Imperial War Museum, Duxford

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Key Facts

Duxford, Cambridgeshire
SatNav: Region:
CB22 4QR East Anglia
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
General No
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 100+ Open

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What’s Here

The former Battle of Britain fighter airfield at Duxford is now home to one of the world’s largest collections of preserved military and civil aircraft. The military aircraft come from the Imperial War Museum’s extensive collection while the civil airliners belong to the Duxford Aviation Society. In addition, an increasing number of private warbird and vintage aircraft operators have chosen to base their aircraft at Duxford. These include the B-17 Flying Fortress ‘Sally B’, The Fighter Collection, The Old Flying Machine Company, and the Aircraft Restoration Company/British Aerial Museum with restored and operated the well known Bristol Blenheim. Original World War I hangars stand in contrast to the American Air Museum and it’s glass front wall. Elsewhere on site can be found the Land Warfare Exhibition for military vehicle enthusiasts, and a restored Battle of Britain Operations Room. Flying displays are held during the summer season and prove extremely popular, while pleasure flights are available on most weekends.

The former Parachute Regiment And Airborne Forces Museum at Aldershot moved here during 2008, under the name ‘Airborne Assault Duxford’. The American Air Museum was subject to an extensive makeover and reopened again in 2016.


Duxford Airfield, Junction 10 of the M11, south of Cambridge. Well signposted.

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Opening Hours:

Daily 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, Mid-March to late October; 10.00 am to 4.00 pm for the rest of the year. Last admission 45 minutes before closing. Closed December 24-26 and January 1.


See official website for details.


Toilets, Parking, Cafe, Picnic area, Souvenir shop, Pleasure flights, Access for the disabled.

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Amiot AAC.1 ‘1Z+NK’ (photo, Allan Barley) Avro Lancaster X KB889 (photo, Allan Barley)
Avro Vulcan B.2 XJ824 (photo, Allan Barley) BAC Strikemaster 80 1133 (photo, Allan Barley)

List of Aircraft Exhibits


Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
Main Exhibition
G-ALZO Airspeed Ambassador 2 G-ALZO Complete Restoration
Airspeed Horsa II Nose Displayed
V3388 Airspeed Oxford I V3388 Complete Displayed
XP281 Auster AOP.9 XP281 Complete Displayed
N4877 Avro Anson I N4877 Complete Displayed
KB889 Avro Lancaster X KB889 Complete Displayed
XF708 Avro Shackleton MR.3/3 XF708 Complete Restoration
XJ824 Avro Vulcan B.2 XJ824 Complete Displayed
G-ANTK Avro York C.1 G-ANTK Complete Displayed
18393 Avro Canada CF-100 Mk.IVB 18393 Complete Displayed
G-AVMU BAC 111-510ED G-AVMU Complete Restoration
1133 BAC Strikemaster 80 1133 Complete Stored
XR222 BAC TSR-2 XR222 Complete Displayed
G-AXDN BAC/SNIAS Concorde 101 G-AXDN Complete Displayed
72-21605 Bell UH-1H Iroquois 72-21605 Complete Displayed
‘231983’ Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 44-83735 Complete Displayed
461748 Boeing TB-29A Superfortress 461748 Complete Displayed
60689 Boeing B-52D Stratofortress 60689 Complete Displayed
‘217786’ Boeing PT-17 Kaydet CF-EQS Complete Displayed
G-AOVT Bristol Britannia 312 G-AOVT Complete Displayed
E2581 Bristol F.2b Fighter E2581 Complete Displayed
B2I-27 CASA 2-111B (Heinkel He 111) B2I-103 Complete Stored
HM580 Cierva (Avro) C.30A HM580 Complete Displayed
G-USUK Colt 2500A balloon gondola G-USUK Complete Displayed
‘450493’ Consolidated B-24M Liberator 44-51228 Complete Displayed
D5649 de Havilland D.H.9 D5649 Complete Displayed
G-APDB de Havilland Comet 4 G-APDB Complete Displayed
G-ALFU de Havilland Dove 6 G-ALFU Complete Displayed
TA719 de Havilland Mosquito TT.35 TA719 Complete Displayed
XG613 de Havilland Sea Venom FAW.21 XG613 Complete Displayed
XS576 de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2 XS576 Complete Displayed
‘N6635’ de Havilland Tiger Moth ? Complete Displayed
WZ590 de Havilland Vampire T.11 WZ590 Complete Displayed
315509 Douglas C-47A Skytrain 315509 Complete Displayed
WH725 English Electric Canberra B.2 WH725 Complete Displayed
XM135 English Electric Lightning F.1 XM135 Complete Displayed
ZH590 Eurofighter Typhoon DA4 ZH590 Complete Restoration
77-0259 Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II 77-0259 Complete Displayed
XG797 Fairey Gannet ECM.6 XG797 Complete Displayed
NF370 Fairey Swordfish III NF370 Complete Displayed
Fieseler Fi 103 (V-1) BAPC.93 Complete Displayed
Fieseler Fi 103 (V-1) & launch ramp BAPC.36 Complete Displayed
100143 Focke-Achgelis Fa 330A-1 100143 Complete Displayed
A-549 FMA IA.58 Pucara A-549 Complete Stored
General Aircraft Hotspur II Nose Stored
67-0120 General Dynamics F-111E 67-0120 Complete Displayed
General Dynamics F-111F ? Cockpit Stored
XH897 Gloster Javelin FAW.9 XH897 Complete Displayed
WK991 Gloster Meteor F.8 WK991 Complete Displayed
‘46214’ Grumman TBM-3E Avenger CF-KCG Complete Displayed
TG528 Handley Page Hastings C.1A TG528 Complete Displayed
G-APWJ Handley Page Herald 201 G-APWJ Dismantled Displayed
G-ALDG Handley Page Hermes 4 G-ALDG Fuselage Displayed
XH648 Handley Page Victor B.1A XH648 Complete Displayed
N-250 Hawker Hunter F.6 N-250 Nose Displayed
XE627 Hawker Hunter F.6A XE627 Complete Displayed
‘P2954’ Hawker Hurricane BAPC.267 FSM Displayed
‘Z2315’ Hawker Hurricane IIb ? Complete Displayed
WM969 Hawker Sea Hawk FB.5 WM969 Complete Displayed
Hawker Typhoon Ib Cockpit Displayed
XV865 Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.2B XV865 Complete Displayed
XZ133 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 XZ133 Complete Displayed
G-AVFB Hawker Siddeley Trident 2E G-AVFB Complete Displayed
61-7962 Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird 61-7962 Complete Displayed
14286 Lockheed T-33A 14286 Complete Displayed
66692 Lockheed U-2CT 66692 Complete Displayed
155529 McDonnell Douglas F-4J(UK) Phantom 155529 Complete Displayed
XV474 McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2 XV474 Complete Displayed
76-0020 McDonnell-Douglas F-15A Eagle 76-0020 Complete Displayed
1190 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 1190 Complete Displayed
501 Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-21PF Fishbed 501 Complete Displayed
G-AFBS Miles Magister BB661 Complete Displayed
3685 Mitsubishi A6M3 Model 22 ‘Zero’ 3685 Complete Stored
North American Harvard IIIb B-168 Complete Displayed
31171 North American B-25J Mitchell 31171 Complete Displayed
42165 North American F-100D Super Sabre 42165 Complete Displayed
‘463209’ North American P-51D Mustang BAPC.255 FSM Displayed
XT581 Northrop Shelduck D.1 XT581 Complete Displayed
ZA465 Panavia Tornado GR.1B ZA465 Complete Displayed
LZ766 Percival Proctor III LZ766 Complete Stored
Pilcher Hawk BAPC.57 Replica Displayed
‘226413’ Republic P-47D Thunderbolt N47DD Complete Displayed
F3556 Royal Aircraft Factory RE.8 F3556 Complete Displayed
252983 Schweizer TG-3A 252983 Dismantled Stored
XX108 SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1A XX108 Complete Displayed
ML796 Short Sunderland MR.5 ML796 Complete Displayed
XN239 Slingsby Cadet TX.3 XN239 Dismantled Stored
‘S4513’ SPAD XIII G-BFYO Reproduction Displayed
‘X4178’ Supermarine Spitfire I BAPC.??? FSM Displayed
VN485 Supermarine Spitfire F.24 VN485 Complete Displayed
G-ASGC Vickers Super VC10 G-ASGC Complete Displayed
G-ALWF Vickers Viscount 701 G-ALWF Complete Displayed
‘V9673’ Westland Lysander III G-LIZY Complete Displayed
XV712 Westland Sea King HAS.6 XV712 Complete Displayed
XS567 Westland Wasp HAS.1 XS567 Complete Displayed
XS863 Westland Wessex HAS.1 XS863 Complete Displayed
XK936 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 XK936 Complete Displayed
Aircraft Restoration Company*
‘1164’ Beech 18 3TM ? Complete Airworthy
’44’ Boeing PT-27 Kaydet ? Complete Airworthy
‘R3821’ Bristol Bolingbroke IVT ? Complete Restoration
R5136 de Havilland Tiger Moth R5136 Complete Airworthy
G-DHCZ DHC Beaver AL.1 XP772 Complete Airworthy
WB604 DHC Chipmunk T.10 WB604 Complete Airworthy
WD373 DHC Chipmunk T.10 WD373 Complete Airworthy
WP840 DHC Chipmunk T.10 WP840 Complete Airworthy
WP859 DHC Chipmunk T.10 WP859 Complete Airworthy
WP929 DHC Chipmunk T.10 WP929 Complete Airworthy
SE-BRG Fairey Firefly TT.1 DT989 Complete Being Restored
980554 Flug Werke FW 190A-8/N G-FWAB Complete Airworthy
G-BWUE Hispano HA-1112M1L Buchon N109ME Complete Airworthy
G-AWHE Hispano HA-1112M1L Buchon G-AWHE Complete Airworthy
G-ASTG Nord 1002 G-ASTG Complete Airworthy
8178 North American F-86A Sabre 8178 Complete Airworthy
1747 North American Harvard IV 1747 Complete Airworthy
517692 North American T-28A Fennec 517692 Complete Airworthy
119 North American T-28B Fennec 119 Complete Airworthy
3349 North American NA-64 Yale G-BYNF Complete Airworthy
99+26 North American OV-10B Bronco G-BZGL Complete Airworthy
99+32 North American OV-10B Bronco G-BZGK Complete Airworthy
XX543 Scottish Aviation Bulldog T.1 XX543 Complete Airworthy
‘MH415’ Supermarine Spitfire FSM Displayed
Supermarine Spitfire IX SAAF ? Complete Being Restored
V9312 Westland Lysander IIIA G-CCOM/N3039K Complete Restoration
G-BRVE Beech D.17S G-BRVE Complete Airworthy (TFC)
‘A19-144’ Bristol Beaufighter 21 ? Complete Airworthy (TFC)
’82’ Curtiss 75A-1 Hawk G-CCVH Complete Airworthy (TFC)
‘284’ Curtiss P-40B Warhawk G-CDWH Complete Airworthy (TFC)
‘X-17’ Curtiss P-40F Warhawk G-CGZP Complete Airworthy (TFC)
TV959 de Havilland Mosquito III TV959 Complete Stored (TFC)
Fiat CR.42 G-CBLS Complete Airworthy (TFC)
N5903 Gloster Gladiator II G-GLAD Complete Airworthy (TFC)
‘40467’ Grumman F6F-5K Hellcat ? Complete Airworthy (TFC)
21714 Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat 21714 Complete Airworthy (TFC)
G-RUMW Grumman FM-2 Wildcat G-RUMW Complete Airworthy (TFC)
S1581 Hawker Nimrod I S1581 Complete Airworthy (TFC)
VX653 Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 VX653 Complete Airworthy (TFC)
VZ345 Hawker Sea Fury T.20 VZ345 Complete Airworthy (TFC)
FE695 North American Harvard IIIB FE695 Complete Airworthy (TFC)
‘2106449’ North American P-51C Mustang G-PSIC Complete Airworthy (TFC)
‘463864’ North American P-51D Mustang Fv26158 Complete Airworthy (TFC)
44-84847 North American TF-51D Mustang 44-84847 Complete Airworthy (TFC)
G-AKAZ Piper L-4A Cub G-AKAZ Complete Airworthy (TFC)
42-25068 Republic P-47G Thunderbolt N47DG/G-CDVX Complete Airworthy (TFC)
EP120 Supermarine Spitfire V EP120 Complete Airworthy (TFC)
‘MV268’ Supermarine Spitfire XIV MV293 Complete Airworthy (TFC)
PK624 Supermarine Spitfire F.22 PK624 Complete Airworthy (TFC)
‘KD345’ Vought FG-1D Corsair ? Complete Airworthy (TFC)
8084 North American AT-6D Texan LN-AMY Complete Airworthy (OFMC)
‘463221’ North American P-51D Mustang G-BTCD Complete Airworthy (OFMC)
MH434 Supermarine Spitfire IX G-ASJV Complete Airworthy (OFMC)
TE184 Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVIE G-AMXVI Complete Airworthy(OFMC)
Historic Aircraft Collection/Historic Flying Ltd
D7889 Bristol F.2b Fighter G-AANM Complete Airworthy
WK522 DHC Chipmunk T.10 WK522 Complete Stored
FE992 North American Harvard IIB G-BDAM Complete Airworthy
RX168 Supermarine Seafire III G-BWEM Complete Being Restored
P9374 Supermarine Spitfire I G-MKIA Complete Being Restored
MJ271 Supermarine Spitfire IX MJ271 Complete Airworthy
MK912 Supermarine Spitfire IX G-BRRA Complete Airworthy
PL983 Supermarine Spitfire PR.IX G-PRIX Complete Airworthy
‘UB424’ Supermarine Spitfire LF.IXe SL633/UB425/G-CZAF Complete Stored
RK858 Supermarine Spitfire IX RK858 Complete Being Restored
‘H-98’ Supermarine Spitfire Tr.IX PV202/G-CCCA Complete Airworthy
SM845 Supermarine Spitfire XVIII G-BUOS Complete Airworthy
G-AKIF de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide G-AKIF Complete Airworthy (Classic Wings)
HG691 de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide G-AIYR Complete Airworthy (Classic Wings)
R4922 de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth G-APAO Complete Airworthy (Classic Wings)
G-ANPE de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth G-ANPE Complete Airworthy (Classic Wings)
DF112 de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth G-ANRM Complete Airworthy (Classic Wings)
1747 North American Harvard IV G-BGPB Complete Airworthy (Classic Wings)
Other Operators
G-AGTO Auster J/1 Autocrat G-AGTO Complete Airworthy
‘124485’ Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress G-BEDF Complete Airworthy
‘433915’ Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina G-PBYA Complete Airworthy
G-AGJG de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide X7344 Complete Airworthy
G-ACMN de Havilland Leopard Moth G-ACMN Complete Airworthy
WK585 DHC Chipmunk T.10 WK585 Complete Airworthy
WK624 DHC Chipmunk T.10 WK624 Complete Airworthy
WZ979 DHC Chipmunk T.10 WZ979 Complete Airworthy
L7181 Hawker Hind I G-CBLK Complete Stored
K5674 Hawker Fury I K5674 Complete Airworthy
‘Z5140’ Hawker Hurricane XII G-HURI Complete Airworthy
K3661 Hawker Nimrod II G-BURZ Complete Airworthy
‘1’ (red) Hispano HA-1112M1L Buchon ‘Bf 109’ G-BWUE Complete Airworthy
‘DM+8K’ Morane Saulnier MS.505 Criquet G-BPHZ Complete Airworthy
’43’ North American Harvard IIB G-AZSC Complete Airworthy
’57-H’ Piper L-4A Cub G-RRSR Complete Airworthy
BM597 Supermarine Spitfire Vb BM597 Complete Airworthy

OFMC = Old Flying Machine Company
TFC = The Fighter Collection
* Also known as British Aerial Museum.
** Under rebuild/restoration.
%% Not assembled – pod and wings in separate buildings.
$ Not on public display.


Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Fate
‘4V+GH’ Amiot AAC.1 Toucan (“Junkers Ju 52/3mge”) to Poland
D8084 Bristol F.2b Fighter D8084 Moved to New Zealand
‘LG+01’ Bucker Bu 133C Jungmeister G-AYSJ Sold
’49’ Curtiss TP-40M Warhawk G-KITT Sold
57 Dassault Mystere IVA 57 Returned to USA
XG743 de Havilland Sea Vampire T.22 XG743 moved to Aircraft Restoration Group, Ripon
WB569 De Havilland Canada Chipmunk T.10 G-BYSJ Moved to Kemble
SE-CAU Fairey Firefly FR.1 SE-CAU Moved to the Netherlands
80425 Grummand F7F-3P Tigercat 80425 Sold in USA
KZ321 Hawker Hurricane IV G-HURY Sold
‘42161’ Lockheed T-33A/N Silver Star G-TBRD/’21261′ Written off after a crash in Sept 2006
191660 Messerschmitt Me 163B-1 Komet 191660 Sold to USA
3794 Mikoyan-Gurevitch MiG-15 3794 moved to Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum
96+21 Mil Mi-24 Hind 96+21 to Pima Air Museum, USA
‘CF+HF’ Morane-Saulnier MS.502 Criquet (“Fieseler Fi-156 Storch”) Sold
‘226671’ Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Sold in USA
35075 SAAB 35 Draken 35075 Loaned to Dumfries & Galloway Museum
JG891 Supermarine Spitfire Vc G-LFVC Sold in USA
RN201 Supermarine Spitfire XIVe RN201 Sold
TE184 Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVIe TE184 Sold
WJ945 Vickers Varsity T.1 WJ945 to Classic Air Force, Newquay
G-OPAS Vickers Viscount G-OPAS (Nose) Moved to Bournemouth Aviation Museum

More Information

Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambs, CB22 4QR. Tel: 01223 835000, e-mail:, Official Website.

The American Air Museum, with glass front removed
for an aircraft reshuffle. (photo, Allan Barley)

More photos on the next few pages…

5 thoughts on “Imperial War Museum, Duxford

  1. Hello

    I am looking for informationon 2 A/C seen on the 4th September 2004 please? Number 19? and 325147. Can anyone help me with these?

    Many thanks

    Gordon Avery

  2. Hi Gordon,
    325147 was a North American P-51C Mustang s/n 43-25147
    carried civil registration G-PSIC
    19 is a Polikarpov I-15bis s/n 02089
    hope this info helps you
    Robert Hodgson

  3. I recently visited the Duxford Air Shiow on the 8th September and was amazed to see only 6 ,aircraft parked up on the far side.In years gone by there was always many visitinfg aircraft which for me made it a far more interesting day out.
    Am I to assume that this was unusual or did I just get unlucky.

    P.S would anyone know the identity of those 6 aircraft .Thanks

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