Imperial War Museum VE Day Air Show

  • May 27, 2015 5:05am GMT

The U.S. recognized VE Day with an impressive fly-over of the Mall in Washington D.C. The Imperial War Museum Duxford near Cambridge held their VE Day Anniversary Air Show, 23 and 24 May 2015. It featured an outstanding collection of flying historic aircraft in rare formations (see video highlights below from PlanesTV)

The museum is set within a historic site where you can learn about Duxford’s role in the First World War, Second World War and the Cold War. The American Air Museum (one of their eight exhibition buildings) is closed until Spring 2016 for a make-over. Until September, you can get up close to most of the iconic US aircraft from the exhibition in new locations across the museum.

It is Britain’s best-preserved Second World War fighter station with a remarkable history that dates back to its establishment in 1918. This famous heritage site began life as an airfield during the latter stages of the First World War. It went on to play a vital role during the Second World War, firstly as an RAF fighter station during the Battle of Britain and later as a United States Army Air Force fighter base. IWM Duxford is still a working airfield today from which historic aircraft fly on a daily basis.

Duxford also houses one of the finest collections of tanks, military vehicles and large exhibits in the country.

Legends Of Flight Air Show

The 22nd Edition of this world famous aerial spectacular will be held at Duxford on the 11th and 12th July. Enjoy world class, unrivalled, choreographed displays featuring unique aircraft types rarely seen together in the UK skies or anywhere else. Flying Legends culminates in the finale Balbo formation when all the WWII fighters take to the skies in a mass flypast. (see video trailer below)

The Battle of Britain Anniversary Air Show

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September 2015, The Battle of Britain Anniversary Air Show commemorates the 75th anniversary of this famous aerial battle. RAF Duxford’s role as home to the first Spitfire squadrons and some of the RAF’s best-known fighter pilots, including Douglas Bader will be honured. IWM Duxford will be open from 8am to 6pm. The flying display will start at 2pm and finish at approximately 5.30pm, leaving plenty of time in the morning to explore the whole of the museum. (Photos below videos)

IWM is a family of five museums: IWM London; IWM North in Trafford, Greater Manchester; IWM Duxford near Cambridge; the Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall, London; and the historic ship HMS Belfast, moored in the Pool of London on the River Thames. They are partially government-funded but seek sponsorship and donations to sustain their programmes.