RAF 100 Baton Relay visits IWM Duxford's historic RAF airfield


The RAF Baton relay visited IWM Duxford in Cambridgeshire yesterday (Sunday) as part of the RAF centenary commemorations.

The RAF Baton relay team, with the specially-designed centenary baton, were welcomed to IWM Duxford by John Brown, Executive Director, Commercial Services and Operations for Imperial War Museums, on the historic airfield next to IWM Duxford’s rare Mark I Supermarine Spitfire.

John Brown said: “We were delighted to welcome the RAF Centenary Baton Relay team to IWM Duxford today.  Visitors were pleased to see the baton at Duxford, which opened under the auspices of the newly-formed Royal Air Force in 1918.  Today’s event is the start of IWM Duxford’s activities in partnership with the RAF centenary, culminating with the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September.”

IWM Duxford’s activities in partnership with the RAF Centenary culminate with the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show (Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September), bringing to life Duxford’s finest hour as an important Second World War fighter station defending Great Britain from aerial attack in 1940. 

The roar of Spitfires and Hurricanes over Duxford’s historic airfield make this a hugely engaging historic experience and a great British day out for 2018. The flying display will showcase not only the famous historic aircraft of the RAF but will also present its modern capabilities with contemporary aircraft in service today.

Image: John Brown of IWM welcomes the RAF Baton, held by Ian Osbiston, in front of IWM's rare Mark I Spitfire

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