Second World War anniversary to be commemorated at Duxford Air Show

PUBLISHED: 15:01 03 September 2009 | UPDATED: 21:54 31 May 2010

COMMEMORATING the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, aircrafts which were vital in securing an Allied victory will be taking to the skies at this year s Duxford Air Show. Recreating the Battle of Britain the iconic Spitfire will on

COMMEMORATING the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War, aircrafts which were vital in securing an Allied victory will be taking to the skies at this year's Duxford Air Show.

Recreating the Battle of Britain the iconic Spitfire will once again pit its skills against the German Messerschmitt Me 109 - the backbone of the Luftwaffe fighter force.

Adding to the nostalgia will be flyovers from a mighty Lancaster bomber and the agile Hurricane fighter.

The full flying programme has now being announced for the Duxford Air Show being held on Saturday (September 5) and Sunday (September 6) and featuring the best in historic and modern aviation.

Bringing the air show right up to date with the latest in jet-engine technology, on Saturday only the Eurofighter Typhoon will thunder across the Duxford skies.

Classic jet aircraft will include a Folland Gnat Pair (The Red Arrows' previous aircraft of choice), the Hawker Hunter F4 and the North American F-86 Sabre.

Helicopter fans will be able to enjoy displays by the Agusta 109BA, flown by 18 Squadron of the Belgian Air Force, while the Boeing Chinook makes a welcome return after delighting fans at the Spring Air Show in May 2009.

For visitors who prefer aircraft with a sense of nostalgia, a range of historic piston-engined planes will be on display, including the North American P-51 TF Mustang, the North American T28S Fennec, the North American T6 Harvard and the Douglas AD4

Skyraider, with a welcome return to the skies by the Duxford-based B-17 Flying

Fortress Sally B.

The centenary of Naval Aviation will be marked with a display by a Hawker Sea Fury and the Royal Navy's Hawker Sea Hawk.

As previously announced, The Red Arrows will be closing the flying programme on

Saturday, whilst on Sunday, Aerostars - the largest civilian formation aerobatic team in the world - will be closing proceedings in their Yakovlev Yak 52s.

Ticket prices range from £9.95 for a child to £24.95 for and adult. Concessions are available for students and senior citizens. Gates open at 8am with access to the whole museum and flying will start at 2pm. The museum closes at 6pm.

For a full flying programme and more information visit www.iwm.org.uk/duxford.

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