16-17 July 2011
The prospects for this year's 40th Anniversary Tattoo were bleak, a wet weather forecast and continuing NATO commitments in north Africa effecting attendees. However, the show was spectacular as ever.
Any doubts were offset by the anticipation of the first UK appearance of the Saudi 'Green Falcons' with their Hawks and the return of the Ukraine Air Force with a Sukhoi Flanker and Il-76 support. Saturday dawned wet but by early afternoon the sun broke through allowing the show to commence; by the evening a warm clear patch rewarded the large and diligent crowds.
Arrivals Day 8 July 2011
The famous Flying Legends weekend needs no introduction, each year brings together a host of warbird fanatics and their machines.
This year the star visitors were a pair of Mustangs, new to Europe, and an Australian P-40 restoration. The P-38 Lightning N25Y was also present after previous efforts in other years had kept the Duxford crowd eager to see her. French warbirds were also well represented.