I’m not a big fan of air shows, but when I was sent a press release from the Imperial War Museum about the re-opening of the American museum in Duxford, a small village about 10 miles from Cambridge, I could see that something a little different was on offer.
The flying displays over the May bank holiday weekend Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May will include replica World I aircraft and the Red Arrows and their French equivalent will also show off their skills.
The set pieces from the American air force will include archive film footage and music.
To mark the decade-long Vietnam War two North American T-28 Fennecs fly to the sound of Jimi Hendrix. They are followed by two helicopters who have the dramatic Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner as their theme. The display ends with music by The Doors.
There is also a chance to meet living history groups from both WWII and the Vietnam era and visitors will be entertained by live swing music from the dance halls of World War Two.
Music taps into the pulse of a generation. It’s probably the closest we will get to time travel. And war time music is always the music of the young. The average age of American servicemen serving in Vietnam was 19, hence the anti-war song by Paul Hardcastle released in 1985, 10 years after the war ended.
For more information about Duxford visit the Imperial War Museum website HERE