One of our biggest days. The Duxford Air Show is attended by over 200,000 people each July. We have been attending the Air Show here since 2010 and each year there are surprises amongst the flights of the Legends of the 2nd World War and before, these are the Flying Legends. Spitfires, Hurricanes, a B17, planes of the Pacific War and many more.
After a back roads route to Duxford, that was selected as many times in the past we have been caught in long traffic jams. This year, we were not and arrived much before the crowds. We established ourselves in the enclosure of "Friends of the Fighters". This is a very central location from where to watch the flying displays and as a base to check all the hangars that hold the displays.
Early on, up until 1200 one can walk out onto the tarmac to all those attending to walk between the planes that are to fly later in the day for a closer look and to take photos. Many people take that opportunity to come out onto the flight line to get close to the planes.
The flying display started with the 7 Spitfires and proceeded throughout a very full programme to the delight of those present but the highlight for me was the flight of 2 planes, together, to commemorate the defence of the skies over Europe by the USA Air Force over the last 75 years. The planes were a 2nd World War Mustang and a current supersonic jet, the F22 Raptor. It was quite moving watching them fly past so close together as a tribute to the past and present. Finally, the Raptor passed at great speed with the after burners on full power, A wonderful finale.
We left after the final display where all or most of the planes that had flown that day climbed into the sky for a group fly past, the Balboa as it is called.
A nice ride "home" through back roads and quaint villages.