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Airliner to war horse

With this year’s Duxford Summer Air Show commemorating the 80th anniversary of D-Day and a return UK visit by a fleet of Dakotas from the USA based D-Day squadron, this June you can expect to see many aeroplanes painted in D-Day markings in the skies over the airfield. Given this sight you would be forgiven for thinking this Douglas built aircraft was designed from the outset as a military transport, you would however be wrong. Long before the olive drab airlifters arrived... more >

Winter work in the workshop 3

On board the Ambassador volunteers Ray and Cliff were doing major renovation work on the freight door. This heavy structure has been increasingly difficult to open in recent years and Ray has been keen to reinstate the spring and cable system that makes it possible for one person to open the door with ease. Last used in 1971, this powerful mechanism presents a temendous challenge but Ray and Cliff seemed quietly confident.  more >

Airliner opening times - Jun/Jul

We are pleased to announce our aircraft opening dates for June and July. All aircraft are open on Saturday and Sunday 1st/2nd June As we are a volunteer organisation these dates are subject to change.  more >

Winter work in the workshop 2

The BAe146 axle stands have been created and painted also in for a repaint were the BAC 1-11 engine support panels.  more >


Help needed with our Comet

Our restoration team are embarking on a project to revamp the interior of our historic Comet 4 back to how it looked in its BOAC days when it flew the first ever scheduled jet service across the Atlantic from New York to London in... more >

Winter work in the workshop 1

The aircraft workshop looked pretty clear early February but new challenges arrived mid month. Huge fibreglass engine blanks were laid out on a bench for a clean and polish. These belong to the VC10 which has a full programme of anti-corrosion... more >


Fifty years of a Duxford Comet

On 12 February 1974 de Havilland Comet G-APDB took off for the last time. Leaving the Dan-Air engineering base at Lasham in Hampshire she transited north towards her birthplace in Hatfield. On arrival she descended to complete a low pass... more >


A recent visit to Duxford provided the opportunity to showcase the STROND watches in Concorde 101 G-AXDN's cockpit. Each watch contains a part of a genuine panel and so is a unique way of owning a part of this historic aircraft. The... more >

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