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RAF Duxford celebrates 100 years with three spectacular airshows

PUBLISHED: 16:30 15 December 2016 | UPDATED: 16:30 15 December 2016

Duxford Air Show | Guy Harris, Flickr CC2.0

Duxford Air Show | Guy Harris, Flickr CC2.0

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The Imperial War Museum is planning a 'festival of flying' in 2017 to mark the centenary

The Breitling Wingwalkers | Dave Crosby, Flickr CC2.0The Breitling Wingwalkers | Dave Crosby, Flickr CC2.0

The celebrations begin on the May bank holiday weekend, 27-28 May, with the Duxford Air Festival.

‘Confirmed participating aircraft include the spectacle of the Great War Display Team accompanied by flak, bombing and strafing effects, the Breitling Wingwalkers, the world’s only aerobatic formation wingwalking team, and The Blades, a world-class aerobatic display team,’ said a museum spokesperson.

‘In addition to the action in the sky, 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 air show ticket.’

It is one of three festivals scheduled for 2017, which marks 100 years since work began on the airfield in response to Zeppelin raids during World War I.

Flying Legends Air Show, 8-9 July

The Fighter Collection is organising a weekend of historic aircraft displays and nostalgic activities to create a 1940s atmosphere.

Historic aircraft at Duxford | James Ellis, Flickr CC2.0Historic aircraft at Duxford | James Ellis, Flickr CC2.0

Battle of Britain Air Show, 23-24 September

RAF Duxford played a crucial part in World War II, with ‘The Few’ taking off from there to fight the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain in 1940. The airfield’s finest hour will be remembered with a massed Spitfire flight, dog fights and heritage activities on the ground.

Tickets are available now, with early bird discounts, on the IWM website.

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