Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Large-scale photographs from a visit on 7 April 2011.  Click on an image to view in high resolution.

 

Supermarine Spitfire.

Supermarine Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV, MV268

Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV, MV268

Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV, MV268

Hawker Hurricane

Hawker Hurricane

Hawker Hurricane

Hawker Hurricane

Hawker Hurricane

Hawker Hurricane

Avro Lancaster Bomber  Mk X, serial number KB889.  Crew of 7; four engines: Packard Merlin 28 liquid cooled V-12 piston, 1,390 hp each. 

Below & right is the radio position with a detail of the downward-facing radar display. 

Avro Lancaster Bomber  Mk X

Avro Lancaster Bomber  Mk X

Avro Lancaster Bomber  Mk X

Lancaster bomber radio operator position

Lancaster bomber downward-facing radar display

Royal Air Force (RAF) Duxford, Battle of Britain air operations room. 

 

The United States Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force also flew out of Duxford.  Designated base 357 in April 1943, Duxford was home to the 82nd, 83rd, and 84th Fighter Squadrons of the 78th Fighter Group. 

Consolidated B-24M Liberator.  More B-24 bombers were built than any other American aircraft in World War II. 

Consolidated B-24M Liberator

Consolidated B-24M Liberator

Douglas C-47 Skytrain.  Crew of 4; Two 1,200 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830 piston engines.  The C-47 is the military version of the DC-3 and became the most widely-used transport aircraft.  This aircraft is C-47A-85-DL. 

Douglas C-47 Skytrain

Douglas C-47 Skytrain

Grumman F8F Bearcat

Grumman F8F Bearcat

Grumman F8F Bearcat

Grumman F8F Bearcat

Grumman F8F Bearcat

Grumman F8F Bearcat

Grumman F8F Bearcat

Grumman F8F Bearcat

Grumman F8F Bearcat

Grumman F8F Bearcat

Grumman F8F Bearcat

Grumman F8F Bearcat


Nazi German V-1 flying bomb cruise missile and launching apparatus.  These photographs show the steam-driven launch ramp with the piston & cylinder used to get the Argus pulse-jet motor up to speed. 

German V-1 flying bomb cruise missile

German V-1 flying bomb cruise missile

German V-1 flying bomb cruise missile

German V-1 flying bomb cruise missile

German V-1 flying bomb cruise missile

German V-1 flying bomb cruise missile

German V-1 flying bomb cruise missile

German V-1 flying bomb cruise missile

German V-1 flying bomb cruise missile

German V-1 flying bomb cruise missile

German V-1 flying bomb cruise missile

German V-1 flying bomb cruise missile

German V-1 flying bomb cruise missile

 
Heinkel He-111E tail section recovered from a wrecked aircraft in Storvatnet Lake, Norway in 1974. 

Heinkel He-111E tail section

 

World War I Spad bi-plane

Spad bi-plane

 

Boeing PT-17 Stearman.  Most American pilots in World War II learned to fly in the Stearman. 

Boeing PT-17 Stearman

Boeing PT-17 Stearman

Boeing PT-17 Stearman

Boeing PT-17 Stearman

Boeing PT-17 Stearman

Boeing PT-17 Stearman

 

 


General Dynamics F-111E "Aardvark" the first swing-wing combat aircraft.  Crew of two; powered by two Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-3 turbofan engines of 18,500 lbs thrust each.  Serial number 67-0120. 

General Dynamics F-111E

 

The de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide, a short-haul passenger airliner.

de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide

de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide

 

de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide

 
Vickers Viscount medium-range turboprop airliner

Vickers Viscount medium-range turboprop airliner

Vickers Viscount medium-range turboprop airliner

 

Vickers Viscount medium-range turboprop airliner

 
Concorde 101: pre-production prototype.  First flew in December, 1971 and served as a test article for five years.  This aircraft holds the Concorde speed record of Mach 2.23 as well as the fastest westerly transatlantic flight for civil aircraft: 2 hours, 56 minutes. 

Crew of 6; Four Rolls-Royce Snecma Olympus 593 Mk 602 turbojet engines of 38,000 lbs thrust each. 

Concorde 101- supersonic passenger jet

Concorde 101- supersonic passenger jet

 

Concorde 101- supersonic passenger jet

 
Avions Robin HR200, a sweet aerobatic trainer!

Avions Robin HR200

 
Map Caravan used by "Monty," Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC.  This caravan was built by Fordson in 1944 and served as Monty's tactical HQ throughout the European campaign following D-Day. 

Montgomery Map Caravan

Montgomery Map Caravan

 

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