American Air Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK

The American Air Museum at Duxford is an awesome museum. Not so much the aircraft but the actual building itself. It is built into a bank and is just stunning. The aircraft and articfacts are extremely interesting and it was here that I saw my first SR-71 Blackbird. The museum is in honour of all airmen and aircraft that have been ionvolved in wars around the world. More importantly, the price paid by WW2 airmen. The walkway up to the entrance has a glass wall with several thousand aircraft (B-17's mainly) etched into the wall, representing the aircraft lost in the war. A very disturbing amount of aircraft and men involved! The largest aircraft is the B52 bomber and takes up an fair amount of space. A very interesting object is one piece of Saddam Hussein's Supergun. It is a tube made of high quality steel and when bolted together would have made a huge gun for Hussein to toss large bombs around the area!

Also well worth the visit. Duxford is an amazing place for the aviation enthusiast - plan on a two day visit to this wonderful place.

Photographs taken with a Canon 30D and 17-85mm lens.

American_023 - The American Air Force Museum at Duxford Dux2007_006 - the walkway up to the entrance has a wall of glass etched with thousands of bombers - each one representing one missing or shot down aircraft during WW2 American_001 - the first aircraft you see is the huge Boeing B-52D Stratofortress cockpit American_002 - General Dynamics F-111E American_003 - one of the enginepods of the B52 - two engines per pod American_004 - a Lockheed U2-C - The U-2C on display, serial 56-6692, was originally a U-2A built for the CIA and first flew in October 1956. It flew on spying missions over the Soviet Union and later flew sorties over China. Its last flight was in December 1987. American_005 - one part of Saddam Huseins supergun barrel American_006 - Consolidated B-24M Liberator American_007 - a view of the hangar American_008 - Shaun checking the stats of the Supergun barrel American_009 - artwork on the General Dynamics F-111E American_010 - General Dynamics F-111E American_011 - Boeing B-52D Stratofortress American_012 - McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II American_013 - Lockheed T-33A American_014 - Boeing B-29A Superfortress American_015 - Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II American_016 - the pointy and business end of the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II American_017 - Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress American_018 - Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress American_019 - Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress American_022 - Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird American_020 - the engines of the Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird American_021 - North American B-25J Mitchell