Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Marc Arys - Translation: David Niemegeerts  sbap 2016
   
 

The first airshow of 2016 at Duxford, was dedicated to American aviation, where everything was related with our allies on the other side of the Atlantic. Why this theme? Simply to emphasize the reopening of the museum dedicated to American aviation at the Imperial War Museum Duxford. This building was temporary closed for renovation purposes, to freshen up some old residents, and to redesign this section. Believe it, it is a real success, and the novelty this time is an explanatory and interactive journey, immersing you in the rich history of the USAF.
The airshow was therefore mainly focused on American pilots, their squadrons or types of aircraft used by the US Air Force, but also on the US Army, the US Navy, and the Marine Corps.
To structure this article, we have split the pictures by theme, and have tried to respect a certain historical chronology.
It all began with the First World War, and the famous squadron "Lafayette" which, as you know is celebrating its centenary of creation with a handful of volunteering pilots, and their arrival on the continent at war. Then we jump further into history, with the aviation in between the wars with a magnificent Ryan ST-A, acquired recently by Peter Holloway, and the famous Boeing PT-17 "Kaydet". The racer period was ensured by the race aircraft LeVier Cosmic Wind " Balerina ". Next, a reminder of the fact that the Americans also used planes that weren't produced in their own national homeland, such as the De Havilland DH.89A "Dragon Rapide". Training and observation were done by a trio of North American T-6 or AT-16 "Harvard", and the well known Piper L-4 "Cub", which was the delight at the post-war flying clubs.
Next in history, we're taken to December 7th 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the entry into war of the United States, against the Axis forces. A simulated attack by a "Zero" fighter (a modified Harvard) and the takeoff by four American made aircraft that have left their mark on the aeronautical industry across the Atlantic, the Goodyear FG-1D "Corsair", the Curtiss P-40C "Warhawk", the Curtiss H-75 "Hawk" and the Grumman FM-2 "Wildcat".
After the Pacific, it was time to see what happened on the European theater with bombings on Germany by the USAF's B-17's. It was the B-17G "Sally B" who was up next to take off majestically, followed by two North American P-51D "Mustang", who had as mission to protect the bombers en route to the "Reich", but soon the enemy showed up in the form of two Hispano HA-1112 "Buchon", alias Messerschmitt Bf-109. The war in the skies of Europe wreaked havoc, and time passes. It was the morning of the 6th of June 1944, a turning point in history thanks to the Normandy Landings (Operation Neptune), but also due to the Douglas C-47A "Skytrain", which brought airborne troops into the heart of battle.
The second World War came to an end, but very soon America would find itself in other conflicts, such as the Korean war, but also the Vietnam War. To represent this somewhat more contemporary period, presentations were done by a North American T-28B " Fennec ", a De Havilland Canada DHC-2 " Beaver ", a Short SC-7 " Skyvan " to represent the American model " Sherpa ", and a North American - Rockwell OV-10B " Bronco ".
But the Vietnam war and its strong images are certainly those with the helicopters that dropped or picked up troops in the jungle. Everyone remembers the movie "Apocalypse Now", and the waves of Bell UH-1H "Iroquois", or the Hughes OH-6A "Cayuse". Those two mythical choppers were well present at Duxford, for the pleasure of eyes and ears, what concerns the "Iroquois".
Next we enter the modern era, with long distance deployment thanks to the Boeing KC-135R "Stratotanker" based in the UK, part of the 100th Air Refueling Wing of Mildenhall.
Unfortunately the conflicts around the world continue, and we find the American Forces in the Afghan, Syrian or Iraq War, with combat helicopters such as the Agusta-Westland AH Mk1 " Apache ", but the icing on the cake was by the presence of a CV-22B " Osprey " on static display, with the unique opportunity to have been able to assist in its preparation and takeoff Sunday evening, so that it could return to its home base at Mildenhall.
There it is, the overview of American aviation by the organizers, and it was a phenomenal spectacle, we must admit. In addition to all this, the audience also had the pleasure of admiring many more demonstrations, for starters the Saturday opening was taken care of by the Patrouille de France, as tribute to the " Lavayette " Squadron. Further spectacles was assured by the Matadors team. The Royal Air Force was, that goes without saying, also present with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a solo display by the "Typhoon" from the 29th Squadron of Coningsby, and of course the irreplaceable "Red Arrows", who were already in top form at the beginning of this season.
After this start-up, all eyes are already turning to the next show, the famous "Flying Legends". So, if you haven't been to Duxford yet, and aviation is your passion, it's definitely time to take the step and go witness this excellent show on this mythical RAF base, and appreciate the historical heritage in the " Imperial War Museum ".
The SBAP team would like to thank Mrs. Esther Blaine Public Relations Manager and her media team wholeheartedly, for their warm welcome, and their offered facilities during the American Airshow.

  
 The beautiful Ryan ST-A ( Serge Van Heertum)
   North American Navion (N4956C) ( Marc Arys) CV-22B "Osprey" ( Serge Van Heertum)
( Serge Van Heertum) ( Serge Van Heertum)
( Serge Van Heertum) ( Serge Van Heertum)
( Serge Van Heertum) ( Marc Arys)
 
The American Airshow
 
Tribute to the "Lafayette" squadron  ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Marc Arys)
( Serge Van Heertum) ( Serge Van Heertum)
Ryan ST-A ( Serge Van Heertum) Boeing PT-17 "Kaydet" ( Serge Van Heertum)
( Serge Van Heertum) ( Marc Arys)
 Racer period ( Marc Arys) LeVier Cosmic Wind ( Serge Van Heertum)
De Havilland DH.89A "Dragon Rapide" ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Serge Van Heertum)
Piper L-4 "Cub" ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Marc Arys)
( Serge Van Heertum) North American T-6 and AT-16 "Harvard" ( Serge Van Heertum)
( Marc Arys) ( Serge Van Heertum)
Tribute to the Eagle Squadron ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Serge Van Heertum)
( Serge Van Heertum) ( Marc Arys)
( Serge Van Heertum) ( Marc Arys)
December 7th, 1941... ( Serge Van Heertum) ... the Japanese attack ( Serge Van Heertum)
Goodyear FG-1D "Corsair" ( Serge Van Heertum) Curtiss P-40C "Warhawk" ( Serge Van Heertum)
Curtiss H-75 "Hawk" ( Marc Arys) Grumman FM-2 "Wildcat" ( Serge Van Heertum)
( Serge Van Heertum)
The war in Europe ( Serge Van Heertum) North American P-51D "Mustang" ( Serge Van Heertum)
( Marc Arys) The Luftwaffe is there! ( Serge Van Heertum)
 Boeing B-17G "Flying fortress" in difficulties ( Marc Arys) ( Serge Van Heertum)
U.S. ground personnal and vehicles ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Serge Van Heertum)
( Serge Van Heertum) Another one for the Third Reich... ( Serge Van Heertum)
June 6th, 1944 the invasion begin  ( Serge Van Heertum) Douglas C-47A "Skytrain" ( Serge Van Heertum)
( Marc Arys) ( Serge Van Heertum)
( Marc Arys) ( Serge Van Heertum)
Vietnam war ( Serge Van Heertum) De Havilland Canada DHC-2 "Beaver  ( Marc Arys)
North American T-28B "Fennec"  ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Serge Van Heertum)
( Marc Arys) ( Serge Van Heertum)
Short SC-7 "Skyvan" ( Serge Van Heertum) North American - Rockwell OV-10B " Bronco" ( Marc Arys)
( Serge Van Heertum) ( Serge Van Heertum)
( Serge Van Heertum) ( Marc Arys)
Hughes OH-6A "Cayuse"  ( Serge Van Heertum) Bell UH-1H "Iroquois"  ( Serge Van Heertum)
( Marc Arys) ( Marc Arys)
( Serge Van Heertum) Remember "Apocalypse Now"... ( Serge Van Heertum)
Boeing KC-135R "Stratotanker" ( Serge Van Heertum) 100 ARW Mildenhall based ( Serge Van Heertum)
Agusta-Westland AH Mk1 " Apache " ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Marc Arys)
The modern war ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Marc Arys)
( Serge Van Heertum) ( Serge Van Heertum)
 
Bell / Boeing CV-22B "Osprey"
 

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is an American multi-mission, tiltrotor military aircraft with both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capabilities. It is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.
The V-22 originated from the United States Department of Defense Joint-service Vertical take-off/landing Experimental (JVX) aircraft program started in 1981. The team of Bell Helicopter and Boeing Helicopters was awarded a development contract in 1983 for the tiltrotor aircraft. The Bell Boeing team jointly produce the aircraft. The V-22 first flew in 1989, and began flight testing and design alterations; the complexity and difficulties of being the first tiltrotor intended for military service in the world led to many years of development.
The United States Marine Corps began crew training for the Osprey in 2000, and fielded it in 2007; it supplemented and then replaced their Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knights. The Osprey's other operator, the U.S. Air Force, fielded their version of the tiltrotor in 2009. Since entering service with the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force, the Osprey has been deployed in transportation and medevac operations over Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Kuwait.

 
 ( Serge Van Heertum)
 
 
Other display
 
 Tribute to the "Lafayette" Squadron by the Patrouille de France ( Marc Arys) ( Serge Van Heertum)
 ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Marc Arys)
 Battle of Britain Memorial Flight ( Marc Arys) Hawker Hurricane Mk I ( Serge Van Heertum)
 Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Marc Arys)
 The Matadors  ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Serge Van Heertum)
 ( Marc Arys) XtremeAir XA41 ( Marc Arys)
 ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Serge Van Heertum)
 RAF "Typhoon" solo display ( Serge Van Heertum) 29 Sqn Coningsby ( Marc Arys)
 ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Serge Van Heertum)
 The Red Arrows in top form... ( Serge Van Heertum)
 ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Serge Van Heertum)
 ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Serge Van Heertum)
 ( Marc Arys) ( Serge Van Heertum)
 ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Serge Van Heertum)
 ( Marc Arys)
 ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Marc Arys)
( Marc Arys) Eurocopter AS.350-HT.1 ( Serge Van Heertum)
 Boeing A75L "Stearman" ( Serge Van Heertum) De Havilland DH.89A "Dragon Rapide" ( Serge Van Heertum)
 De Havilland DH.82A "Tiger Moth" ( Serge Van Heertum) ( Serge Van Heertum)
 The work continue self after the show... ( Serge Van Heertum) ...be ready for the next Duxford Airshow ( Serge Van Heertum)
 
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the famous Flying Legends Airshow
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