American Air Museum | Duxford
The American Air Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire, is a museum dedicated to American military aviation, the museum is part of the Imperial War Museum Duxford.
The Duxford airfield was one of the RAF’s most important fighter stations during the Battle of Britain and later the headquarters of the USAAF 78th Fighter Group. The airfield was closed on August 1, 1961, and acquired afterward by the Imperial War Museum (IWM).
Above: The American Air Museum Duxford at dusk. Photo courtesy of Foster + Partners.
Opened in 1997 by Queen Elizabeth II, the American Air Museum, which is also a memorial to the American airmen who lost their lives during WWII, is housed in an impressive building, designed by British architect Norman Foster to resemble a huge hangar.
“The building’s drama comes from the powerful arc of the roof − engineered to support suspended aircraft − and the sweep of the glazed wall overlooking the runway.” Norman Foster.
The 70,000 square-foot / 6,500 square-meter museum contains the largest collection of US military aircraft outside the United States. The collection comprises aircraft, as well as land vehicles and artillery, and includes several very rare pieces, such as a 1917 Spad S-13, a B-17 Flying Fortress, a B-24 Liberator, a B-25 Mitchell, a P-47 Thunderbolt, a B-52 Stratofortress, an SR-71 Blackbird, a Lockheed U2, and an F-4 Phantom, among others.
A cutaway drawing of the museum, Images courtesy of Foster + Partners.
American Air Museum Duxford, longitudinal and transverse sections, courtesy of Foster + Partners.
A Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird and a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II on show at the American Air Museum in Duxford; photos by Mark Seton, and Marc Barrot.
Photo Nick Garrod.
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The IWM North in Manchester is a museum focused on the history of conflicts and their impact on people. Its iconic building was designed by Daniel Libeskind
The Imperial War Museum London is a British museum of history, focusing on conflicts with special attention to people’s experience of war and wartime life
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