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Duxford Air Show - 209 Sqn

Article posted: Oct 31, 2012 by Sqn Ldr Wilson

Air Cadets from 209 (West Bridgford) visited the 2012 Duxford Airshow. With Duxford being an Imperial War Museum there was plenty to see before the flying display started. The Airspace Hall, American Air Museum and Air and Sea Hangar each held a large and varied display of aircraft while the Land Warfare Hall featured tanks and fighting vehicles from World War two along with displays about the Burma Star veterans association.

The airshow started with a rare, and brief flypast by four USAF F15 Eagles which was followed by a role demonstration by two RAF Tornados. The commentator described the demonstration which was based on the RAFs experience in Afghanistan of dealing with small groups of insurgents. The Tornados circled around the insurgents location before over flying them as a show of strength. With the insurgents not responding to the warning one of the Tornados swept in and bombed the location.

Vintage aircraft were well represented in show with displays by among others a B-17 Flying Fortress, Grumman Bearcat, Curtis Hawk and P-47 Thunderbolt. The best display of the day came courtesy of the Norwegian Air Force. Two of their F16 Fighting Falcons and two de Havilland Vampires from the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron flew a formation and acrobatic display.

Cadet Ryan Ware said of the trip “The Airspace Museum was good but the bit I enjoyed seeing was the Tornado display because it was really loud!”