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Duxford - End of Flying Legends airshows

Old 10th Sep 2020, 18:17
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Originally Posted by Rory57 View Post
Yes, and the American air Museum is at Duxford, which is another, and unique, part of the whole "WarBirds at Duxford" success story.
Yes, and the fact that many of the US Warbird owners as well as well known pilots couldn't resist the lure of flying a warbird at Legends, not just because of the air display, but the fact that it was held at a historic base used by USAAF units during WW2, and that now houses the AAM.

I suspect that, many of them won't be so bothered about dipping into their wallets to take part in a new show that is to be held at a venue without those historic to them connections.
And that's why, when people mention the likes of Sywell and Old Warden etc as venues, or even some others, the lack of a historic connection to a USAAF airbase seems to be lost on many.

Unfortunately we've now lost almost all those bases from an aviation point of view, so that makes the loss of Duxford for Legends much more of an issue to the whole raison d etre of the event, which I think will be lost at almost any other venue that they can move it to.
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Old 11th Sep 2020, 12:48
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I just wonder of the Legends grew too big with so many visiting aircraft? The gate takings don't grow at the same rate and the Legend's share then gets spread too wide, across too many aeroplanes.
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Old 11th Sep 2020, 13:15
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I would have said there weren't quite as many participating aircraft in the last several years, European based aircraft have certainly been fewer I think.

I wonder if Legends should be "rested" for a further year with a view to reassessing Duxford with IWM as a venue for 2022.
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Old 11th Sep 2020, 19:32
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Originally Posted by Blacksheep View Post
I just wonder of the Legends grew too big with so many visiting aircraft? The gate takings don't grow at the same rate and the Legend's share then gets spread too wide, across too many aeroplanes.
The 'peak' numbers of participating aircraft was many years ago now, numbers have dwindled somewhat in the past decade or so. Maybe, this was what the AAM curator was meaning to reference in her poorly thought out Tweet rather than what she did write...?
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Old 12th Sep 2020, 14:18
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Has there been any move to request the resignation of the IWM Director General over their failure to come to an agreement over this ?
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Old 12th Sep 2020, 14:41
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Has there been any move to request the resignation of the IWM Director General over their failure to come to an agreement over this ?
I think you're missing the point that the IWM are clearly not bothered by it, as they are under instruction to generate more income, so wanted a bigger slice of the pie from TFC, no doubt fully aware that if TFC said Foxtrot Oscar, IWM would then gain the display slot back soley for themselves, so they can put on another generic airshow that better suits their view of what the IWM is now all about.
Only time will tell if that works for them, or whether they have shot themselves in the foot.

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Old 12th Sep 2020, 22:16
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Over the last many many years my friends, family and I have come from Germany to see and enjoy the Flying Legends Airshow.
This with the cost of travel, hotels, rent-a-cars (2), etc, etc. Normally staying in the UK for a week.
We won't do this to see a "regular" airshow.
Sorry about that! Their loss!
I'am sure we are not the only overseas visitors who think the same.
And I doubt that overseas owners of warbirds, esp the USA, will come for a "regular" airshow as they have done in the past. A great loss!

Maybe we will reverse course and do a 180 turn and fly to the states and meet our friends who came over for the FL.
Instead we will visit the airshows where warbirds are featured. There are lots to choose from, From Planes of Fame, Virginia Beach, Michigan Willow Run Airport, Geneseo Airshow & of course the huge Oshkosh gathering.

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