In 2010, during the visit to Duxford Flying Legends airshow, due to early arrival, I had a chance to visit Imperial War Museum Duxford. Basically there are a few hangars converted to different displays which I will try to show you in the next few posts. First one being US Hangar with mainly USAF birds and an odd Navy and Army example.
B-17G Flying Fortress “overlown” by C-47 Skytrain (military version of famous DC-3) in D-day markings (have you seen Band of Brothers series?)
Four leaf clover and Dugan – sounds too Irish not be true, right? B-24M Liberator – another WW2 heavy weight bomber in USAAF arsenal.
Boeing Stearman – another legend which produced a plethora of pilots over decades of its use around the world. A very popular warbird still today (had a chance of flying with her).
The mighty tankbuser, A-10A Thunderbolt II proved its worth at the time, when facing early retirement – in 1991 Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and Kuwait. And no, she’s not retired yet; only upgraded
F-111 Aardvark was one of the biggest attack fighters in USAF inventory and a swing-winger to boot.
Spad of LaFayette Escadrille. The later was an American volunteer Escadrille inside French Air Service and proved its worth during the harshest WW1 battles, making its debut at Verdun in 1916.
Yeah, you’re seeing it right – there’s a huge B-52D Stratofortress parked inside this hangar among other exhibits.
US Hangar would seem empty without a legendary F-4 Phantom – in this case US Navy -J version.
UH-1 Huey earned its fame in Vietnam war and is still in use in a number of countries all around the world.
F-100 Super Sabre, first USAF supersonic fighter in SEA camouflage distinct of Vietnam era.
Famous spyplane U-2 Dragonlady. Two USAF birds were shot down during its career, one over Cuba and the other over Soviet Union. Upgraded version is still in use today.
And perhaps even more famous spyplane – SR-71 Blackbird. Blackbird was the fastest operational aircraft in the world, exceeding speeds of Mach 3 in cruise flight.