Text: Serge Van Heertum - Translations: Marc Arys
Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Marc Arys
© sbap 2018
 

As of now, the third and last opus of the airshow season patched together by the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, holds the name "Battle of Britain" airshow referring to this inescapable page of history which had its climax during the months of September and October 1940.
But the main theme of this year's show was the centenary of the Royal Air Force. Moreover, the Duxford airshow was the last one to be integrated in the various commemorations which took place all along 2018 to emphasize on the 100 years of this Great Lady.
Most of the participants wore the Royal Air Force roundels and the variety was predominant, from the First War to modern jets, from trainer to transport aircraft, in short numerous aircraft, sometimes rarely seen on the airshow scene.
After the morning walk allowing us to have a close look at some superb airplanes, visit the various exhibitions, with, among other things, the engine of the Fokker DR.1 from Manfred Von Richthofen; or the scale models of the Ruhr dams, having been used in preparation of "Operation Chastise"; having a closer look at the RAF community in an especially dedicated "village", it was time to move on to the flying program, which was mostly tantalizing, as you will see through the pictures.
First War was represented by the Bristol F.2B Fighter of the Shuttleworth Collection and this was not the only one having flown in from Old Warden. The Hawker Nimrod pair, recalled the colours of the RAF from in between the wars. Followed by a wide variety of aircraft having marked the Second World War, from the Hawker Hurricane to the Avro Lancaster, through the Spitfire, Blenheim, Lysander and Gladiator.
The period of the second war was also emphasized by a flight opposing four Buchón to a pair of Soviet Yak 3.

  
The public could also admire the Flying Fortress and the Catalina, although both airplanes sported the starred roundel of Uncle Sam, they were representing the Coastal Command that was at this period under the leadership of the Royal Air Force.
Other themes were evenly put forward, such as the training part with the Avro Tutor, De Havilland Tiger Moth, Miles Magister, De Havilland Canada Chipmunk, Bristol Bulldog, Percival Prentice and on the "jet" side, the BAC Jet Provost and Folland Gnat.
Transport was also well represented with the De Havilland Dragon Rapide, the Avro Anson, the De Havilland Dove, the Percival Pembroke and finally the A400M Atlas C.1. Noteworthy is the fact that these last five wore or will be wearing the Belgian colours... History when you hold us...
The Royal Air Force also payed tribute to 617 Dambusters Squadron, renowned by "Operation Chastise", the raid on the Ruhr dams and the attack on the German battleship "Tirpitz", with a fly-by of the BBMF Lancaster together with a Tornado GR4 (which will end its career within the RAF in 2019) and a F-35B Lightning II, recently arrived in Great-Britain and wearing the colours of the reactivated 617 Squadron. A beautiful tribute to all the men of 617!
Jet age of the 50's-60's was present through a pair of Vampires from the Norwegian Historic Squadron, but for the 2018 season, wearing colours of two RAF Squadrons. But the 50's was also the Korean War represented by the Norwegian Mig-15UTI and a pair of P-51D Mustang.
A superb formation pairing pistons and jet engine.
For the closing show of this centenary, the "Red Arrows" were a most enjoyable obligation, showing the know-how of the RAF, ambassadors of this Air Force...
The day was concluded with a grand finale... and what a finale it was!
No less than 19 Spitfires of all types (20 along the day with the BBMF one) took to the skies for two fly-by's. 18 Spitfires in formation and the "Joker" flown with a master's hand by John Romain. An unforgettable sight and sound!
This festival of "Merlins" and "Griffons" concluded in a magisterial way, the 2018 season of the Imperial War Museum. We will have to wait for the program of the 2019 season as to discover more nice surprises...
Through these few lines, the SBAP-team wishes to thank heartily Mrs Esther Blaine, IWM Communications Manager (Commercial), Dip CIPR for her always charming welcome, the granted facilities during the 2018 season and the "Battle of Britain" airshow in particular.
Also a little wink to the volunteers of the media team who welcomed and guided us in their usual very sympathetic way...
And now… Happy Birthday RAF… Here we go for the last centenary show…
    
Duxford Centenary Walk...
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Narration of the flight
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Authentic Red Baron Fokker DR.1 engine
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Aircraft of the begin
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So proud to be an airman
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From RFC to RAF
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British colours
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String bag
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Between the wars
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From Merlin to Griffon  (Serge Van Heertum©)

So young to fight
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The two Battle of Britain icons
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The S.O.E. frame
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British fashionable relaxation
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One of the three authentic Dambusters plaster map of the Ruhr
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Lysander, the escape king
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R.J. Mitchell elegancy
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Anguish before the fight
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Fighting for our freedom
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Too often needed during the war
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Maintenance
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RAF at War
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Rolls Royce, the freedom music  (Serge Van Heertum©)
RAF: men and machines  (Serge Van Heertum©)
The star and the line  (Serge Van Heertum©)
The trainer line  (Marc Arys©)
After the war: Piston Provost
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Harvard master
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Percival Prentice
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Percival Pembroke
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Jet fighter era, the Hawker Hunter
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De Havilland Vampire
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The trainer and the fighter
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Colorful aircraft of the 1950’s
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Second generation jet fighter, the Phantom
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Metal skin Victor
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Tornado in the RAF
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Last generation trainer, the Tutor
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RAF centenary village
  
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RAF centenary village
Bravo Delta Models can bring the RAF in your house…  (Serge Van Heertum©)
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The Airshow...A tribute to the RAF Centenary
 
Centenary Tiger Moth formation  (Serge Van Heertum©)
Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 solo display
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(Serge Van Heertum©) Bristol F.2B Fighter
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The Battle of Britain : Bristol Blenheim Mk I
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Hawker Hurricane Mk XII (303 Sqn colours)
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Hawker Hurricane Mk I (501 Sqn colours)
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Hawker Hurricane Mk I (245 Sqn colours)
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Jet Era: De Havilland Vampire FB.52 (72 Sqn colours) - De Havilland Vampire T.55 (4 Sqn colours) - BAC Jet Provost T.5A (3 FTS colours)  (Serge Van Heertum©)
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After the War training:
Percival P40 Prentice T.1 - Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1 - De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 - Noorduyn AT-16 Harvard IIB
De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth - A.V. Roe's Type 621 Tutor - Blackburn B-2
Miles Hawk Trainer - Miles M.14A Magister
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Grob G.115-E Tutor T.1 solo display  (Marc Arys©)
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East front : Yakovlev Yak-3 versus Hispano HA-1112-M1L & M4L Buchón  (Serge Van Heertum©)
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The BBMF: Avro Lancaster B I - Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXc - Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIc  (Serge Van Heertum©)
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The 617 Squadron Dambusters tribute: Avro Lancaster B I – Panavia Tornado GR4 – Lockheed-Martin F-35B Lightning II   (Serge Van Heertum©)
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 The ZA607 with special 41 Squadron markings on Saturday
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ZD716 on Sunday...Say hello to the armament officer
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Between the Wars: Hawker Nimrod Mk.I  - Hawker Nimrod Mk.II   (Serge Van Heertum©)
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Air War over Korea: SB Lim-2 (MiG-15UTI) – North American P-51D-20NA “Miss Helen” - North American P-51D-25 (112 Sqn colours)  (Serge Van Heertum©)
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Boeing B-17G-105 Flying Fortress "Sally B"  (Serge Van Heertum©)

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When the day bomber cross the night bomber 
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Canadian Vickers (CANZO) PBV-1A Catalina  (Serge Van Heertum©)
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1960’s training: Folland Gnat T.Mk1 duo  (Marc Arys©)
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Military transport:
De Havilland DH89A Dragon Rapide – Avro Anson C.19 – De Havilland DH.104 Devon C.2 - Hunting / Percival Pembroke C.1
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Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 fly past  (Serge Van Heertum©)
Airbus Military A400M Atlas C.1
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Eclat !  The Royal Air Force Red Arrows aerobatic team and their Bae Hawk T.1  (Serge Van Heertum©)
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Really Public Relation minded team...
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The great finale: when Merlin make a dance with the Griffon…
 
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia (N3200)...The Joker
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia (X4560)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia (P7308)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk Vb (EP120)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb (BM597)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Vc (EE602)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk Vc (AR501)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb (JG891)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk VIIIc (MT928)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire HF Mk IX (TD314)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IX (MH434)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire TR Mk IX (PV202)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire TR Mk IX (NH341)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire TR Mk IX (PT462)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XI (PL965)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XI (PL983)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk XIVe (MV268)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk XVIe (TD248)
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire FR Mk XVIIIe (SM845)
 


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The 19 Spitfire's from the great finale  (Serge Van Heertum©) 
 




  Thx guy's for this amazing finale!
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Season IWM Duxford is over...waiting now for all the 2019 surprises... 
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