During my travels in the UK in June 2012 I took a day trip from London to Cambridge, then caught a shuttle bus from the train station direct to the Imperial War Museum Duxford (the whole process could not have been easier). This is a massive museum with one of the worlds finest aviation collections from World War One to the modern-day (fighters, bombers, trainers, transports, helicopters and more). Duxford is an incredible place for an aviation buff and one that needs to absolutely be on your “aviation bucket list”!
The collection is dispersed across a massive area on this old military airbase (operational from 1918-1968), with the majority located in large hangars. The key aviation displays are AirSpace (the story of British and Commonwealth aviation), Flying Aircraft (fully restored and privately owned aircraft that fly regularly at air shows and display days), Air and Sea (aircraft, boats and submarines), Battle of Britain (the story of Britain’s air defence from World War One to the Cold War), Conservation in Action (aircraft restoration hangar) and the American Air Museum (the story of American air power).
Air and Sea
Battle of Britain
Conservation in Action
American Air Museum
In addition to the aviation collection, Duxford has an impressive Land Warfare section where they have many military vehicles, weapons and artifacts on display. They also have operational tanks that are driven around their special “Tank Arena” throughout the year (unfortunately not on the day of my visit).
Around the airfield are static aircraft displays and the airfield itself is still active which provides not only the opportunity for annual air shows but also the chance to see warbirds flying around during your visit. You can also take joy flights if you have the money and the time!
Future posts on this blog will have more photos on each section of IWM Duxford. There are so many aircraft there to cover!