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Duxford Battle of Britain Airshow - Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 23rd September 2018

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01 Tiger Moth 100 Duxford Airshow 2018 01 RAF 29 Sqn Typhoon FGR4 ZK318 Duxford Airshow 2018 02 RAF 29 Sqn Typhoon FGR4 ZK318 Duxford Airshow 2018 03 RAF 29 Sqn Typhoon FGR4 ZK318 Duxford Airshow 2018 04 RAF 29 Sqn Typhoon FGR4 ZK318 Duxford Airshow 2018 05 Jet Provost T5 XW324 G-BWSG Vampire T.55 WZ447 LN-DHZ Vampire FB52 VZ305 LN-DHY Duxford Airshow 2018 06 Jet Provost T5 XW324 G-BWSG Vampire T.55 WZ447 LN-DHZ Vampire FB52 VZ305 LN-DHY Duxford Airshow 2018 07 Vampire T.55 WZ447 LN-DHZ Vampire FB52 VZ305 LN-DHY Duxford Airshow 2018 08 Vampire T.55 WZ447 LN-DHZ Vampire FB52 VZ305 LN-DHY Duxford Airshow 2018 09 Blenheim MkI L6739 G-BPIV Hurricane MkI P3700 G-HURI  Hurricane MkI P2092 G-ROBT Duxford Airshow 2018 10 Blenheim MkI L6739 G-BPIV Hurricane MkI P2092 G-ROBT Duxford Airshow 2018 11 Blenheim MkI L6739 G-BPIV Hurricane MkI P3700 G-HURI Duxford Airshow 2018 12 Blenheim MkI L6739 G-BPIV Hurricane MkI P2092 G-ROBT Duxford Airshow 2018 13 Hawker  Hurricane MkI P2092 G-ROBT Duxford Airshow 2018 14 Hawker Hurricane MkI P3700 G-HURI  Duxford Airshow 2018 15 Hispano HA-112 MIL Buchon Yellow 10 G-AWHK Duxford Airshow 2018 16 HA-112 MIL Buchon Yellow 10 G-AWHK HA-1112-M4L Buchon White 9 G-AWHH Duxford Airshow 2018 17 Russian Front dogfight Duxford Airshow 2018 18 HA-112 MIL Buchon Yellow 10 G-AWHK HA-1112-M4L Buchon White 9 G-AWHH Duxford Airshow 2018 19 HA-112 MIL Buchon Yellow 10 G-AWHK HA-1112-M4L Buchon White 9 G-AWHH Duxford Airshow 2018 20 HA-112 MIL Buchon Yellow 10 G-AWHK HA-1112-M4L Buchon White 9 G-AWHH Duxford Airshow 2018 22 HA-112 MIL Buchon Yellow 10 G-AWHK HA-1112-M4L Buchon White 9 G-AWHH Duxford Airshow 2018 23 HA-112 MIL Buchon Yellow 10 G-AWHK HA-1112-M4L Buchon White 9 G-AWHH Duxford Airshow 2018 24 BBMF Avro Lancaster B1 PA474 Duxford Airshow 2018 25 BBMF Avro Lancaster B1 PA474 Duxford Airshow 2018 26 31 Sqn Tornado GR4 ZD716 Lancaster B1 PA474 617 Sqn F-35B Lightning II ZM147 Duxford Airshow 2018 27 31 Sqn Tornado GR4 ZD716 Lancaster B1 PA474 617 Sqn F-35B Lightning II ZM147 Duxford Airshow 2018 28 31 Sqn Tornado GR4 ZD716 Lancaster B1 PA474 617 Sqn F-35B Lightning II ZM147 Duxford Airshow 2018 29 31 Sqn Tornado GR4 ZD716 617 Sqn F-35B Lightning II ZM147 Duxford Airshow 2018 30 31 Sqn Tornado GR4 ZD716 Duxford Airshow 2018 32 617 Sqn F-35B Lightning II ZM147 Duxford Airshow 2018 33 617 Sqn F-35B Lightning II ZM147 Duxford Airshow 2018 34 P-51D Mustang G-BIXL 44-472216 Miss Helen Duxford Airshow 2018 35 MiG-15 UTI N104CJ P-51D Mustang G-BIXL 44-472216 Miss Helen P-51D Mustang G-SHWN KH774 Duxford Airshow 2018 36 MiG-15 UTI N104CJ P-51D Mustang G-BIXL 44-472216 Miss Helen P-51D Mustang G-SHWN KH774 Duxford Airshow 2018 37 MiG-15 UTI N104CJ P-51D Mustang G-BIXL 44-472216 Miss Helen P-51D Mustang G-SHWN KH774 Duxford Airshow 2018 38 MiG-15 UTI N104CJ P-51D Mustang G-BIXL 44-472216 Miss Helen P-51D Mustang G-SHWN KH774 Duxford Airshow 2018 39 MiG-15 UTI Red 18 N104CJ Duxford Airshow 2018 40 MiG-15 UTI Red 18 N104CJ Duxford Airshow 2018 41 MiG-15 UTI Red 18 N104CJ Duxford Airshow 2018 42 P-51D Mustang G-SHWN KH774 Duxford Airshow 2018 43 P-51D Mustang G-SHWN KH774 Duxford Airshow 2018 44 P-51D Mustang G-BIXL 44-472216 Miss Helen P-51D Mustang G-SHWN KH774 Duxford Airshow 2018 45 P-51D Mustang G-SHWN KH774 Duxford Airshow 2018 46 P-51D Mustang G-BIXL 44-472216 Miss Helen P-51D Mustang G-SHWN KH774 Duxford Airshow 2018 47 B-17G Flying Fortress Sally B G-BEDF Duxford Airshow 2018 48 B-17G Flying Fortress Sally B G-BEDF Duxford Airshow 2018 49 B-17G Flying Fortress Sally B G-BEDF Duxford Airshow 2018 50 Gnat T1 XR538 G-RORI Gnat T1 XR992 G-MOUR Duxford Airshow 2018 51 Gnat T1 XR538 G-RORI Gnat T1 XR992 G-MOUR Duxford Airshow 2018 52 RAF Typhoon FGR4 Duxford Airshow 2018 53 Airbus Atlas C1 ZM401 Duxford Airshow 2018 54 Airbus Atlas C1 ZM401 Duxford Airshow 2018 55 RAF Red Arrows Hawk T1A Duxford Airshow 2018 56 RAF Red Arrows Hawk T1A Duxford Airshow 2018 57 RAF Red Arrows Hawk T1A Duxford Airshow 2018 58 Spitfire MkI N3200 G-MKIA Duxford Airshow 2018 59 Spitfire IX MH434 G-ASJV Spitfire T9 PV202 G-CCCA Spitfire PRXI PL983 G-PRXI Duxford Airshow 2018 60 Spitfire IX MH434 G-ASJV Spitfire T9 PV202 G-CCCA Spitfire PRXI PL983 G-PRXI Duxford Airshow 2018 61 Spitfire Vb BM597 G-MKVB Spitfire LFVb EP120 G-LFVB Spitfire IXT NH341 G-DDMV Duxford Airshow 2018 62 Spitfire Vb BM597 G-MKVB Spitfire LFVb EP120 G-LFVB Spitfire IXT NH341 G-DDMV Duxford Airshow 2018 63 Spitfire PRXI PL983 G-PRXI Duxford Airshow 2018 64 Spitfire PRXI PL983 G-PRXI Duxford Airshow 2018 65 Spitfire PRXI PL983 G-PRXI Duxford Airshow 2018 66 Spitfire Vb BM597 G-MKVB Duxford Airshow 2018 67 Spitfire Vb BM597 G-MKVB Duxford Airshow 2018 68 Spitfire Vb BM597 G-MKVB Duxford Airshow 2018 69 Spitfire LFVb EP120 G-LFVB Duxford Airshow 2018 70 Spitfire LFVb EP120 G-LFVB Duxford Airshow 2018 71 Spitfire LFVb EP120 G-LFVB Duxford Airshow 2018 72 Spitfire MkXVI TD248 G-OXVI Duxford Airshow 2018 73 Spitfire IX TA805 G-PMNF Duxford Airshow 2018 74 Spitfire FRXVIIIe SM845 G-BUOS Duxford Airshow 2018 75 Spitfire FRXVIIIe SM845 G-BUOS Duxford Airshow 2018 76 Spitfire MkXIV MV268 G-SPIT Duxford Airshow 2018 77 Spitfire MkXIV MV268 G-SPIT Duxford Airshow 2018 78 Spitfire IX MH434 G-ASJV Duxford Airshow 2018 79 Spitfire Tr9 PT462 G-CTIX Duxford Airshow 2018 80 Spitfire IX MT928 D-FEUR Duxford Airshow 2018 81 Spitfire PRXI PL983 G-PRXI Duxford Airshow 2018 

Comment - This was one of those real ‘touch and go’ decisions as the weather over this weekend was fairly awful but with advanced ticket purchase now being a necessity (the show was sold out prior to the weekend) no longer can airshow punters wait on the weather and buy a ticket the day before or even, shock, horror, buy a ticket on the day (or decide not to go at all!) and we are all now hostages to the fickle hand of the weather gods. As atrocious as the rain was on Sunday morning, a detailed study of several forecasts and weather apps indicated that it would actually clear away from midday leaving blustery but bright conditions. We therefore decide to take the plunge and set off for a rather unpleasant drive through the weather hoping that provenance would literally shine on us later, and fortunately, it did, although I will remember it as one of the coldest I have ever been at an airshow despite it only being September!

Arriving at Duxford we took advantage of the many indoor sections of the museum, including the RAF100 Inspire Showcase which had been set up for the show, and found ourselves each having a go at flying a Grob Tutor T.1 around Duxford’s circuit using a rig and VR glasses which was really amazing. The famous Reds were our next target, the team giving away an A4 poster of themselves, the challenge then being to track down Reds 1 to 10 to get their autographs. Operating in pairs, the team were spread throughout the hangar space and we managed to successfully get the required autographs, the posters now taking pride of place in my kids’ bedroom!

For this year’s show the RAF’s 100th birthday played a prominent role, the Red Arrows finishing their display by writing 100 in the sky, although we missed this (did I say it was cold!) as we were in the café trying to get some warmth back into our extremities through the medium of hot chocolate. A special centenary flypast also took place although the planned appearance from a Voyager tanker was cancelled leaving us with a pair of Typhoons and an Atlas C1 flying through. A rather more special formation came in the shape of a tribute to 617 Squadron, with the BBMF’s Lancaster PA474 leading a vic alongside 31 Squadron Tornado GR4 ZD716 and 617 Squadron F-35B Lightning II ZM147. The mighty ‘fin’ was making its last ever public airshow appearance before retirement, the Tornado literally and figuratively flying off into the sunset (well, into the fleeting brightness to the west of the airfield at least!) a sad occasion but one laced with the pride of a job well done by a machine that is as old as I am! (The prototype first flew in 1974) and has been on operations pretty much without pause since Gulf War One in 1990.

Warbird highlights from the show included an ‘Eastern Front’ set piece with a pair of Hispano Buchon ‘Bf109s’ taking on a pair of Yak-3s against a dramatic cloudscape while Duxford stalwart, Sally-B put in a very nice display in very atmospheric lighting conditions. An earlier vic of Blenheim MkI L379 and two Hurricane MkIs paid tribute to the sacrifices, victories and hard fighting of the Battle of France. Looking to the Korean War, two P-51D Mustangs flew several formation passes led by the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron’s MiG-15UTI ‘Red 18.’ The Mustangs (‘Sharkie’ and ‘Miss Helen’) then split off to allow the MiG to perform a solo display before the Mustangs came in for their own routine with formation and solo passes against the moody sky.

Mention must also be made of the brave band of pilots who opened the show in sixteen Tiger Moths, the rear elements of the bad weather still filling the sky, and it was a moving sight to see these sixteen machines buck and growl over the crowdline in a ‘100’ formation to begin proceedings.

Of course, Duxford’s Battle of Britain show would not be itself without the mass Spitfire balbo finale and for 2018, eighteen of the type took to the air on Saturday, Sunday seeing thirteen Spitfires airborne, the sight and sound, as always, being a mesmerising and highly emotive experience.

In summary the show was a triumph over the weather with an excellent range of displays and activities on the ground coupled with some truly unique sights in the air. Definitely one to remember!

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