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World famous Red Arrows set to return to Duxford in July


By Adrian Curtis


The world-famous Royal Air Force aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, are to make a spectacular return to this year’s Flying Legends air show, providing one of the few opportunities to see them in action before they head out on a tour of the United States.

A firm favourite with the crowds, the team’s display on Saturday, July 13 will be the only chance to see them at historic Duxford this year.

The recent Channel 5 television documentary ‘Red Arrows: Kings of the Sky’ has reinvigorated public interest thanks to its unprecedented behind-the-scenes footage.

Red Arrows to return to Duxford this summer (8811486)
Red Arrows to return to Duxford this summer (8811486)

The Red Arrows will open Saturday’s show, with another unique, yet-to-be-announced act taking their place on the following day. The Reds will perform their high-energy routines before tens of thousands of people, and for the first time at Flying Legends, kids under 16 will go free!

Car parking charges at IWM Duxford have also been waived, meaning all visitors can park for free.

Squadron Leader Martin Pert, team leader of the Red Arrows, said: “It is always a privilege to display at IWM Duxford and I hope countless people will be able to join us there and enjoy the show at the Flying Legends event in July. The Red Arrows’ 2019 display will continue a long-held aim to demonstrate the excellence of the Royal Air Force and showcase the best of British, while inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds.”

Widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest air shows, Flying Legends will feature more than 50 historic aircraft in choreographed set piece displays, from iconic Spitfires to Duxford-based favourites such as B-17 ‘SallyB’ and a host of exotic visiting warbirds.

The show will also mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day when the Allies stormed Normandy to free Europe from Nazi rule.

Nick Grey, Director of the Fighter Collection, said: “75 years ago, the largest armada ever to set sail left our shores for France. We celebrate the courage of the young men and women who gave their lives to save the free world. Flying Legends is a tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and to the millions who designed, manufactured, flew and maintained the flying machines that helped win the war. It is a special privilege to present this unique show with our friends at IWM Duxford and, in particular, to celebrate this major D-Day anniversary.”

On the ground, visitors will discover a vast range of entertainment to suit any tastes. Vintage musical entertainment will be provided by the likes of Tom Carradine, Harry and Edna and the Hotsie Totsies. You can even try out a real Spitfire for size or even have your hair and make-up done in period style in the Vintage Village.



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