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Imperial War Museum Duxford, Duxford
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A British Concorde, Spitfire, and Lancaster are among the over 200 international aircraft at Imperial War Museum Duxford, Britain’s largest aviation museum. Housed on a former Royal Air Force airfield, the museum also has tanks, military vehicles, and naval vessels, including two midget submarines from World War II. A Battle of Britain exhibit is located in an original 1917 Belfast. A museum within a museum, the strikingly modern American Air Museum honors the 30,000 U.S. airmen who died flying from UK bases during World War II, as well as those who fought in battles since then. With our world travel planner, Duxford attractions like Imperial War Museum Duxford can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Just had the BEST time here, OK I'm a bit of a plane nerd and my husband is very accommodating. We spent 7 hours here and if my husband hadn't shown signs of serious flagging it would have been 8. Not... read more »
What a great place to spend a day. Halls 1, 7 and 8 are exceptional. Well done to all there. Great exhibits and staff. Thanks.
Having visited the London equivalent a few times, my brother suggested visiting here and whilst not as good, its a pretty close second. Many plane and aviation based but also does have some exhibits o... read more »
Duxford is a constantly evolving museum that is incredibly well maintained, and very accessible. The mix of static, airworthy, and privately maintained aircraft is fantastic, and it's a rare treat to be able to get so close to the exhibits. Being on an active airfield, it isn't unusual to see some of the historic aircraft being used as they were intended on a fine day.There is plenty of provision for all ages, and youngsters are especially well catered for with lots of hands-on opportunities. The American Air Museum has been moved around and more exhibits added for 2016, and it's made a great museum even better. Be sure to allow enough time to read plenty, and give it the time it deserves. Duxford needs a full day to take it all in, so try to get there early. If you have small children, it may be an idea to take a pushchair (stroller), as it's quite a walk to the land warfare museum at the far end. Also, as is often the case with museums, the food and drink is costly; however, there is lots of open space and grass to settle for a picnic. Well worth a visit. Or two.
Visited yesterday for the Flying Legends airshow. Brilliant day out. The airshow was fantastic & saw some of the museum when the planes were not flying. Will definitely be going back when it's quieter to see more.
Imperial War Museum Duxford provides the IWM with a very historic backdrop for its large displays of aircraft. With the outbreak of war in September 1939, RAF Duxford was home to three RAF squadrons engaged on coastal patrol duties. From July 1940, Duxford saw considerable action during the Battle of Britain as a sector station of RAF Fighter Command's No. 12 Group. In the middle years of the war RAF Duxford was home to specialist units, such as the tacticians and engineers of the Air Fighting Development Unit. In April 1942 the first Typhoon Wing was formed at RAF Duxford. From March 1943, became the wartime home of the the United States Army Air Forces' 78th Fighter Group which started to arrive at Duxford with their Republic P-47 Thunderbolts. The Group reequipped with North American P-51 Mustangs in December 1944 and until the end of the war in Europe the Group remained at RAF Duxford carrying out bomber escort and fighter sweeps, ground strafing and ground attack missions. The AirSpace Hangar, with it adjoining Air Assault displays, the flyable fighter aircraft in Hangar 2, Air & Sea in Hangar 3, Battle of Britain in Hangar 4, together with Hangar 5's Preservation in Action provide exciting displays of British Aviation glory on a large scale. The American Museum has all the large aircraft built for the United States military from WWII onward. The static displays are truly awesome. Great visit for any plane or history buff!!!
A top day out for our family. It helped that the sun was shining as we walked to the museum from Whittlesford Parkway train station (about 1.5 miles - mostly quiet roads with a busy bit to cross the M11), but this would probably still be great in the rain! It's a large site; be prepared for plenty of walking but that's because it's comprehensive. There's a huge array of aircraft to see and some to climb inside too. The hangers/ exhibitions are well laid out, everything well signed and explained and there are plenty of people about to ask if you have a question. There's a good playground for kids and a nice picnic area (though we brought our own food so I can't comment on the food on sale). We borrowed a wheelchair which was made very easy and turned out to be a good decision. They also run a minibus across the site to aid anyone who needs it in getting from one end to the other. The shop has a good range of gifts covering all ages and depths of pocket!. The bonus for us was the 'free airshow' we had at lunch time as the resident planes were practising for their summer shows.
A great, wide collection of aircraft from every stage in aviation history. Everything is wonderfully presented with personal stories and great info graphics demonstrating the scale of war. Pricey entrance but arguably worth it.
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