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  Duxford Airshow - Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 3rd September 2011


Comment -
Undoubted star of the IWM September Airshow at Duxford was the USAF F-15E Strike Eagle demonstration flown by the US based team borrowing a local jet from the 48th FW at Lakenheath.  Saturday's display was laced with vapour and sunshine and was very dramatic while on the Sunday, with grey cloud and rain dominating proceedings, the F-15 often disappeared completely into a vapour cloud of its own making. 

However, this was premium icing on what was already a very tasty cake!  Star of the static display was Mark One Partners LLC's newly restored Spitfire MkI P9374 G-MKIA which had made its maiden post restoration flight a few days before on August 30.  A line up of three classic Hawker biplanes (two Nimrods and a Fury) also graced the Duxford turf taking us right back to the immediate pre-war days.

The flying display was packed with action, the French Air Force Alpha Jet providing jet metal while an RAF Sea King and AAC Apache topped off the list of modern military performers.  Warbirds came in the shape of a Curtiss Hawk trio from The Fighter Collection, including the Merlin engined P-40F variant in its smart desert camouflage scheme with other highlights being a great display from The Old Flying Machine Company's Spitfire IX MH434 and ARCo's Buchon 'Me109'.  The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight also displayed with some great topside passes from the two fighters which were much appreciated by photographers. 

All in all this was a great show and on a personal note one of my best sets of images so far (IMHO!) - a great way to round off the 2011 season for me.

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