The eve of the show often proves to be an exciting and busy affair that draws a big crowd to the museum. This year proved no different as the 10am queues snaked around the IWM Duxford car park.
The day started in a very slow fashion with next to nothing occurring. High winds discouraged any flying and mid-morning the heavens opened and soaked the historic airfield. It remained like this until mid-afternoon where the sun shined and the winds fell to an acceptable level.
Activity was rife for virtually the final three hours. Pilots were negotiating flying and practice time over the radio with the control tower.
For the enthusiasts the highlights must have been P-47G Thunderbolt "Snafu" in formation with TF-51D "Miss Velma".
Arrivals included a Ju52, Sopwith & Fokker Triplanes, Fury and Spitfire Mk.19 from France, Yak 9, Yak 11, Spitfire Mk.I, Skyraider, Swordfish and the Norwegian Dakota (DC-3).
Practice displays came from MeierMotors Spitfire Mk.8 and their TF-51 Mustang, Ju52 of Lufthansa, Spitfire Mk.14, Hispano Buchon and the Skyraider from North Weald went straight into a display on arrival.
One of this years star the P-38 Lightning of Red Bull went on a photo recce during the twilight hours.
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It is shaping up to be another great Flying Legends Airshow that even the most hard-to-please fan will enjoy.
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We hope you have enjoyed out coverage of the build up to the 2012 Flying Legends Airshow.