Fighter Showcase, IWM Duxford, 4th August 2019

3rd October 2019
Written by: Rob Slusar

After having a warm-up 2 days before I decided to head down for the Fighter Showcase at Duxford.

The Showcase

As I mentioned in my last post, Duxford has introduced this year showcase days. These days would take the form of a normal public access day but would have a short display of aircraft linked to the proposed theme of the day. The idea of this showcase was to show off WW2 era fighter aircraft, and a such included Spitfire’s, a Mustang, a Hurricane and a P-40 Warhawk.

It wasn’t really advertised much so apart from some dedicated photographers, most of the crowd were made up of people who just happened to be at the museum. This meant lots of space to move around and place yourself near the front of the line.

The Photos

I was able to get very close to the gate for the flying (which was the main reason I went). I decided to locate by the control tower, guessing this may form the centre of the display flying.

The sun was bright and it was clear and warm. This made it difficult to get the right exposures when shooting. I was able to get some shots that I really like. They did, however, require quite a bit of editing in post, but I was able to save a number of them.

Here they are.

Final Thoughts

Despite it not being an airshow, there was some good solid flying on display. Everything felt a bit closer and the lack of the crowds made it quite enjoyable.

It feels like something that is obvious for Duxford to put on. There is often a lot of flying anyway, but giving it a bit more of a display feel is certainly going to bring more people in. Id very much support them doing this in future.

As always, thanks for looking.

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