wildcat. There was plenty of Spitfire nostalgia, with five Second World War fighters taking to the skies.

Duxford Summer Air Show, RAF Typhoon FGR4. Picture: Keith Heppell
Duxford Summer Air Show, RAF Typhoon FGR4. Picture: Keith Heppell

Wingwalkers, The Blades aerobatic display team and the Red Arrows also entertained the crowd, which was capped at 8,000 ticket holders on Saturday and Sunday.

This was lower than before the pandemic, to provide space, and three zones were used for entry, exit and parking.

Duxford Summer Air Show, AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers. Picture: Keith Heppell
Duxford Summer Air Show, AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers. Picture: Keith Heppell

On the ground, there were living history teams and military vehicles, and the NHS Spitfire, featuring the names of those nominated by fundraisers, was on show. Sadly, though, the Falcons were not able to make the weekend, due to the availability of parachutists.

Duxford Summer Air Show, NHS Spitfire. Picture: Keith Heppell
Duxford Summer Air Show, NHS Spitfire. Picture: Keith Heppell

Air show event manager Philip Hood said: “We were thrilled to see the return of our much-loved air shows to Duxford and to welcome visitors back to enjoy a packed flying programme from IWM Duxford’s partners and amazing visiting aircraft including, of course, the Red Arrows.

Duxford Summer Air Show, The Red Arrows. Picture: Keith Heppell
Duxford Summer Air Show, The Red Arrows. Picture: Keith Heppell

“The Duxford Summer Air Show was our first air show since 2019 and we hope to see many more people in September for our Battle of Britain Air Show, tickets to which will be on sale in the coming weeks.”

Duxford Summer Air Show, The Red Arrows. Picture: Keith Heppell
Duxford Summer Air Show, The Red Arrows. Picture: Keith Heppell

For more information, visit iwm.org.uk.

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