In Pictures: RAF planes hit the heights in centenary show

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.
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A Hurricane, Spitfire and Avro Lancaster Bomber take flight (Joe Giddens/PA)
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An F-35B Lightning II stealth jet is put through its paces (Joe Giddens/PA)
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In a year that also marks the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid, an Avro Lancaster Bomber delighted spectators (Joe Giddens/PA)
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Engineers inspect an engine on a B-17 Flying Fortress (Joe Giddens/PA)

Lancaster, Tornado and F-35 Lightning. Former and current 617 Squadron aircraft fly past at @IWMDuxford Airshow. The final air show appearance for the 'Tonka'. pic.twitter.com/aVtkwvDBZQ

— Royal Air Force (@RoyalAirForce) September 23, 2018

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A Tornado GR4 makes its final appearance at a UK airshow (Joe Giddens/PA)
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The B-17 Flying Fortress also provided shelter from the rain (Joe Giddens/PA)
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Historical re-enactment members cycle along the taxiway (Joe Giddens/PA)
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Supermarine Spitfires fly in formation (Joe Giddens/PA)
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