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Pilven_Veikko
06-12-2004, 02:49 AM
Hello all!

Has anyone of you attented Duxford's Flying Legends Airshow? I'm going there this summer and it would be nice to know somethings about it in advance.
Is it better to use public transportation to get there or is there enough parking space for all attendees?
How bad is the traffic after the show?
What kind of lens do you need in your camera to be able to get decent shot of the flying aircraft?
Do they accept credit card on site (merchandice booths etc.)?

All advice appriciated!

Otto

Pilven_Veikko
06-12-2004, 02:49 AM
Hello all!

Has anyone of you attented Duxford's Flying Legends Airshow? I'm going there this summer and it would be nice to know somethings about it in advance.
Is it better to use public transportation to get there or is there enough parking space for all attendees?
How bad is the traffic after the show?
What kind of lens do you need in your camera to be able to get decent shot of the flying aircraft?
Do they accept credit card on site (merchandice booths etc.)?

All advice appriciated!

Otto

Kuikueg
06-12-2004, 05:07 AM
I was there last summer.
It took us more than six hours to get there by car, from Brighton. The biggest traffic jam I've ever seen. To come back was easier, but heavy traffic nevertheless.
My 6x zoom in my camera was clearly insufficient, I think you can't do with less than 9x zoom lens.
I don't think they take credit cards in any of the street shops, but can't be sure about that.
I hope this helps.

S!

Kuikueg


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redlte
06-12-2004, 06:30 AM
Pilven_Veikko,

Attended in July, 2003, as the focalpoint of a family vacation. [Eleven years of marraige and finally I won one!]
My advice, in no particular order, is as follows:
1) Subscribe ASAP to Flypast Magazine [ www.flypast.com (http://www.flypast.com) . ] The annual subscription also gives you its membership card which entitles you entrance with your family to their tent. If in US or Canada, suggest that you expedite by calling their 800 number: (800) 6888-6247. FMyself, I found Roz COnde to be a great help! roz.conde@keypublishing.com [Key Publ. is the parent company.] You want to get that card in time!
2. Check for symposiums to attend the Friday night before the show begins. The year that I went, Flypast ran one wherein you were able to sit at a table with two WWII aces. [I sat next to Clinton Burdick and Robert Kirla; the next table had Gunther Rall and Clarence "Bud" Anderson. Billy Drake was amongst the engaging speakers.]
3. Get there mid morning. Parking is then not only easier, but you can take your time to walk the flight line up close to all the warbirds. [Get some great shots that way.] Then, with what time you have left, tour the hangers [where you can see aircraft under maintenance or reconstruction] , the American Air Museum, Air & Space and others. [See, http://duxford.iwm.org.uk/ ; http://www.fighter-collection.com/
4. Cash is a necessity, for [as I recollect] admission and food. However, at least some of the booths take credit cards. [i.e. - Diverse Images, which makes beautiful petwer 1/72 scale warbirds; I have a couple.]
5. Get to the tent early enough before the actual show begins to stake out a few front row seats. Then set up a tripod; if you are going out to 8-10 optical zoom [with a digital camera]you are going to have some shake and blurred images. All the planes have to taxi right past you from left to right before turniong to take off. [For those shots, you will actually do just fine with a 3X zoom; you are that close.]
6. For a good, inexpensive souvenir, purchase the program and carry a "sharpie" type pen should you see a pilot; they are usually happy to autograph. Or, even better, do what I did; wait for The Fighter Collection to show the 2004 poster on its web site [right now it is the 2003]; and print that on photo quality paper and carry it in a mailing tube. [At the symposium, I got 8 signatures on it, and then put in in a neat but inexpensive mat and frame. It now adorns a place of honor on the wall of my office.]
7. Allow yourself two days, in case it rains on one. The "off" day, you can either tour the museums and hangers at a more leisurely pace, or take a short jaunt up to Cambridge.
8. Under penalty of death, post the good shots!

Enjoy! It is well worth the trip.

redlte
06-12-2004, 06:49 AM
9. Stay local; get a room in a B&B or Inn in the Duxford area. That way, no 6 hour traffic jams!

redlte
06-12-2004, 11:32 AM
BUMP

trumper
06-12-2004, 12:37 PM
http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gifIf you are travelling a long way i would suggest you get a B and B locally or arrive on the morning early,apparantly there were even more HORRENDOUS traffic problems at the smaller D Day show a week ago.
I live 15 miles from Duxford,just north of Cambridge and it took my elderly [80 years old or so] nieghbour 4 hours from his house to there,15 miles and they had to walk the last 2 miles after dumping the car.

Have a look at these horror stories [URL=http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/showthread.php?t=26589]
You will need a 300 mm lens for the flying stuff minimum,wider angle lens for the flight line walk and lots of films / batteries/memory cards DRINK and FOOD,prices are a rip off for that http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

JZG_Winter
06-12-2004, 12:49 PM
There is a park and ride 1 junction up the M11, and free buses from there into duxford.

If you are gonna stay local, you will now be struggling for the cheaper B&B's as most have been booked for ages.

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Pilven_Veikko
06-13-2004, 10:28 AM
Thank you all!

I'm coming from Finland, but fortunately I have a local friend to care of the acommodation and such. The food and drink advice was good, thank you Trumper!
I'm definitely going to attend on both days! How long is the actual air show, and when does it usually start?

Cheers,

Otto

trumper
06-13-2004, 11:02 AM
http://duxford.iwm.org.uk/server/show/conEvent.35
Here is the link, Flying usually starts about 14-00 and lasts 3- 4 hours,be prepared for hot/ cold /wet / dry weather LOL.
http://www.fighter-collection.com/

http://www.fighter-collection.com/legends/