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Duxford Indoor Displays

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     1 : IWM History
     2 : IWM Duxford History
     3 : Indoor Displays
     4 : Outdoor Displays

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THE INDOOR DISPLAYS ARE
DESCRIBED BELOW.

To access a particular HANGAR
or BUILDING please click on the
appropriate heading below.


THE OUTDOOR DISPLAYS may
also be accessed from the last
heading below.


HANGAR 1 : AIRSPACE

In 2000, Duxford announced plans for the redevelopment of Hangar 1, previously known as the 'Superhangar', which was built in the 1980s. The plans would expand the building by 40%, providing more display and conservation space, improve internal conditions, and enable the museum's British and Commonwealth aircraft collection to be brought under cover. Planning permission was received later that year.

The project cost £25 million and was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the East of England Development Agency and BAE Systems, which contributed £6 million.

The building, which provides 12,000 m2 of floor space, consists of an aircraft conservation area, a large exhibition hall, and a mezzanine providing views of the aircraft and interactive educational installations exploring aeronautical engineering and the principles of flight.

AirSpace officially opened to the public on 12 July 2008. Over thirty aircraft are on display, dating back to the First World War

HANGAR 2 : FLYING AIRCRAFT

Hangar 2 is a double Type T2 hangar, erected in the 1970s. It occupies the site of a T2 hangar erected in the 1950s. It accommodates the flyable aircraft of Duxford's private aviation companies and allows visitors to see aircraft undergoing maintenance or restoration.

HANGAR 3 : AIR AND SEA

Hangar 3, an original Belfast truss hangar, houses Duxford's maritime exhibition. The collection includes a number of notable vessels and examples of naval aircraft.

HANGAR 4 : WW 1 AND BATTLE OF BRITAIN

This is one of Duxford's historic hangars, and now houses an exhibition exploring Duxford's history as an operational RAF airfield from the First World War to the Cold War.

The early period is represented by a Bristol Fighter, a type operated by Duxford's No.2 Flying Training School from 1920.

HANGAR 5 : CONSERVATION IN ACTION

The westernmost original hangar, houses Duxford's aircraft conservation workshops. Open to the public, the hangar allows visitors to see museum staff and volunteers at work on a variety of conservation tasks. Duxford is a partner with the British Aviation Preservation Council in the National Aviation Heritage Skills Initiative, which has been funded since 2005 by the Heritage Lottery Fund and aims to provide training to volunteers supporting aviation heritage projects.

BUILDING 6 : OPERATIONS ROOM 1940

A reconstruction in the actual building from which aircraft were controlled during the 'Battle of Britain' as well as at other times during WW2.

BUILDING 7 : AMERICAN AIR MUSEUM

From the late 1970s the museum acquired a number of important American aircraft. With Duxford's association with the US Army Air Forces, in the mid-1980s plans developed for a commemoration of the role of American air power in the Second World War.

A group of American supporters was formed, and the architect Sir Norman Foster was commissioned to design a new building. Fundraising for the project began in 1987, support and funds being sought in the United States; the Founding Member was General Jimmy Doolittle in 1989.

Fundraising events were held across the US in Houston (1989), Washington, D.C., (1991) and Los Angeles (1992). The project was widely supported in the United States by some 50,000 individual subscribers. A further one million dollars was secured from Saudi Arabia, and £6.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

On 8 September 1995 the groundbreaking for the new building was performed by wartime 78th Fighter Group veteran, Major James E Stokes.

BUILDING 8 : LAND FORCES MUSEUM

The building provides accommodation for the Imperial War Museum's collection of armoured vehicles, artillery and military vehicles. Also included are vehicles belonging to the Duxford Aviation Society Military Vehicle Section.

The hall comprises a viewing balcony that runs for most of the length of the hall, providing views over a range of tableaux of vehicles, tanks and artillery that run chronologically from the First World War to the present day.

OUTDOOR DISPLAYS : AIRCRAFT AND LAND VEHICLES ETC.

Aircraft are parked on the tarmac between the hangars and runway. Several aircraft may be open to visitors each day. Some of the aircraft may actually fly at events during the year. The B17 Flying Fortress 'Sally B' is one such example.

At the rear of the Land Forces museum various vehicles (tanks, lorries etc.) which are in a drivable state may be found. Demonstrations of their abilities are held from time to time.


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