IWM Duxford Air Festival 2017

Duxford Air Festival is an annual airshow held at IWM Duxford in Cambridgeshire, England. The Duxford museum is one of the best in the country; it has several hangars and displays and features original buildings from when the base was operated by the RAF, such as officers mess, sleeping areas, fighter command centres etc.

I was there yesterday to check out the explosive flying display! These shots have not been edited but I just wanted to provide some previews of the 2,000+ photos I took. I will be posting edited versions on my Instagram account over the next few weeks: https://www.instagram.com/avi_spotter/

Please do not use my photos without permission :) Enjoy!

USAF CV-22B Osprey

Army Air Corps Westland WAH-64D Apache Longbow

British Army Parachute Regiment “The Red Devils” dispay team boardingBritten-Norman BN-2A Islander G-AXUB to take them up to 4,500ft to jump

Bronco Demo Team North American Rockwell OV-10B Bronco 99+18 (G-ONAA) taxiing out to start her display

Titles of " Lest We Forget" and “1914-1918” are painted on the aircraft in addition to Red Poppies along the tail section, a tribute to those who perished in WWI

Tony de Bruyn waves to the crowds at his taxiies in after the display

One of the eight “Red Devils” carried a large Union Flag with him on the jump

Flt Lt Ryan Lawton piloted Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4 ZK354 of RAF Coningsby 29® Squadron at the show. Unfortunately, my 200mm lens wasn’t quite good enough to get fully framed shots. However, as the files are very large, I can edit and crop them a lot.

The Breitling Wingwalkers pulled off a smoky display

The girls perched rather precariously on the Boeing Stearman’s top wing as they waved to the crowds after their performance

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress “Sally B” 44-85784 (G-BEDF) fly was a real treat so see fly, as she had been grounded on all my previous visits to Duxford. She was escorted by North American TF-51D Mustang “Miss Velma” 44-84847 (N251RJ)

Miss Velma carries out a typical curved approach behind an Apache before her pilot waves to the crowds

The Great War display team were up next, allowing this special “Old and Older” shot to take place

BAC 167 Strikemaster Mk.82A in Sultan of Oman’s Air Force colour scheme (left) flew with BAC Jet Provost T.5 in RAF Trainer colours

The two jet trainers taxi back in

De Havilland DH-89A Dominie/Dragon Rapide G-AGJG (left) flies with De Havilland DH-90A Dragonfly D-AEDU

Noorduyn Aviation UC-64 Norseman in Norwegian Air Force colours. Creative?

The Catalina Society Consolidated PBY-5A 433915 (G-PBYA) Catalina flying boat demos over the Trig Aerobatics Pitts S.1S Specials

Now I know it’s dark and that’s my fault. Everyone was looking out for the Rafale and then boom, there it was. I should have had my camera ready, but I didn’t, so when I flicked the switch to On, my finger knocked the mode for Shutter Priority to Manual, which fluffed up my preset shutter, ISO etc. Grrrr

Overall, the Armée de l’Air Dassault Rafale C of Saint-Dizier Escadron de Chasse 01-007 “Provence” was the highlight of the show. The French display was faster, louder, lower and a lot better than the British Typhoon. The French display pilot put his jet through a lot more, with some very impressive tight maneuvers. And another thing, check out the 4th picture of the Rafale; a supersonic condensation ring is building up!

I hope you enjoyed these pictures! There were all taken using a Canon EOS 700D with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Zoom lens. If you have any questions or advice, please comment!

I have certainly learned some lessons from this trip

  1. Always have your camera ready
  2. A 200mm lens is not good enough!

Beautiful!! I love the Apache and the Osprey!

The Armée de l’Air Dassault team looks pretty neat aswell…

Thanks for sharing with us!

No problem! The Osprey was a very cool addition to the static display!

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Amazing shots, man! 👏👏👏

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Thank you very much!

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Those are some crazy shots! Well done.

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