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    IWM Duxford

    by vichatherly Updated Jun 9, 2013

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    If you have any interest in aviation, either civil or military, then a day out at the former RAF base at Duxford is a fantastic treat.

    Expect to spend all day at this museum because it has many parts and if your anything like me, you'll want to take you time in viewing all the aircraft that are on display.

    There are nine different buildings or hangers to take a look at.

    1 AirSpace
    2 Flying Aircraft
    3 Historic Duxford
    4 Air and Sea
    5 Battle of Britain
    6 Conservation in Action
    7 1940 Operations Room
    8 American Air Museum
    9 Land Warfare

    There are also air shows on during the year, and I try to get to one most years. For a perfect day, arrive early, so that you can take a look at the museum and also browse the many stalls, then enjoy your picnic, then enjoy the air show. Flying normally begins at 2pm and goes on until around 5 pm.

    The traffic can be slow in getting out, so a second picnic could be the order of the day.

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    IWM Duxford - Airspace

    by vichatherly Written Jun 9, 2013

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    The Airspace hanger is home to both military and civil aircraft.

    It tells the story of aviation in Britain and the Commonwealth, featuring over 30 iconic aircraft including Concorde and the Spitfire.

    The star of the show, for me was Concorde. If you time it right, you can actually go inside and take closer look at this historic supersonic machine.

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    IWM Duxford - The American Air Museum

    by vichatherly Written Jun 9, 2013

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    The American Air Museum hanger is a wonderful space to show off Duxford's fabulous collection of American aircraft.

    The hanger houses the largest collection of American 'warbirds' on display outside the United States, including a vintage B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell, P-47 Thunderbolt, and aircraft from the Cold War era such as a B-52 Stratofortress, SR-71 Blackbird and F-4 Phantom.

    The hanger was designed to fit around the wingspan of the terrifying Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber and it is really impressive.

    They often have a former pilot of a Blackbird on site and it really interesting to hear his tales.

    You'll probably want to spend a good hour or two mooching around the planes.

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    Scenic flights in classic aircraft

    by Airpunk Written Sep 20, 2007

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    Depending on weather conditions, scenic flights from the Imperial War Museum at Duxford are offered. These flights are organized by Classic Air Wings and can be booked at the small ticket hall which is located on the grounds of the museum. The flights take place in DeHavilland Dragon Rapide or Tiger Moth aircraft. The Tiger Moth, not being a passenger aircraft, is the more expensive option.

    I paid 33 pounds for a twenty minute sightseeing flight over Cambridgeshire. Unfortunately, the weather was good enough for flying but not good enough to enjoy the view. However, it is still a special experience to fly on board of such a pre-WWII passenger aircraft.

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    Imperial War Museum

    by Airpunk Written Sep 20, 2007

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    VC10 and other big passenger aircraft
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    The aviation museum in Duxford, a branch of the Imperial War Museum, is one of the best aviation museums in Europe. Most exhibits are 20th century british aircraft, but there’s also a hall with american military aircraft and another one focusing on WWII, including vehicles and other militaria. You see why it is called a war museum. However, I did not spent much time in these areas as I am only interested in civil aircraft. Here, you will find the largest collection of British jetliners and propliners in the world, owned by the Duxford Aviation Society. Unfortunately, some of them aren’t even mentioned on the webpage (2007), but are – in my opinion – the best of this museum. VC-10, Trident, BAC 1-11, Viscount, Britannia, Dart Herald – all names from the golden turboprop and early jet age of the 1950s and 60s. These aircraft are parked outside and one of them is always open for the public. A couple of other british passenger liners are parked in halls, including Avro York, deHavilland Comet 4 and Concorde. An area in the museum is focused on more theoretical things like explaning how aircraft fly or questions about everyday flight operations. This part is not only suitable for children, but here they are encouraged to try out the facts on models and displays. Special events here do not include only special axhibitons, but flight shows aand music concerts. And last but not least, scenic flights are offered – depending on weather condition.
    All together, it is an experience to stroll through aviation history. Not only for aircraft geeks like me, but for all the small and big children amongst you. Oh, and if you also like the big passenger aircraft, just print out ma travellogue. It will provide you with some info about these old birds you won’t find on the museum’s page.

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  • Hangars 2 and 3

    by mke1963 Written Feb 22, 2007

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    Walking along the hangars at Duxford, you can get to see a huge range of aircraft on display but, more importantly, many more being restored by volunteers. Most of the volunteers are more than happy to chat about their aircraft and what they are doing right now. For many of the aircraft, the ultimate goal is to get them flying again.

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  • AirSpace Centre, IWM Duxford

    by mke1963 Written Feb 22, 2007

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    The newly opened (in 2006) AirSpace Centre is a memorial to British aviation history, and the hangar holds a vast number of aircraft and aviation equipment. The highlight for most visitors is the Concorde, but close runner ups must be the ill-fated TSR-2 and the brooding presence of the Avro Vulcan. Perhaps the most elegant (OK maybe except for the Concorde) is the beautiful old Viscount 700. In a separate area, awaiting major restoration is a Victor and a Comet.
    While this is a gargantuan collection of aircraft - the best single collection of British aircraft in existence? - I was disappointed by the lack of information about any of them, and particularly by the fact that about a third of the exhibits are hung from the ceiling where access is impossible. What makes the Concorde, the Vulcan and the Viscount so appealing here is that the visitors can get up close to the extent of being able to touch them. But many other interesting aircraft and helicopters remain high up in the rafters. Furthermore, the hangar has little in the way of interpretation or explanation, which is a pity.
    The upper floor has an excellent hands-on explanation of flight with working models and games to play, but it still felt a little remote from the aircraft just a few metres away

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  • Royal Anglian Regimental Museum

    by mke1963 Written Feb 22, 2007

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    On the lower floor of the Land Warfare Museum is the Museum of the Royal Anglian Regiment, in a series of rooms showing the history of this regiment from its earliest days right up to the current conflict in Iraq. I must admit to a special interest here, as the 3rd Battalion was part of the UN detachment in Cyprus when I was young. The museum probably appeals mainly to those with some form of connection to the regiment as it is mainly memorabilia. Sadly - for me and my memories - the 3rd Battalion no longer exists but has now been incorporated into the 2nd Battalion, the result of one of the many cutbacks in the UK armed forces.
    Once inside the IWM at Duxford, access to the Royal Anglian Regiment Museum is free.

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  • Land Warfare Museum - Part II

    by mke1963 Written Feb 22, 2007

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    Despite the superb displays and the impressive interpretation, I was still left feelng that it avoided making any social commentary on war and warfare: it is basically a "boys toys" museum, and the opportunity to educate about peace or about the horrors of war has been missed. It seemed to present war as a "lad's day out" with cool kit. I also noticed, later, that I felt that I had learnt nothing about any of the equipment and forgotten about most of it, remembering primarily the overall experience: while education is often considered secondary to entertainment, it should surely be some kind of priority - at the Land Warfare Museum it almost felt like there was no intention to educta, merely to show off big and beefy equipment. So.....mixed feelings about the Land Warfare Museum, but it would certainly be one of the highlights of a visit to Duxford.
    Entry is free, once you have paid the IWM Duxford entry fee.

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  • Land Warfare Museum - Part I

    by mke1963 Written Feb 22, 2007

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    The big attraction at Duxford is the huge collection of aircraft but the recently-built Land Warfare Museum is an interesting, if grim, collection of tanks, vehicles, cannons and all kinds of army engineering equipment. However, the method of display is simply superb, with most pieces positioned in a relevant diorama, all of which help to appreciate the context. Having spent much of the last four years trudging around dreary Chinese museums showing endless glass cabinets showing the same old things, this kind of innovative display and collection was just so welcome. The walkways change from concrete to sandy gravel to city streets, and there is even a stream running through one part of the museum. Despite the crowded space, the use of dioramas and excellent display panels works very well, enabling the visitor to separate the different pieces. Several of the dioramas are particularly chilling, including the shattered city street with broken buildings, broken suitcases and discarded dolls lying among the craters and broken bricks; meanwhile a tank lurks inside the shell of a gutted building. The far end of the museum houses a permanenet display dedicated to the D-Day Landings and "Monty" (Field Marshal Montgomery), but this didn't work so well and there are other better D-Day exhibits elsewhere. This part felt very much like an afterthought, and is an anti-climax after the superb build-up in the main hall.
    At the rear of the Land Warfare Museum, on the outside, is a small, extremely muddy area where tanks are put through their paces for the entertainment of the visitors.

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  • Imperial War Museum, Duxford

    by mke1963 Written Feb 19, 2007

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    One of the world's most substantive aviation museums, the Imperial War Museum's Duxford site has enough to hold visitors' attentions for more than a day.
    The site covers much of the former RAF Duxford aerodrome in Camridgeshire, and consists of a number of different collections. An additional highlight is the ability to walk through hangars where aircraft and aviation equipment is being lovingly restored by volunteers: it's as interesting to see many of these planes stripped don and in pieces as it is to see them whole.

    There are three main themed hangars, the first being the newly-opened AirSpace centre highlighting Britain's aviation heritage, the second is the American Air Museum (Duxford was an important USAF air base during the Second World War) and the Land Warfare Museum. There are also major displays and exhibitions on the Battle of Britain, "Monty" and the D-Day Landings. To complete the day, there is an impressive line up of vintage civil aircraft, including the wonderful Monarch Airways Bristol Britannia.

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  • IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

    by LISAMARK Written Aug 8, 2004

    WWII RAF AIR BASE TURNED INTO AIRCRAFT MUSEUM

    FROM BI-PLANES TO THE CONCORD
    B-17,B-29,B-52,HELICOPTORS

    AMERICAN, BRITISH, CANADIAN, RUSSIAN

    MILLITARY AND COMMERCIAL AIRPLANES

    SEE TANKS ON OBSTICAL COURSE

    WATCH CRAFSTMAN REFURBISH VINTAGE AIRCRAFT

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    Imperial War Museum

    by vibroverb Written Jan 4, 2003

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    There are over 180 historic biplanes, Spitfires, Concorde,Gulf War jets and many others on show at this museum.

    Open Daily 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, March 17 to October 27; 10.00 am to 4.00 pm for the rest of the year.

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    Berlin Wall

    by vibroverb Updated Jan 17, 2003

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    American Air Museum  - Berlin Wall

    This is a section of the Berlin Wall. Also there is a cruise missile and part of the Iraqi 'supergun' on display.

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    A Fine Arrangement

    by vibroverb Updated Jan 17, 2003

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    American Air Museum

    Many of the historic planes are suspended from the ceiling. The building was designed by Lord Foster and the centerpiece is a B-52 Stratofortress.

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