The Duxford Air Show (Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September) promises to be one of the most exciting in recent years
On Sunday 9 September only, a pair of F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Royal Norwegian Air Force will fly in formation with two De Havilland Vampires from the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron. Also from the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron will be their newly-acquired Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, an American-built jet trainer aircraft, which will be flying on Saturday 8 September only. The presence of the Royal Norwegian Air Force and the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron at The Duxford Air Show commemorates the centenary of aviation in Norway, celebrated this year. It also acknowledges the long-standing historical connection between the Royal Norwegian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. These Norvegian air force vintage jets have never flown in the UK.
Two rare First World War aircraft replicas will come from New Zealand : the Albatros DV.a, a German single-seat biplane that sustained aerial combat in the skies over France for longer than all of the more famous Fokker models combined, and the RE.8, a two-seater reconnaissance biplane. Also representing the bold and brave innovation of the First World War era will be replicas of the Fokker DR-1, the type of aircraft in which the Red Baron gained his last 19 victories, and a Nieuport 17, a French triplane opponent of that era.
Flying on Saturday 8 September only will be Avro Vulcan XH558, which previously flew at IWM Duxford in September 2008. Throughout the 2012 airshow season, Vulcan XH558 has performed an amazing flying display as part of both the 60th anniversary year of the Vulcan’s maiden flight ,and the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict. XH558 was the first Vulcan B Mark 2 to be delivered to the RAF. in 1992, it was the last Vulcan to leave RAF service after a sterling 33 years. It is now the oldest complete Vulcan in the world.