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Imperial War Museum Duxford launches new app as air show nears on Sunday

A smart phone application has been launched by Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford as the Jubilee Air Show looms on Sunday (May 27).

The IWM Duxford Air Shows App offers a library of more than 100 aircraft to have flown over Duxford and contains fascinating biographies, exciting statistics and stunning photographs.

A My Log section allows you to collect your favourite aircraft from the season’s air shows and a map tool allows you to find certain planes at the museum.

The app is free to download, though a automated flying schedule, giving minute-by-minute information during the air show and reminder alerts, costs 69p.

The line up for the Jubilee Air Show on Sunday has now been announced,

The Royal Air Force will be flying a range of powerful contemporary aircraft, including the BAe Hawk, from 208 (R) Squadron, Eurofighter Typhoon from 6 Squadron, RAF Leuchars and the Beechcraft King Air from 45 (R) Squadron, RAF Cranwell.

The 16 (R) Squadron, RAF Cranwell will be displaying the Grob Tutor 115E.

Used for elementary flying training this was the type of aircraft that Prince William was taught to fly on at RAF Cranwell.

He went on to fly a Shorts Tucano at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, which is also represented in the flying display.

The Westland Sea King, from B Flight, 22 Squadron, RAF Wattisham is the type that Prince Andrew has flown and that Prince William is currently flying as a fully-operational Search and Rescue co-pilot with 22 Squadron, RAF Valley, Anglesey.

The Westland Lynx, from 815 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, is the type of helicopter that Prince Andrew flew.

Many of the historic aircraft performing in The Jubilee Air Show also have connections to the Royal Family.

DCH-1 Chipmunk WP903 was built in 1952 and served with The Queen’s Flight. It was the actual aircraft on which Prince Charles learnt to fly. Two DCH Chipmunks will be flying at The Jubilee Air Show. In addition to Prince Charles, several other members of the Royal Family learnt to fly on this aircraft type, including Prince Philip and Prince Andrew.

The DH89A Dragon Rapide, owned by D & M Miller, is the type of aircraft owned by Prince Edward VIII in 1935.

Prince Edward flew to and from RAF Duxford in his Dragon Rapide to see the spectacular sight of the Royal Review on 6 July 1935, which celebrated the jubilee of his father, King George V.

On his accession to the throne, a year later, as King Edward VIII, his Dragon Rapide became the founding aircraft of the King’s Flight.

Prince Philip flew both the North American Harvard, of which two are displaying at The Jubilee Air Show, and the Gloster Meteor T7, an example of which, operated by Air Atlantique Classic Flight, wowed the crowds at last year’s Autumn Air Show and makes a welcome return to IWM Duxford at The Jubilee Air Show.

Glorious historic aircraft flying at this celebratory show include two stunning 1930s Hawker Nimrod single-seat biplanes; three examples of the iconic Spitfire, synonymous with IWM Duxford’s famous heritage; the famous B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B ; the stalwart wartime multi-role Avro Anson and the iconic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Avro Lancaster, Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire.

In celebration of this year’s Olympics, there will be a display by the Bucker Jungmeister, which swept the board in the aerobatic competition at the Berlin Olympics in 1936.

There will be a rip-roaring display by the F-16 Fighting Falcon from 360 Squadron, Belgian Air Force, and aerial dynamics from the French Air Force’s Patrouille Cartouche Dore aerobatic team and the SBach Duo of top aerobatic pilots Steve Jones and Paul Bonhomme.

On the ground, there will be fun-packed activities for all the family to enjoy and the whole museum is open to explore.

The Airfix Make and Paint Zone will be in AirSpace, where you can make and paint your own Airfix model and take it home as a souvenir of your day at The Jubilee Air Show.

There will be family activities in AirSpace and the American Air Museum plus exciting children’s rides across the museum.

Advanced booking has closed but tickets can be bought at the gate. For more information, visit www.iwm.org.uk

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (May 31) Echo.

 

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