Slideshow: Record attendance for American Air Day at Imperial War Museum Duxford

OVER 6000 visitors enjoyed American Air Day at Imperial War Museum Duxford last Friday. The family-friendly day presented a packed programme of entertainment, including fly pasts by USAFE aircraft, including the MC-130 H/P transport, KC-135 tanker, F-1

OVER 6000 visitors enjoyed American Air Day at Imperial War Museum Duxford last Friday.

The family-friendly day presented a packed programme of entertainment, including fly pasts by USAFE aircraft, including the MC-130 H/P transport, KC-135 tanker, F-15 Eagle fighter jet and HH-60 helicopter.

Duxford's flying partners showcased some truly legendary American aircraft, in some fantastic flying displays, including the F-86 Sabre, P-51 Mustang, Stearman and Cub.

USAFE personnel showcased their work in the UK in some exciting ground displays, including a security forces display, a weather display, munitions display and a military working dog demonstration.


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On the airfield, there were demonstrations of a parachute jump and a combat search and rescue demonstration.

There were also displays of classic American cars and motorbikes, and performances by USAFE's very own rock band, Touch 'n' Go, which added to the fun and relaxed atmosphere of the day.

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Major General Mark R Zamzow, Vice Commandery of the 3rd Air Force, said: "We had a great day out at Duxford, and we really enjoyed getting to put on a show for our British friends and neighbours.

"Our hosts at Duxford provided a fantastic venue, with a real historical significance that serves to inform visitors of the long and vital partnership enjoyed between the US Air Force and the Royal Air Force.

"We hope that everyone who came out enjoyed what they saw and got to know a little more about the US Air Force and the history of aviation in the UK."

Major Robert A Lindblom, 48th Fighter Wing, said: "I'm thrilled with the success of the 2009 American Air Day event. The tremendous attendance is a testament to the deep ties between the British and American people.

"Having such a large turnout makes all the time and effort spent in preparing for the day more than worthwhile.

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