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This Battle of Britain formation was recently captured at the Flying Legends Airshow in Duxford, England. This annual air show features some of the best historic aircraft around and tries to “create and authentic 1940s atmosphere” to fully immerse their spectators. They do exactly that and do it well.
The footage we found was from one of the flyovers during the show and was eye candy for any warbird enthusiast, but hearing all those Merlins was just icing on the cake. The entire display was beautiful, but we think the Bristol Blenheim stole the show because of its rarity.
Created by Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1935, this British light bomber served well during the beginning of the war, but more modern bombers started to replace it by 1941. Although over 4, 000 of them were built, only one airworthy example survives. The bomber you’ll see in this video was restored by the Imperial War Museum in Duxford which is of course, the sponsor of this event. Although not an original since most of the airframes were scrapped after World War II, this Blenheim was restored from Bristol Bolingbroke bomber parts and the creative mind’s of restorers who figured ways to make the nose look like the original.