Duxford Air Festival celebrates 75 years of the jet engine

Imperial War Museum Duxford | 25-26 May 2019

Tickets from £35, kids under 16 go free*


This year, the Duxford Air Festival will celebrate the past, present and future of the jet engine, which entered operational military service 75 years ago in 1944 and has revolutionised air travel ever since.

Duxford Air Festival will be welcoming the RAF’s oldest and newest jet engines, from the Second World War to the present day. A Martin-Baker Meteor – the first British jet fighter – will be on static display, while a powerful Typhoon FGR4 – the RAF’s current first-line combat aircraft – will take to the skies. Barrel rolls, loops and vertical splits will be presented by the Breitling Jet Team as they fly seven L-39C Albatros high- performance jet trainers at speeds of over 700km an hour.

Duxford Air Festival with the Breitling flying team

With a juxtaposition of historic and contemporary aircraft, the Duxford Air Festival will showcase the power and might of helicopters. The Chinook is one of the world’s largest helicopters, with dual-powered jet rotors and the agility to fly while carrying up to the same weight as four Range Rovers. Returning aircraft include the last remaining airworthy B-17 in Europe: ‘Sally B’, the Tiger Moth formation display team and the AeroSuperBatics wingwalkers.

Duxford air shows

On the ground, interactive activities will also celebrate 75 years of the jet engine. Beatboxer Randolph Matthews will combine aircraft noises with visitors’ vocal chords, while aviation partners will be offering drone challenges, the chance to trace flight paths in the sky using real aircraft marshalling moves, and ground aerobatics. From meteorologists to jet plane ground crews, experts will be on hand to answer questions on the science and history of aviation, including how the weather affects flight.

Daks over Duxford

IWM Duxford houses aircraft that have transformed flight, including the futuristic Blackbird spy plane, which performed top secret operations for almost 30 years, and the B-52 Stratofortress, which stretches the length of the American Air Museum. Iconic aircraft, including the Spitfire, Concorde and the contemporary Tornado, are also on display across the museum.

Duxford flight experience


  • All flying is subject to weather, serviceability and operational commitments.
  • An up-to-date flying list can be found here.
  • *Kids go free when an adult purchases a ticket for the Duxford Air Festival.
  • All information in this press release is correct on 14 May 2019.
  • Tickets for all air shows must be booked in advance; no on the day tickets are available.
  • Ticket prices, including premium experiences, can be found here.

IWM Duxford

IWM Duxford is Britain’s best-preserved Second World War airfield, with a fascinating history that dates back to the First World War. Historic aircraft can regularly be seen taking to the skies from Duxford’s wartime airfield.  Duxford has been a witness to world-changing events over the past 100 years where ordinary people have had extraordinary experiences.  Exploring state of the art exhibition halls and historic buildings, visitors walk in the footsteps of the men and women who served at RAF Duxford. Through the powerful stories of the men and women involved and the rich displays of aircraft we tell the story of the impact of aviation on the nature of war and on people’s lives.

Open daily: Last entry an hour before closing (Closed 24 – 26 December)

Winter hours: 10am – 5pm (28 October 2018 – 15 March 2019; 27 October 2019 – 13 March 2020) – please note, from 4 – 5pm only AirSpace and the Visitor Centre will be open. All other hangars will close from 4pm.

Summer hours: 10am – 6pm (16 March to 26 October 2019)

Admission: £18.15 Adults; £14.50 Concessions (Senior, Student, Disabled); £9.05 Child (5-16); Free child (under 5); family tickets available; special rates for groups of ten plus. Free for members.

A 10% discount is available for advanced tickets booked online.

IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR

T: 020 7416 5000

iwm.org.uk / @I_W_M / www.facebook.com/iwm.duxford


IWM (Imperial War Museums) tells the story of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since the First World War.

Our unique collections, made up of the everyday and the exceptional, reveal stories of people, places, ideas and events. Using these, we tell vivid personal stories and create powerful physical experiences across our five museums that reflect the realities of war as both a destructive and creative force. We challenge people to look at conflict from different perspectives, enriching their understanding of the causes, course and consequences of war and its impact on people’s lives.

IWM’s five branches which attract over 2.5 million visitors each year are IWM London, IWM’s flagship branch that recently transformed with new, permanent and free First World War Galleries alongside new displays across the iconic Atrium to mark the Centenary of the First World War; IWM North, housed in an iconic award-winning building designed by Daniel Libeskind; IWM Duxford, a world renowned aviation museum and Britain’s best preserved wartime airfield; Churchill War Rooms, housed in Churchill’s secret headquarters below Whitehall; and the Second World War cruiser HMS Belfast.

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