1There’s a number of true aviation relics on the grounds of IMW Duxford but I find this one as most remarkable – a piece of canvas from the wing of Wright Brothers Flyer aircraft – which made the first powered flight in history.

2BAe Harrier Gr.3 – Harrier’s were unique as being the first operational aircraft that could land and take off vertically and even hover in flight as helicopters. Gr.3 version operated by RAF was extensively used in 1982 during the Falklands war supporting the British ground forces from makeshift beach FOBs.

3Lysander as an interesting looking aircraft for sure. During WW2 it was mainly used for clandenstine operations, infiltrating the Luftwaffe fighter cover and landing on fields in occupied France, picking up downed pilots and infiltrating spies and special ops.

4Anyway as this and the following photo show, this part of the museum is HUUUUUGE. You can see on of the Concorde prototypes on the left, flanked by TSR-2 on the right.

5Dambusting Lancaster earned its place here as well. The cylindrical object seen below the engine is actually the infamous dam busting bouncing bomb. In the background Vulcan and Sunderland bombers can be seen among others.

6Legendary Canberra bomber took first flight in 1949 and served in RAF until 2006. It was exported to many countries and produced under license in US as B-57 – Two of them are still used by NASA for high altitude meterological research tests.

7BAC TSR-2 was a British strike and reconnaissance fighter that was way ahead of its time. Unfortunately due to the rising costs and mostly due to politics, the project was cancelled after only a few were completed in mid-60s.

8Comet was the first jet airliner in the world. Unfortunately several crashed during its early BOAC career though lessons learned from those crashes made air traveling a lot safer.

9Strikemaster was initially a jet trainer but some of the export users like Saudi Arabia and New Zealand used them as attack aircraft as well.

10Handley Page Hastings came into RAF service just after World War 2 as a troop and cargo carrier and was extensively used during the Berlin airlift. It remained in transport service until being replaced by Lockheed Hercules in the ’60s after it continued career as weather aircraft and later as radar trainer until the mid ’70s.

11RAF Tornado Gr.1 – swing-wing strike fighter co-developed by UK, Germany and Italy is always an impressive sight.

12Lightning was the last British developed jet fighter. It’s interesting wings shape and two engines placed one above each make it stand out among other contemporary fighters.

13Avro Vulcan was a British bomber, designed mainly for nuclear strike, but probably made its fame during the Falkland’s war when a single bomber flew a non-stop mission from England to Falklands bombing a runway at Port Stanley. The mission was more of a moral success as the damage done was minimal, but showed the Argentinians, RAF was able to hit Argentinian mainland if needs be.

14Avro Shackleton was a RAF long range maritime patrol and anti-submarine aircraft that was in use since early ’50s until 1990. Later in its life it was also adapted to early airborne warning and search and rescue duties.

15One of the Eurofighter Typhoon prototypes, which evolved into the British main fighter of the present day.

16Handley Page Victor was the third of the British V-bombers (others being Valiant and Vulcan) and was of most unusual design. With the nuclear threat diminishing most were converted to the aerial refuelers, refueling pod clearly visible under the wing with a basket hanging out at the back.

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