If you're planning a trip to England, why not plan to spend a day at an airshow?
They have four air shows a year, and any one of them would be a treat. There are also sometimes special events such as Spitfire Day and American Air Day.
Their July show is called their Flying Legends Airshow.... Legends such as Mustangs, Hurricanes, and Oh yea... Spitfires.
...And had 16 of them fly by in formation during the airshow.
There are several hangars housing historic aircraft. The American Air Museum is a whole building dedicated to American fighters and bombers from WW II. The museum is open daily all year except for December 24, 25, 26. The museum is quite spread out, so be prepared for a lot of walking.
There is food and drink available at the museum. On airshow days there is also the usual array of airshow food vendors as well as souvenir vendors of all the usual types.
Their airshows are in spring, early summer, late summer and fall. Check their website for details. Here's their Visitor Information Page. Surf around for times and prices for airshows and for non-airshow days.
You can book airshow tickets in advance on their web site. If you're going to book in advance, they will mail the tickets to you, so you must purchase 7-10 days in advance so there will be enough time to get them to you.
Of course, you can purchase tickets the day of the show. They take credit cards as well as cash as you enter the parking lot. Be prepared, ticket are expensive, but they are well worth it.... (£25 - 30 that's about $35 - 42 or € 33 - 45. Discounts for seniors over 60. Advance purchases save 10%.) At least parking is free!
There are plenty of hotels and B&Bs within a 30 minute drive of Duxford. We have waited until we got there to arrange accommodations, but we wouldn't recommend that. Better to make reservations for at least the night before and the night of the airshow, that way you can enjoy yourself and not worry about where you're going to sleep.
Duxford is about 50 miles (80 km) from London just off the M11 motorway. It is just about 10 miles (16 km) south of Cambridge. As with any big airshow, traffic will be directed to parking lots on airshow days.
You can contact them at:
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 835 000
If you want an exciting way to get to Duxford in style, contact Air Atlantique at ClassicFlight.com. In the past they have taken their Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer to Duxford.... with passengers! You never know... they might just do it again. (We have heard rumors that Coventry airport is closing. We don't know, yet, what that means for the Air Atlantique folks... if anyone knows, please let us know!)
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