Duxfords Autumn Air Show concludes the 2011 air show season in style

IWM Duxford’s Autumn Air Show (Sunday 16 October) will conclude the Museum’s 2011 air show season with an exciting flying participation which will be Remembering the Korean War.

The Korean War (25 June 1950 to armistice signed 27 July 1953) was the first major conflict in which jet aircraft sought air superiority alongside the final-generation propeller-driven piston fighters.

The Autumn Air Show pays homage to this uniquely international air battle, with an exciting flying participation which sees iconic piston-engine aircraft take to the skies alongside the first generation of jet aircraft.

Korean War-themed flying participation includes:

· North American F-86 Sabre – a transonic jet fighter aircraft which is best-known as America’s first swept-wing fighter. It effectively countered the similarly-configured Soviet MiG-15 in high-speed dogfights over the skies of the Korean Peninsula.

· B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B – post-war, B-17s were used by the USAF Air Rescue Service, in 1948 being re-designated SB-17G. Some SB-17s were used by the Air Rescue Service in Japan during the Korean War.

· Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina – a twin-engine patrol flying boat used by the United States Air Force for air-sea rescue during the Korean War.

· Piper L-4 Grasshopper – a two or three seat, single-engine liaison aircraft that was used by the United States and Republic of Korea armies and air forces during the Korean War.

· Douglas AD-4 Skyraider – a piston-engine single-seat attack aircraft that was designed during the Second World War to meet requirements from the United States Navy for a carrierbased, single-seat, long-range, high-performance dive/torpedo bomber. It formed the backbone of the United States Navy aircraft carrier-based attack effort in the Korean War.

· The P-51 Mustang -redesignated as the F-51 Mustang, it gained a new lease of life during the Korean War, having greater endurance than most of the new jet aircraft to which many American fighter units had already converted. It performed a valuable role in Korea as ground-attack aircraft, although it suffered heavy losses to ground fire during the conflict.

· Hawker Sea Fury (x2) – the last propeller-driven fighter to serve with the Royal Navy, the Sea Fury FB.11 served throughout the Korean War as a ground-attack aircraft, flying from the Royal Navy light fleet carriers HMS Glory, HMS Ocean and HMS Theseus and the Australian carrier HMAS Sydney. The Sea Fury was one of the few propeller-driven fighter aircraft credited with the shooting-down of a jet-powered fighter, a Soviet MiG-15.

· de Havilland L-20 Beaver – a single-engine, light utility aircraft used by the United States Air Force during the Korean War for liaison and light transport duties. The Beaver was noted for its ability to operate from very short fields and in all types of terrain.

· North American T-6 Harvard (x2) – a two-seat, single-engine advanced trainer that was used by the United States Air Force and the Republic of Korea Air Force during the Korean War. Korean War T-6s were most famous for their role as Forward Air Controllers, designating targets for, and co-ordinating, United Nations air strikes throughout the war.

· Douglas C-47 Skytrain – a twin-engine medium transport aircraft used by the United States, Republic of Korea, Australian, Greek and Thai Air Forces and also by the United States Marine Corps, during the Korean War. Its primary role was to fly cargo into Korea and to evacuate casualties.

· Gloster Meteor – the first British jet fighter and the Allies’ first operational jet. Meteors saw extensive service during the Korean War with No.77 Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force. It served well – by the end of the conflict the squadron had flown 4836 missions, destroying six MiG-15s, over 3500 structures and some 1500 vehicles. Approximately 30 Meteors were lost to enemy action, the majority shot down by anti-aircraft fire while serving in a ground-attack capacity.

In addition to the central theme of Remembering the Korean War, the Autumn Air Show presents even more exciting aerial action, with flying displays by the Belgian Air Component F-16; aerobatic masters Alister Kay and Andy Hill in their role as the RV8tors Duo; the BAe Hawk, flown by Flight Lieutenant Juliette Fleming of 208 (R) Squadron, RAF Valley; Spitfire IX; the Shorts Tucano from 207 (R) Squadron, RAF Linton-on-Ouse and the Black Cats Lynx Pair from 702 Naval Air Squadron.

The Tiger Nine Team will perform a thrilling display with nine Tiger Moths in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth.

First flown on 26 October 1931, the de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth was, for many years, the primary trainer aircraft used by the Royal Air Force. It entered service at the RAF Central Flying School in February 1932 and, by the start of the Second World War, 500 Tiger Moths were in service. A legendary aircraft, it was only replaced in 1952, when the de Havilland Chipmunk came into service.

With further fantastic flying participation to be confirmed and with activities happening across the Museum throughout the day, the Autumn Air Show will provide a thrilling conclusion to Duxford’s air show season for 2011.

The IWM Duxford Air Shows App 2011

Following the launch of the IWM Duxford Air Shows App at the Spring Air Show and some enthusiastic feedback from users at The Duxford Air Show, the Air Shows App will again be available for the Autumn Air Show.

The App will now run faster and more seamlessly, providing real time, up-to-the-minute information about what is flying at the Autumn Air Show, as the aircraft display.

Available for both Android and iPhone platforms, the App also includes an extensive library of photography, statistics and information about classic aircraft you can see flying in the 2011 air shows and where in the Museum you can find out more about them.

The App is currently FREE to download. It will be available for download prior to the Autumn Air Show and on the day itself – IWM Duxford will be providing wifi access at the museum for live downloading.

This dynamic guide to the Autumn Air Show, and our other air shows throughout 2011, is a first for Duxford and demonstrates the Imperial War Museum’s commitment to innovation in new technologies. It aims to be the most innovative air show app around. For further information go to www.iwm.org.uk/duxfordairshows.

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