54-2165 represents an F-100D as flown by the 'Yellow Jackets', 352th TFS, 35th TFW, from Phan Rang AB in South Vietnam between 1966 and 1971. This aircraft was delivered new to the French Armée de l'Air in 1958 and never saw active USAF-service.
Delivered to the French Armée de l'Air in 1958, the aircraft served with EC-1/3 (coded '3-IG') and EC-2/11 (as '11-MB' and '11-ML') before being returned to the USAF at Sculthorpe in November 1975. On 17 May 1976, the aircraft came to Duxford.
This Grasshopper (USAAF 43-29854) is in the colours of the 381st Bomb Group operating B-17s out of Ridgewell, Essex, from May 1943 to June 1945. The emblem on the nose is that of the Group's 533rd Bomb Squadron. Little Rock-ette is based at Biggin Hill.
The fin flash colours of 'The Chief' represent those of the 55th (blue), the 77th (red) and 79th (Tactical) Fighter Squadrons of the 20th (Tactical) Fighter Wing. On 1 October 1991, the Upper Heyford-based wing was redesignated 20th Fighter Wing.
MV293 with its 36.7 litre RR Griffon 65 being prepared for the 2011 display season in the TFC hangar. The Spitfire is now based at Sywell aerodrome with Anglia Aircraft Restorations Ltd., still in her J.E. 'Johnnie' Johnson colours, with serial MV268.
P-47D 42-74742 of the 84th FS was assigned to Capt. Julius P. Maxwell. He named her 'War Eagle'. When re-assigned to Lt. Severino B. Calderon, the name 'Snafu' was added. The P-47 was written-off after a belly landing at Duxford on 15 December 1944.
The Comanche Fighters' Mustang seen here in the colours of P-51D-5-NA 44-13382 'February' of the 307th, FS/31st FG of the 15th AF as flown by Lt James L. 'Jim' Brooks. He was credited with 13½ air victories with 2 more probables.
This F.2b Fighter was constructed by the British & Colonial Aeroplane Co. Ltd. and became part of the IWM collection in December 1922. E2581 is in the colours of No.39 (Home Defence) Squadron as based at North Weald aerodrome in 1918.
The forward section of Fokker-built former RNethAF 325 Squadron Hunter F.6 N-250 was saved after the aircraft was converted by Hawker Siddeley Aviation to two-seat T.66D. It was delivered to the Indian Air Force on 21 September 1967 as 'S.581'.
Introduced by the RAF in mid-1940, the new 100-octane fuel increased the Spitfire's speed by 25 mph at sea level and by 34 mph at 10,000 feet. The black hole just above the leading edge wing root is the hand cranking point for turning the engine manually.
The I-16 was the first low-wing monoplane with retractable undercarriage in the Sovjet Air Force. In 1936 some 475 I-16s were supplied to Spanish Republican forces. To them the I-16 was known as 'Mosca' (fly), but as 'Rata' (rat) to their opponents.
At the time PS890 left the Southampton production line in the spring of 1945, it was powered by a Griffon 66. Since a major overhaul in the winter of 2008/09 a Rolls Royce Griffon 60 is fitted. F-AZJS is based at Dijon-Darois, France.
Built as a B-25J-35NC at the NAA Fairfax-plant in Kansas City and delivered to the USAAF in August 1945. In 1947 the aircraft was modified for testing electronics and radar systems for the Air Defense Command.
Only seconds after applying power to the Merlin 70, former BBMF (as well as Red Arrows and 322 Squadron, RNethAF F-16) pilot Antony 'Parky' Parkinson, MBE, raises the tail of TD314 on Duxford's grass runway.
In the eighties, former USN pilot J.K. "Buck" Ridley competed at the US National Championship Air Races in the Unlimited Class with this ex-Honduras Air Force Corsair (FAH-614). His codeletters 'BR' were reversed to 'RB' when Red Bull took ownership.
Richard Grace checking the Packard-Merlin V1650-7 (similar to the Merlin 66/266) under the black and white chequers, the colours of the 78th FG, based here at Duxford during WWII. 'Contrary Mary' was the personal aircraft of Col. Roy B. Caviness.
In September 2015 a substantial part of the wreck of P3700 was recovered from the crash site at Saddlescombe Farm, near Brighton, where P3700/RF-E crashed on 9th September, 1940. G-HURI is in the markings of Sgt Kazimierz Wünsche's 303 Squadron Hurricane
Based aboard HMS Gurkha, XS567 attended the (first) Duxford Air Show on 14th October, 1973, as '444' of 829 Squadron. The Wasp came to IWM Duxford in September 1992, coded 'E-434' of the HMS Endurance Flight.
By February 1917, this B.E.2c, built by Ruston, Proctor and Co of Lincoln, served with 50 (Home Defence) Squadron at Swingate Down (Dover). The aircraft came to the IWM in 1919.
Serial 2699 is on the undersides of the lower wings only.