RAF planes hit the heights in centenary show

A Spitfire and Avro Lancaster Bomber from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Joe Giddens/PA) Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

The RAF’s historic feats have been remembered during an event to mark the junior service’s centenary year.

For spectators on the ground at RAF Duxford, there was something old and new up above as planes past and present took to the sky.

Once again, Second World War aircraft such as the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane took star billing in a year which also sees the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid on Germany.

An F-35B Lightning II stealth jet is put through its paces Credit: Joe Giddens/PA
In a year that also marks the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid, an Avro Lancaster Bomber delighted spectators. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA
Engineers inspect an engine on a B-17 Flying Fortress. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA
A Tornado GR4 makes its final appearance at a UK airshow. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA
The B-17 Flying Fortress also provided shelter from the rain. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA
Historical re-enactment members cycle along the taxiway. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA
Supermarine Spitfires fly in formation. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA
The Red Arrows put on a breathtaking display. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA
The sky was awash with colour as they performed. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA
A Supermarine Spitfire was an impressive sight as it came in to land. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA