THE Autumn Air Show at Duxford Imperial War Museum this coming Sunday closes the 2012 flying season with a fantastic finale.

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The flying display offers excitement for all ages and tastes, with contemporary fast jets, exciting helicopter displays, fun aerobatics and an array of historic warbirds.

Agile helicopter displays come from The Black Cats Lynx Pair from 702 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton and the Apache helicopter from the Army Air Corps, RAF Wattisham. The Sea King helicopter from B Flight, 22 Squadron, RAF Wattisham will present a thrilling Search and Rescue display.

Rip-roaring contemporary RAF displays will be provided by BAe Systems Hawk from 208 (R) Squadron, RAF Valley and the Shorts Tucano from the Central Flying School Flight, RAF Linton-on-Ouse.

An array of historic aircraft will be flying, including many warbirds which call IWM Duxford home. These include B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B from B-17 Preservation; Spitfire IXT from Air Leasing; FG-1D Corsair, P-40B Warhawk and P-40F Warhawk from The Fighter Collection and Hispano Buchon (Messerschmitt Bf-109) from Aircraft Restoration Company/ Historic Flying Limited.

The museum will be commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first flight of the Merlin-engined Mustang with displays by P-51 Mustang Ferocious Frankie from the Old Flying Machine Company and North American TF-51 Mustang Miss Velma from The Fighter Collection.

There will also be a display by a Piper L-4 Cub, Boeing Stearman and North American Harvard, representing the aircraft that United States Army Air Force pilots would have flown in when completing their training, prior to flying the mighty Mustang.

Additional thrilling displays include the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota from RAF Coningsby; Douglas A-1 Skyraider from Kennet Aviation; the supremely colourful Hawker Hunter from Heritage Aviation Developments; the aerobatically nimble CAP 232; the elegant Fournier RF-4 Pair glider duo and the dynamic Trigg Aerobatic Team.

There is plenty to entertain you on the ground too, with the whole museum open to explore. Take tours of B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B and the famous Catalina flying boat*.

Enjoy children’s rides or a ride in a tank*. Find out more about historic objects from RAF Bomber Command next to the Lancaster in AirSpace and have the chance to sit in an ejection seat. Make and paint your own Airfix model in the Conservation Hall in AirSpace and take it home as a souvenir of your air show day.

In the American Air Museum, discover United States Army Air Force historic objects next to the B-24 Liberator and the B-17 Flying Fortress.

Advance ticket sales have now closed, but you can purchase your ticket as you arrive at the show.

• All flying is subject to weather, serviceability and operational commitments.

• The flying display commences at 1.30pm and concludes at approximately 4.30pm.

• Activities indicated with an asterix have an additional cost. To take a tour of B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B you will need to become a member of the Sally B supporters club.

• For further information on the Autumn Air Show go to iwm.org.uk or call 01223 835 000.

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