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Imperial War Museum London

London has many museums – MANY! A lot of them are free to visit. But unfortunately time was our enemy on this trip and we only visited one – to sooth the military historian living inside me.

While the Great Britain has a rich military history spanning hundreds of years, the collection of this museum represents mainly the military history of 20th and 21th century.

Top floor hosts a collection of Victoria Cross recipients, next two floors host Holocaust exhibition and understandably, photography is not allowed in this sections. Here’s just a glimpse of a few exhibits.

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Immediately upon entering the museum, we are greeted by the largest exhibits – the famous jump-jet BAE Harrier Gr.9A…

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1:1 model of the famous Battle of Britain fighter Spitfire…

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And Hitler’s terror weapons – the V-1 flying bomb and V-2 rocket (in the background)

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88mm flak – heavy German anti-aircraft gun that shot down many allied planes and was equally dangerous against soft ground targets.

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Rolls-Royce Merlin engine – a remarkable piece of engineering.

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Remains of a World War 2 Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter

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Pieces of steel beams from the New York’s World Trade Center.

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Remains of a car, presumably a Mercedes S-class, that was located near the explosion of an IED in Iraq.

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AM.39 Exocet – French built anti-ship missile that was responsible for the sinking of HMS Sheffield and several other ships at Falkland Islands in 1982.

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A walk through the “trenches” of World War I.

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Hawker Sea Fury FB.11

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Conservation Hangar

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Bristol Blenheim in the works.

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Next day greeted us with another typical state of weather, so commonf for England – FOG. On our way to Dover we made a short stop at Capel-le-Ferne (sounds French, doesn’t it?)

The reason for stopping at ClF was Battle of Britain Memorial – 2010 being the 70th anniversary of this historic and important battle. The site was opened in 1993 by the Queen Mother and was built on the location of  a WW2 coastal battery, overlooking the Channel.

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Static display

P-51D Mustang

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Balbo finale

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There goes the siren that warns of the air raid,
Then comes the sound of the guns sending flak.
Out for the scramble we’ve got to get airborne,
Got to get up for the coming attack.

Jump in the cockpit and start up the engines,
Remove all the wheelblocks there’s no time to waste.
Gathering speed as we head down the runway,
Got to get airborne before it’s too late.

Running, scrambling, fire,
Rolling, turning, diving, going in again.
Running, scrambling, fire, Rolling, turning, diving,
Run, live to fly, fly to live, do or die.
Won’t you run, live to fly, fly to live, Aces high!

Move in to fire at the mainstream of bombers,
Let off a shell burst and then turn away.
Roll over, spin round to come in behind them,
Move to their blindsides and firing again.

Bandits at 8 O’clock move in behind us,
Ten ME-109’s out of the sun.
Ascending and turning our spitfires to face them,
Heading straight for them I press down my guns.

Rolling, turning, diving,
Rolling, turning, diving, going in again.
Rolling, turning, diving, Rolling, turning, diving,
Run, live to fly, fly to live, do or die.
Won’t you run, live to fly, fly to live, Aces high!!!

Iron Maiden 1984

 

 

Hurricane Mk.IIc

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Duxford Flying Legends is an anually held airshow at Duxford airfield, a famous WW2 airfield known especially for its role in the Battle of Britain – and since it was 70th anniversary of this famous battle this year, it would be a sin not to visit. This will be a multipart report, as are from my previous airshows so keep checking back for new updates.

A pair of Spitfires taking off at the beginning of the airshow

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And here’s the tenth and last post of this years RIAT. I thorougly enjoyed the show and would love to spend 2 days at it, to fully explore the huge static display and everything that’s going on around the airfield. The only drawback is it’s price…

Eurofighter & Spitfire

Spitfire Mk.1, Hurricane, Spitfire Mk IX, Bf 109G

Spitfire Mk Vb, Spitfire TR. IX, Hurricane Mk.1, Buchon HA-1112

Bf 108 Taifun, Hurricane Mk.1, Spitfire Mk LF IXe

Royal Air Force – Hawk T.1, Hawk T.2, Tornado F.3

USAF F-15C Eagle, Royal New Zealand AF Boeing 757

French AF Mirage 2000, Belgian AF F-16AM

Avro Lancaster