Thrilling flying displays at 2019 Duxford Air Festival

PUBLISHED: 18:30 26 May 2019 | UPDATED: 10:25 05 June 2019

Agusta Westland Apache AHMk1 Helicopter in mock attack at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Agusta Westland Apache AHMk1 Helicopter in mock attack at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Gerry Weatherhead

More than 23,000 spectators visited this year's Duxford Air Festival over the Spring May Bank Holiday weekend.

The AeroSuperBatics wingwalkers performing at the 2019 Duxford Air Festival over the Spring May Bank Holiday weekend at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWMThe AeroSuperBatics wingwalkers performing at the 2019 Duxford Air Festival over the Spring May Bank Holiday weekend at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM

The annual air show at IWM Duxford celebrated the 75th anniversary of the jet engine.

And there was plenty for visitors to enjoy - from the powerful Typhoon FGR4, the RAF's current first-line combat aircraft, to the graceful AeroSuperBatics wingwalkers.

There were stunning air displays in the skies above the historic World War Two airfield in Cambridgeshire and informative exhibitions on the ground across the museum and showground site, highlighting inspiring inventions and ground-breaking innovations over the years.

Among the fantastic flying displays families were able to enjoy over the two days were the Breitling Jet Team flying L-39C Albatros high-performance jet trainers, Strikemasters, B-17 Flying Fortress 'Sally B' and the return of the incredible Blades aerobatics team.

A Strikemaster pair take to the skies at the 2019 Duxford Air Festival at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWMA Strikemaster pair take to the skies at the 2019 Duxford Air Festival at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM

The 2019 Duxford Air Festival also featured the power and might of helicopters.

The RAF Chinook display team showcased the twin-engined, tandem rotor helicopter's versatility, while the awesome Apache display team highlighted the attack aircraft's combat capabilities with a jaw-dropping explosive finale.

For those not looking to the skies, visitors could learn to beatbox with Randolph Matthews at the museum.

On Spring Bank Holiday Monday, May 27, there will be a Showcase Day at IWM Duxford.

The Blades dIsplay team at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadThe Blades dIsplay team at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Expect to see the museum's USAAF Memorial formation featuring Flying Fortress 'Sally B', P-51D Mustang and P-47D Thunderbolt in the skies.

Viewing is free with general admission.

The next major air show at IWM Duxford will be the 27th edition of the world famous Flying Legends aerial spectacular.

This will take place on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14, with the Red Arrows opening the show on the first day.

Tickets are on sale now via Duxford's website.

Visit www.iwm.org.uk for more details and to buy advance tickets.

Before the Flying Legends Air Show in July, the Daks Over Duxford event on June 4 and June 5 will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

As part of IWM's D-Day75 anniversary week of events, Daks Over Duxford will unite the greatest number of Douglas C-47 Skytrain and Dakota aircraft in one location since the Second World War.

A Spitfire lines up on the airfield at the 2019 Duxford Air Festival at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWMA Spitfire lines up on the airfield at the 2019 Duxford Air Festival at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM

Beatboxer Randolph Matthews combined aeroplane sounds with visitors' voices at the 2019 Duxford Air Festival at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWMBeatboxer Randolph Matthews combined aeroplane sounds with visitors' voices at the 2019 Duxford Air Festival at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM

Young visitors playing dress up at 2019's Duxford Air Festival at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWMYoung visitors playing dress up at 2019's Duxford Air Festival at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM

The Blades aerobatic display team take to the skies at this May Bank Holiday's air show at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWMThe Blades aerobatic display team take to the skies at this May Bank Holiday's air show at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM

TF-51D Mustang & P-47D Thunderbolt at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadTF-51D Mustang & P-47D Thunderbolt at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Visitors enjoying the 2019 Duxford Air Festival over the late May Bank Holiday weekend at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWMVisitors enjoying the 2019 Duxford Air Festival over the late May Bank Holiday weekend at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM

Young visitors gaze up at the air displays at the 2019 Duxford Air Festival at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWMYoung visitors gaze up at the air displays at the 2019 Duxford Air Festival at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM

The 2019 Duxford Air Festival welcomed over 23,000 visitors over the weekend to IWM Duxford. Picture: IWMThe 2019 Duxford Air Festival welcomed over 23,000 visitors over the weekend to IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM

Sioux and Scout helicopters performing with the Historic Army Aircraft Flight at the 2019 Duxford Air Festival over the weekend at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWMSioux and Scout helicopters performing with the Historic Army Aircraft Flight at the 2019 Duxford Air Festival over the weekend at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM

Over 23,000 visitors attended the 2019 Duxford Air Festival over the weekend at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWMOver 23,000 visitors attended the 2019 Duxford Air Festival over the weekend at IWM Duxford. Picture: IWM

Supermarine Spitfire Mk1a at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadSupermarine Spitfire Mk1a at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

BAE Systems Typhoon FGR4 at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadBAE Systems Typhoon FGR4 at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

The Aero L-39 Albatros Breitling display team at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadThe Aero L-39 Albatros Breitling display team at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

The Aero L-39 Albatros Breitling display team at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadThe Aero L-39 Albatros Breitling display team at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

The Aero L-39 Albatros Breitling display team at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadThe Aero L-39 Albatros Breitling display team at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

P-51 Mustang at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadP-51 Mustang at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

Boeing PT-17 Stearman wingwalkers at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry WeatherheadBoeing PT-17 Stearman wingwalkers at the Duxford Air Festival 2019. Picture: Gerry Weatherhead

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