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The theme of the IWM Duxford Spring Show was the 70th anniversary of the arrival at RAF Duxford in 1942 of the 8th Air Force in the shape of the 78th Fighter Group, United States Army Air Force. As part of that commemoration the ‘Eagle Squadron’ was formed creating a unique display team of a Spitfire Mk 1a/AR213 and Hurricane/AE977 specially painted in Eagle Squadron markings. P-51C Mustang/Princess Elizabeth which was specially brought over to the UK from its home base in America and joined the TFC based P-47 Thunderbolt/Snafu to make up the four ship team. They opened the show with a missing man formation that was the start of a minute’s silence to remember the American airmen who served in the European campaign. They returned for a few group passes and then split into two pairs British/American for separate displays. They finished with a pass along the crowd line escorting B-17 Sally-B. They took off towards the end of the show for a unique formation flypast over the airfield with the Red Arrows. Overall an excellent start to the Duxford air show season with the blue sky and sunshine helping to draw in the crowds and I heard that the gates were closed to vehicles as the car parks had reached maximum capacity although pedestrians could still enter the museum site.

IWM Duxford Spring Air Show ~ 26th May 2013

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