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Posted on May 7, 2007 in Front Page Features, Stuff We Like

Duxford Delights

By Phil Royal

The Museum has recently invested in redevelopment of one of its hanger display areas, providing significantly more covered space to house some of its prize exhibits, some of which have had to bear the vagaries of the weather as there was no available covered space for their storage. The development is called Airspace, and complements the existing ‘American Air Museum’ building by providing a space specifically for display of the development of British aircraft – and particularly rare machines such as the Gladiator, Sunderland, TSR2, Concorde and Vulcan. Whilst not fully kitted out with exhibits and displays, the Airspace facility has been open to the public for limited access since Autumn 2006 and should be formally opened in the latter part of 2007. If you intend to visit before then, bear in mind there are some scheduled closures, so check with the museum beforehand (tel (01223) 835 000 or see the website).


The New Airspace Facility

Inside Airspace – Sunderland and Gladiator

Whilst there may still be work to be done to complete Airspace, the American Air Museum shows what can be achieved. An impressive array of aircraft, are displayed both on the ground and in the air, including a B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell, P-47 Thunderbolt, and aircraft from the Cold War era such as a B-52 Stratofortress, SR-71 Blackbird and F-4 Phantom. And if you visit, don’t miss the V1 launching ramp round the back!

TSR-2 Experimental Aircraft at Airspace

B17 and C47 in the American Air Museum

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