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Aviation events in September: 5 you won’t want to miss

PUBLISHED: 13:57 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:59 24 August 2017

Silvaires at Sywell (c) Geoff Collins, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Silvaires at Sywell (c) Geoff Collins, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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Keep your diary clear, these aviation events will have your September sorted.

Scottish International Air Show – September 2 – 3

Since the show began in 2014, its audience has been rapidly growing and around 150,000 visitors are expected to visit Ayr this year. Of the 40 displays and attractions on offer, look out for the Battle of Britain memorial flight featuring the Lancaster Hurricane Spitfire, the RAF Falcons parachute team landing on the beach and the Red Arrows finishing off the show.

Starting from 10am each day, entry is free for the general public but there are additional fees for parking and for premium tickets – both of which can be purchased online.

The show is viewed from Ayr Beach and the Esplanade. Motorists should follow designated routes to prevent congestion.

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Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show – September 23 – 24

In honour of the many men who gave their lives during this period of World War II, visit the Imperial War Museum to learn about Duxford’s role in the conflict and the aircraft that were stationed there. You’ll get to see dog fights, pyrotechnics and aerobatics while entrance to Duxford’s museum and buildings comes in the price of the ticket.

Your £29.50 ticket (under-16s go free and all tickets must be purchased in advance) will allow you to see several Supermarine Spitfire, the Avro Lancaster PA474 and the Bristol Blenheim Mk.IF L6739.

Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridge, CB22 4QR

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Shuttleworth Heritage Day – September 3

Celebrating 175 years of the Clayton & Shuttleworth company and the legacy of Richard Shuttleworth, revel in an enormous display of fully-working vintage and rare aircraft including the Gloster Gladiator and Sopwith Camel. Flying takes place from 2 till 6 but tours and other activities are available from 9 in the morning.

Tickets start at £24 for adults and kids go free. Camping and caravan spots are available in the huge grounds of the Shuttleworth estate if you you’d like to spend the night surrounded by Bedfordshire countryside.

The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome Nr Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP

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Open Cockpit Evenings – September 15 – 16

Explore the cockpits of monsters like the Short Brothers Belfast long-range transport craft and World War II fighters like the Luftwaffe’s Focke Wulf 190. A £12.50 ticket will get you a small taste of what it was really like to fly these much-loved aircraft and also allow after-hours access to the museum.

Cockpits will be open from 6 – 9 in the evening so don’t miss out on this unusual experience.

Royal Air Force Museum, Lyssander Avenue, Cosford, TF11 8UP

Sywell Classic: Pistons & Props – September 23 – 24

With a number of internationally renowned aerobatic display teams already booked in, this eclectic event – it also features numerous motoring displays and live music – is shaping up to be quite the spectacle. The Blades, The Yakovlevs and The Breitling Wingwalkers are all confirmed to bring their own unique styles to the weekend.

Three-night camping deals are available while adult day tickets begin at £18 per person.

Sywell Aerodrome, Northampton, NN6 0BN

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