• Air show season takes off at Duxford

    Fantastic female pilots are the stars of Duxford’s Spring Air Show which launches events on Sunday, as it celebrates the integral role played by women in the development of aviation.


    The Spring Air Show presents stunning aerial displays by a formidable line-up of superbly talented female aviators.

    Anna Walker (flying a Supermarine Seafire and Bucker Jungmann aircraft), Angie Soper (flying a Yak 11), Diana Britten (flying a CAP 232), Carolyn Grace (flying the Grace Spitfire and a Stampe), Judy Leden MBE (flying a hang glider with microlight tug pilot Shelley Smith), Tricia Neville (displaying the Thruxton Jackaroo G-ANTZ), Leah Hammond (flying the Auster) and Clare Tector (flying the Chilton monoplane) will all be thrilling the crowds.

    The flying programme will be completed with a display by Flight Lieutenant Juliette Fleming flying the BAE Systems Hawk and by Jeanne Frazer, IWM Duxford’s flying display director, who will be flying a Piper L4 Cub.

    Then, on Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29 the Imperial War Museum Duxford welcomes the very best British aerobatics pilots, as they compete for the Duxford Trophy.

    The 2011 Duxford Trophy promises to be even more visually exciting than in previous years, with an enhanced competitive zeal amongst the pilots, leading to more dynamically exciting displays.

    For the first time, The British Aerobatic Association has been granted the right to award the inaugural Queen’s Air Race Challenge Cup to the winner of its Speed Aerobatics contest.

    Participants in the 2011 competition are amongst the most skilful aerobatic pilots in the UK, with proven records in competition at Advanced and Unlimited levels. They include members of the British Aerobatic Team representing Great Britain at international events.

    For further information visit www.iwm.org.uk/duxford
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    1. Irishmicro's Avatar
      Irishmicro -
      Sounds like a fantastic event, I hope the weather stays good for all.
    1. RichardP's Avatar
      RichardP -
      Despite the wind howling, the low/slow planes didn't leave the tarmac The bigger/faster birds done an awesome display.. The Catalina flying really floated my boat - what a majestic beast.