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Duxford
OS Grid Reference: TL481461
Lat/Lon: 52°05′ N 0°09′ W
Population: 1836 (2001 Census)
Dwellings: 736 (2001 Census)
Formal status: Village
Administration
County: Cambridgeshire
Region: East Anglia
Nation: England
Post Office and Telephone
Post town: Cambridge
Postcode: CB2 4
Dialling Code: 01223

Duxford is a village in Cambridgeshire, England, some ten miles south of Cambridge. Duxford gives its name to a former Royal Air Force airfield that was used as a sector station during the Battle of Britain. Duxford airfield was the home of Douglas Bader's Big Wing during that battle. Duxford airfield later became a fighter airfield for the United States Army Air Force, it is now the Imperial War Museum Duxford. The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... A dwelling is a structure in which humans or other animals live. ... Originally, a county was the land under the jurisdiction of a count (in Great Britain, an earl, though the original earldoms covered larger areas) by reason of that office. ... Cambridgeshire (abbreviated Cambs) is a county in England, bordering Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the northeast, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west. ... The region (sometimes known as Government Office Region) is currently the highest tier of local government in England. ... Norfolk and Suffolk, the core area of East Anglia. ... Home Nations is a term to refer to the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom — England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland — collectively, but as separate entities, distinct from the United Kingdom as a whole. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Ethnicity... A post town is a required part of all UK postal addresses. ... Australian and UK postal codes are known as postcodes. ... The UK telephone numbering plan, also known as the National Numbering Plan, is regulated by the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which replaced the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel) in 2003. ... Cambridgeshire (abbreviated Cambs) is a county in England, bordering Lincolnshire to the north, Norfolk to the northeast, Suffolk to the east, Essex and Hertfordshire to the south, and Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire to the west. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Ethnicity... The city of Cambridge is an old English university town and the administrative centre of the county of Cambridgeshire. ... The Royal Air Force (often abbreviated to RAF) is the air force branch of the UK Armed Forces. ... For other uses, see Airport (disambiguation). ... A major campaign of World War II, the Battle of Britain is the name for the attempt by Germanys Luftwaffe to gain air superiority of British airspace and destroy the Royal Air Force (RAF). ... Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader (February 10, 1910 (St Johns Wood, London) - September 5, 1982), was a successful fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. ... The Big Wing, also known as a Balbo, was a air fighting tactic proposed during the Battle of Britain by Acting Squadron Leader Douglas Bader and 12 Group commander Air Vice-Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory. ... The United States Army Air Forces, or USAAF, was a part of the U.S. military during World War II. The direct precursor to the U.S. Air Force, the USAAF formally existed between 1941 and 1947. ... Duxford houses the Imperial War Museums aircraft collection. ...


After the war, the airfield fell into disuse until it was used in the Battle of Britain film. Later it was purchased by the Imperial War Museum. Currently, Duxford airfield houses the Imperial War Museum's aircraft collection, as well as its land warfare collection of tanks. The airfield is also home to the Duxford Aviation Society's collection of Historic Civil Airliners, including Concorde 101, a Comet 4 and a Hermes body along with 9 other airframes. The American Air Museum in Britain has recently been added to the museum complex. The Battle of Britain is a 1969 film directed by Guy Hamilton. ... Imperial War Museum, Lambeth, London The original location of the Imperial War Museum was the Crystal Palace, located at the top of Sydenham Hill. ... A collection of American aircraft housed at Imperial War Museum Duxford. ...


The airfield at Duxford is now home to a large number of remarkable and unique aircraft, including many airworthy aircraft operated by private groups. It is considered to be one of the most significant collections in the UK.


See also

The United Kingdom, along with France, declared war on Nazi Germany in 1939 as part of the United Kingdoms pledge to defend Poland to the invasion of Poland. ... This is a list of cities, towns and villages in the county of Cambridgeshire, England. ...

External link

  • Imperial War Museum
  • 2001 Census
  • The Fighter Collection

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IWM Duxford - Europe's premier aviation museum (282 words)
Duxford is Europe's premier aviation museum - as well as having one of the finest collections of tanks, military vehicles and naval exhibits in the country.
XXIIII, Sunderland, Oxford, Anson, Harrier, Buccaneer and Tornado.  Duxford's famous Concorde is also on display and open to the public for internal viewing.  Exciting, engaging and inspirational, AirSpace is a must for old and young alike.
Friends of Duxford is a joint venture between the Imperial War Museum and Duxford Aviation Society.
Imperial War Museum at Duxford (305 words)
However, if you have the time to get up to Duxford, which is near Cambridge, then not only can you visit Cambridge, but if you time things right then you can visit the Imperial War Museum and see one of the airshows at Duxford.
Duxford has an excellent selection of aircraft, including quite a few which you won't see at Hendon; however, Hendon definitely has better facilities than Duxford.
However, the other main hangars are rather cramped and some of them are definitely showing their age; and sadly quite a few large historic aircraft are kept outside, exposed to the elements.
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