RAF Centenary finale presents 100 years of flying at the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show
The Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show will bring the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF) to a resounding
finale with a celebration of 100 years of RAF history and a vision of its innovative future capability, both in
the air and on the ground.
Flying displays from the RAF include the Red Arrows display team, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Avro Lancaster, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Grob 115E Tutor. In celebration of the prestigious
617 Squadron, renowned for the Second World War Dambusters Raid, there will be a display of the
squadron’s aircraft, past, present and future, featuring the Avro Lancaster, Tornado GR4 and F-35B
Lightning II. The air show will also include one of the last flying displays by the Tornado GR4 before it
retires from active service in 2019.
In a unique display for IWM Duxford in 2018, the RAF will demonstrate its air-to-air refueling capabilities
with the Voyager KC Mk.2 tanker taking to the skies alongside an immense Atlas A400M transport aircraft
and two Eurofighter Typhoons.
The RAF100 Inspire Showcase will take over IWM Duxford’s Conservation Hall in the AirSpace exhibition,
showcasing cutting-edge technological developments from the Royal Air Force’s industry partners,
including BAE Systems, Airbus and Fujitsu, who are presenting a large-scale virtual flying display. The
RAF100 Inspire Zone hosts the final of the Royal Air Force Engineering Competition 2018 on 22
September and the winners of this esteemed competition will be announced at the air show.
An array of historic aircraft from the past 100 years will take to the skies, showing the development of the
RAF from its earliest aeroplanes flown in 1918, when Duxford first opened as an RAF station, through to
aircraft from the 1930s, Second World War and the Korean War.
The Battle of Britain, a pivotal moment for the Royal Air Force and RAF Duxford, will be demonstrated by
historic aircraft which would have been flown by RAF pilots during the Second World War. Up to twenty
Spitfires will take to the air in a poignant massed flypast and tailchase display. Six Hawker Hurricanes will
fly in formation and the rare Bristol Blenheim will fly with a Lysander (famous for dropping agents into
occupied France in the Second World War) and a Gloster Gladiator biplane.
On the ground at the air show, visitors will be transported back to the 1940s and experience the sights
and sounds that kept spirits up during the Battle of Britain, from dancing the jitterbug to live bands to
meeting a cast of wartime characters, wearing forties fashion, having a 1940s hairstyle and playing
family-focused games of the era.
As seen on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, the wartime spirit will also be brought to life by the heartfelt
harmonies of the D-Day Darlings.
In the Meet the Authors tent, there will be talks, question and answer sessions and book signings with
well-respected history authors, including historian, writer and broadcaster James Holland, who regularly
presents documentaries for the BBC and was the history expert for the BBC One broadcast of the
RAF 100 flypast in July 2018.
Tickets for all air shows must be booked in advance; no on the day tickets are available. A
fantastic Early Bird offer is available until Sunday 9 September and kids go free when an adult
ticket is purchased for the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show.
· All flying is subject to weather, serviceability and operational commitments.
· *Kids go free when an adult purchases a ticket for the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show.
· All information in this press release is correct at the time of issue.
· Tickets for all air shows must be booked in advance; no on the day tickets are available.
· Early Bird tickets are available until Sunday 9 September for the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show.