Diverse and engaging range of events at Imperial War Museum Duxford in 2011.

FROM stunning air shows to elegant vintage cars, thrilling aerobatics to hands-on history - there is something at Europe’s leading aviation museum this year to suit all tastes, interests and ages.

Highlights of the season include the following:

Spring Car Show

Sunday May 1

IMPERIAL War Museum Duxford is place to be for all cars enthusiasts, when the museum plays host to hundreds of stunning classic and contemporary vehicles.

A fun Bank Holiday Sunday outing, Spring Car Show gives visitors the opportunity to get up close to the iconic cars on display and talk to their owners.

Spring Air Show

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Celebrating Woman in Aviation

Sunday May 22

WOMEN have always an played an integral role in the development of aviation, from the pioneering days of early flight to today’s sophisticated air power.

The Spring Air Show celebrates the achievements of women in aviation – from technological development to daring aerial aptitude.

The Duxford Trophy

Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29

VISITORS can see some spectacular aerobatic flying as the very best British pilots compete for Duxford Trophy.

Pilots taking part in this competition are flying at the very highest competing levels, Advanced and Unlimited.

Military Vehicle Show

Sunday June 19

ENJOY the excitement, power and thrill of the Military Vehicle Show – the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day.

Experience the sheer power of some of the biggest Second World War tanks alongside quirky smaller vehicles such as jeeps and 1940 ambulances.

Flying Legends

Saturday July 9 and Sunday June 10

FLYING Legends – two words which instantly evoke the very best of classic aircraft displaying at Duxford in one of the world’s most celebrated air shows.

Sally B and Friends Day

Sunday July 31

SALLY B and Friends Day is a brand new event honouring B-17 Flying Fortress G-BEDF Sally B currently the only B-17 flying in Europe.

Summer Car Show

Sunday August 7

SET against the stunning backdrop of IWM Duxford, the Summer Car Show provides the perfect sunny Sunday outing.

A spectacular range of cars from the halcyon days of motoring combine with the best modern classics to excite car enthusiasts of all age and interests.

American Air Day

Friday August 19

THIS family-friendly day showcase the work of the United States Air Force in Europe and in particular the Third Air Force, resident in the United Kingdom.

Comprising a rich mix of flying and ground-based display, American Air Days gives visitors the opportunity to engage with the Third Air Force and learn more about its varied and diverse roles.

The Duxford Air Show

75th anniversary of the Spitfire

Saturday September 3 and Sunday September 4

ENJOY the sight and sound of the celebrated British single-seat fighter aircraft in the year that marks the 75th anniversary of the Spitfire’s inaugural flight.

The Spitfire was first seen by the public at the RAF Hendon Air Pageant in 1936 and only a few years later formed the backbone of RAF Fighter Command.

IWM Duxford, the spiritual home of the Spitfire, celebrates the aircraft’s power and panache in a spectacular air display.


Sunday September 18

HUNDREDS of single and double-decker buses gather every year at Duxford for this unusual for this unusual and fun event.

Now a firm on Duxford’s calendar, Showbus, the world biggest bus rally, continues to provide colour, spectacle and nostalgia.

Autumn Air Show

Remembering the Korean War

Sunday October 16

THE Korean War was the first major conflict in which jet aircraft sought air superiority alongside the final-generation propeller-driven piston fighters.

Remembrance Sunday

Sunday November 13

ON Remembrance Sunday, Imperial War Museum Duxford will hold a special service of remembrance.