Model SR-71 Blackbird to star at Duxford Imperial War Museum

PUBLISHED: 17:07 20 July 2010

Large Flying Model Show

Large Flying Model Show

Imperial War Museum

IMPERIAL War Museum Duxford will be hosting an air display with a difference this weekend as members of the Large Flying Model Association return to the museum for their annual visit.

IMPERIAL War Museum Duxford will be hosting an air display with a difference this weekend as members of the Large Flying Model Association return to the museum for their annual visit.

Highlight of the show for many will be a miniature SR-71 Blackbird – a faithful replica of the legendary United States Air Force spy plane – that recreates the remarkable sight and sound of the Blackbird in flight.

Equally impressive will be the 18 foot-long model B-17 bomber, painted in the colours of Mary Alice, Duxford’s very own B-17.

After watching these two models perform their own displays, visitors can also see the originals in Duxford’s American Air Museum and marvel at how detailed and accurate the flying models really are.

Up to 60 models are expected over the weekend. On Saturday (July 24) the models will be on static display only for visitors to inspect. The models’ owners will be on hand to discuss the work that goes into creating and flying these amazing miniature aircraft and to share hints and tips with enthusiasts and aspiring young modellers.

Sunday (July 25) is air display day as the models are powered-up and take to the air to demonstrate their performance, operated by some of the UK’s top large model ‘pilots’. The models, essentially small unmanned aircraft, are radio controlled using state-of-the-art equipment and often need two or more crew on the ground to keep them in the air.

In keeping with this summer’s Battle of Britain anniversary theme at IWM Duxford, members of the Large Flying Model Association will be flying a tribute to The Few, with a model formation of Spitfire, Hurricane and Messerschmitt 109. The rest of the display showcases a wide variety of propeller and jet-engined aircraft from across the twentieth century.

The museum opens at 10am each day. On Sunday, the flying will be between 10am and 1pm and between 2pm and 5pm. All model flying is subject to weather and serviceability.

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