In Pictures: Spitfire celebrates its 75th anniversary at Duxford

By Nick Owen | 05 September 2011
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Spitfires take to the skies over Duxford
© Imperial War Museum Duxford
Thousands of visitors flocked to the Duxford Air Show this weekend for a thrilling display of aerial acrobatics to mark the 75th anniversary of the Spitfire.

The iconic aircraft was commemorated in style with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight displayed by the Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane.

A Hispano HA-1112 Bouchon and Hawker Hurricane recreated dogfights of the Battle of Britain, as well as the only UK appearance this year of the F-15-E Strike Eagle.

The aerial excitement was provided by aerobatic masters The Aerostars and the SWIP Twister Duo.

Other highlights included the RAF Westland Sea King performing an Air Sea Rescue demonstration, as well as energetic displays by an Apache helicopter and the B-17 Flying Fortress, Sally B.

An appreciative silence fell throughout the audience for the grand flying finale as seven Spitfires took to the skies over Duxford.

The Second World War was also brought to life over the weekend by living history groups, providing an authentic 1940s atmosphere.

More pictures from this weekend's events:

Living history groups brought the Second World War to life over the weekend
RAF Ops 1939-45 brought the Second World War back to life at IWM Duxford© Imperial War Museum Duxford
Thousands gathered for the aerial displays over the weekend
Crowds of visitors look on at the Spitfires on static display prior to the commencement of the afternoon’s flying programme.© Imperial War Museum Duxford
More planes at Duxford
The F15-E Strike Eagle demonstration amazed visitors with a stunning display.© Imperial War Museum Duxford
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