Sophie and James take the controls.
Sophie and James take the controls.
In the hanger on Imperial War Museum, Duxford.
In the hanger on Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

Duxford Air Festival, Imperial War Museum, Duxford

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Kids in Museums volunteer Sarah Yeneralski reviews the thrilling Air Festival, full of entertainment in the sky and on the ground. 

This year marks the Duxford Centenary as an airfield. As a family, we had been looking forward to visiting the Duxford Air Festival since buying our tickets many months ago. Our spirits were dampened somewhat by the hour long delay on the journey to Duxford which caused us to miss the flight line walk included in our Silver Tickets but we were still excited about what the day held in store.

An early highlight of the day was the Breitling Wingwalkers – two daring ladies whose displays included handstands and acrobatics whilst strapped to the top wings of these planes. It was all very exciting for kids and adults alike.

Unfortunately, the Red Devils were unable to perform their parachute display due to high winds but they still received cheers from the crowds as they took the time to meet everyone.

The highlight of the day for us was the awesome Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4. My son was blown away at its incredible speed and deafening roar. My younger daughter did find the noise a bit difficult to cope with though. I noticed that many young children were wearing ear defenders – a good idea for children who would be bothered by the noise.

The ever popular Spitfires finished off the show to the delight of the crowd.

In addition to the flight displays, there was plenty else to do as there were also rides and stalls on offer, the main body of the museum was open too. This meant families could be kept busy even after the show, by wandering around the Imperial War Museum. We had a lovely chat to the engineers of the Typhoon Fighter on their stall and they very kindly gave us some posters for the kids to take home, much to the children’s joy.

All in all, the day was a great success and I would thoroughly recommend visiting the next air shows that the Imperial War Museum has to offer.

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show

Sat 23 September 2017 – Sun 24 September 2017

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