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Rob Pollock
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RAF Duxford – New Generation

June 26, 2014 · in Uncategorized · 12 · 2.6K

I've been to RAF Duxford (Imperial War Museum) many times, and have several hundred photos of the aircraft there. Two of my grandsons were off school today, and my wife and I thought it would be nice to take them there, as they've never been that close to aircraft, and certainly hadn't seen a 'living' museum of this type.

It was interesting, to see the place through their eyes, and to answer their questions, trying to explain what the Battle of Britain was to a six- and eight-year old...

Here are a few shots of the day.

Thinking of building the new Airfix 1/24 Typhoon? Here are detail photos of the Typhoon's Sabre VII engine.

Or how about the new Revell Stearman?

English Electric Lightning, with loadout.

Lancaster bomb bay.

Anyone for rigging? A DH9 here.

A P-40 airing its socks.

A white Catalina on test.

A P-51D on flightline, waiting to embark at the end of the (grass) runway - notice the Tiger Moth on finals behind it.

P/W J-58 Turbojet engine (for Blackbird).

Hurricane - leading edge light, and armament.

Spitfire on test, and after.

A beautiful Hellcat returned from test. Note underside exhaust stain.

Goodbye to Duxford - for now.

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12 responses

  1. Rob,
    What a treat for your grandsons, with an airshow added as well! And your beautiful photos are something for us iModeler folks to enjoy. The Sabre engine is a real monster, and one of my favorite aero engines. Well done, and many thanks for posting.

  2. Thanks for sharing Rob.
    Some really good pics there, and it looks like you had a great time out with the grand children.
    Those ones of the Napier engine are smart.
    Now thinking of getting the Tiffie for Xmas.

  3. Thanks for posting Rob. Great pictures from a museum I may get to see someday. I know they have online exhibits, but not the same thing. Looks like a fun day and a chance to hook two more into loving airplanes and plane modelling!

  4. Beautiful photo album, sir...excuse me while I turn green with envy.

  5. Thanks for sharing Rob. Never get tired of looking at aircraft.

  6. Thank you for sharing, this is on of my dreams to travel to Duxford or a
    other good place to see warbirds.

  7. Great photos, thanks for the posting, wonderful detail.

  8. Rob,
    That's all I need is a detailed view of the Typhoon engine. It directs me to the 1/24th Typhoon which I need like I need a hole in my head

  9. This is so awesome. It'd be a dream come true for me, being in Australia...

  10. Great pictures, amazing piece of machinery that Sabre engine! Visited Duxford and Hendon way back in 2001, very special places.

  11. Love That Spit! Is it a Mk1 or Mk2?

    • Hi Juan,

      It's Spitfire F Mk.Ia N3200 (G-CFGJ). Owned by the Mark One Partnership LLC, and based at Duxford Airfield. First post-restoration flight took place on 26 March 2014 at Duxford. Ex 19 Sqn machine, she sports the QV squadron codes she wore when she was shot down on 26 May 1940 in support of the Operation DYNAMO evacuation of Dunkirk with Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Stevenson, 19 Sqn OC, at the controls.

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