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Avro Shackleton - Duxford Air Museum Sally-B B17 Flying Fortress Bomber at The Imperial War Museum Duxford Model of a World War Two aircraft spotter at Duxford Air Museum Vulcan Bomber XJ824 at The Imperial War Museum Duxford
Picture if a Vulcan Bomber XH558 and link to the Vulcan To The Sky website.
The interior of the newly rebuilt main hanger at Duxford Air Museum

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Duxford Air Museum is located just outside the Cambridgeshire village of Duxford and adjacent to the M11 motorway. Duxford Air museum is the main aviation component of the Imperial War Museum located in London and sister to HMS Belfast and the Cabinet War Rooms also to be found in London.

Duxford Air museum is located on the site of the former RAF Duxford military air base which saw much action during World War Two. The Museum today still contains many original buildings dating back to the second world war and even contains a replica prefab house together with vegetable plot and Anderson Shelter domestic air raid protection facility.

Duxford Air Museum also plays host to The American Air Museum which is located in it's own purpose built hanger which was designed by Sir Norman Foster. Duxford Air Museum is located approximately fifteen minutes drive from Madingley American Cemetery which can be reached via the M11 Motorway.

RAF Duxford dates back to 1918 with many of the buildings constructed by German POW's during World War One. After the war the base became an operational RAF airfield. In 1936 Frank Whittle (The inventor of the jet engine) studying at nearby Cambridge University, flew regularly from Duxford as part of the University Air Corps. As home to number 19 squadron, Duxford became the first RAF base to house the newly developed Supermarine Spitfire. Duxford played a significant role during World War Two particularly during the battle of Britain and was home to Douglas Bader and his "Big Wing" ariel defence concept. In 1943 Duxford was assigned to the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) as station number 357 (DX) and as an Eighth Air Force fighter command base was home to various American Fighters assigned amongst other things to Escort American B17 bombers flying from other USAAF bases in southern England. The 78th fighter group and their P47's and converted P51 Mustangs participated as such escorts and were also involved in numerous other combat operations in Holland, France and Germany itself.

After the war Duxford was returned to the RAF, a new concrete runway was built and the base became home to 64 & 65 squadrons with their Gloucester Meteor F8's in the early fifties. Duxford's RAF career was to be short lived and in 1961 the last Gloucester Javelin FAW.7. flew out of Duxford ending the base's operation RAF history.

Duxford played a significant role in the 1968 film "The Battle of Britain" with some outstanding ariel photography over the site. In 1977 the Imperial War Museum took over RAF Duxford and the runway was shortened due to the construction of the M11 motorway. More recently the award winning American Air Museum was opened at Duxford and also the main aircraft hanger was replaced with what is now the much larger "Airspace" building hosting some of Duxford's larger aircraft exhibits.

Concorde 101 prototype at Duxford Air Museum

Featured Aircraft - BAC / Aerospatiale Concorde Prototype 101

Concorde 101 was the third prototype Concorde built for pre production testing purposes which started in 1971 and continued for the next five years until commercial operations began at British Airways in 1976.

This Concorde prototype is now a key exhibit at Duxford Air Museum and can be found in the main "Airspace" exhibition hanger. Visitors can board the aircraft and view the interior including the cockpit. Inside, the aircraft is still fitted out with the original test equipment and interesting descriptions are provided of it's role in the Concorde development project.

Concorde 101 is owned by the Duxford Aviation Society. Concorde 101 arrived at Duxford Air Museum in 1977 prior to the shortening of the runway.

The Land Warfare Hall At The Imperial War Museum Duxford Air Museum

The Land Warfare Hall is located at the far end of Duxford Air Museum a short walk from the American Air Museum. The Land Warfare Hall houses Duxford's collection of tanks, military vehicles and artillery pieces. The Land warfare hall also contains the Royal Anglian Regiment museum.

Tanks are sometimes driven outside the Land Warfare Hall on a dedicated area containing adverse terrain and obstacles that demonstrate the tanks' capabilities.