Historic aircraft to take to the skies for Flying Legends Air Show at Imperial War Museum, Duxford

A Curtiss P-40C will also form part of the Duxford Flying Legends show.

A Curtiss P-40C will also form part of the Duxford Flying Legends show. - Credit: Archant

More than 50 historic aircraft will take to the skies on July 11-12 for the Flying Legends Air Show at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.

The Flying Legends Air Show will take people back to the 1940s.

The Flying Legends Air Show will take people back to the 1940s. - Credit: Archant

Among the planes will be a display of 1930s Hawker aircraft, with two Hawker Nimrods, a Hawker Fury, four Second World War 51 Mustangs, a pair of Douglas Dakotas and 10 Supermarine Spitfires.

Also on show will be:

• A Curtiss P-36C, which has been meticulously restored over the past four years. This aircraft took part in the 1939 Cleveland Air Races before going on to serve in the Second World War.

• A Curtiss Hawk 75, which is the only airworthy example left in the world. It wears an authentic Armee de l’Air three-tone scheme with the Lafayette Escadrille Sioux Indian head motif on the aircraft’s starboard side. This is the Fighter Collection logo.

The Flying Legends Air Show will take people back to the 1940s.

The Flying Legends Air Show will take people back to the 1940s. - Credit: Archant


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• One of only two airworthy Curtiss Warhawk P-40F aircraft left in the world. It was shipped to the Thirteenth Air Force in the South West Pacific on Christmas Eve 1942.

• A Grumman Bearcat, which could outperform many of the early jet fighter aircraft of the late 1940s.

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• A Grumman Wildcat FM-2, which outranked its predecessors with its fast-climbing, long-range manoeuvrability.

• A Goodyear Corsair FG-1D, the first fighter to exceed 400mph. It was a formidable fighter aircraft during the Second World War and later in the Korean War.

The Flying Legends Air Show will take people back to the 1940s.

The Flying Legends Air Show will take people back to the 1940s. - Credit: Archant

The Flying Legends Air Show promises a fusion of power, sound, excitement and nostalgia.

The museum will be open from 8am-6pm, with the flying display from 2-5.30pm.

In the museum, visitors can discover the stories of the men and women who lived and worked there. They can try on a replica uniform, fill a pilot’s brain with flying information and explore the sights, sounds and smells of Duxford.

There will also be trade stands and the chance of a pleasure flight.

On the day ticket prices:

Adult (16 years and over) £34.50

Senior (60 years and over) £27

Child (5-15 years) £18.15

Child (four years or under) free

Disabled Visitor (proof of disability allowance required) £18.15

Carer (one per disabled visitor) free

Friend of Duxford Adult £27.60

Friend of Duxford Senior £21.60

Friend of Duxford Junior £14.50

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