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Imperial War Museum Duxford - Press Release

Imperial War Museum Duxford - Press Release

Celebrating the golden age of travel at Spitfires, Merlins and Motors
Saturday 26 July

Join us on Saturday 26 July as we celebrate the legendary Supermarine Spitfire, the unmistakable roar of the Merlin engine and the bygone elegance of the motoring era.

Between 10am and 6pm, you can get up close to Old Flying Machine Company’s Supermarine Spitfire IX and Historic Aircraft Collection’s Hawker Hurricane, which will be on static display on the jet pan. Members of the Spitfire Society will be on hand to answer your questions about the Spitfire and Hurricane.

Here, you’ll also meet the RAF Regiment Historic Flight living history group, presenting the history of the RAF Regiment and its predecessors. They will also be portraying the members of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force who worked in close proximity to the RAF gunners, as armourers, flight nurses and aircraft mechanics.

Members of the RAF Regiment Historic Flight will demonstrate some of the tasks required to prepare an aircraft for its next sortie. They will also be showing how ladies kept patriotically elegant during the Second World War, with hairdressing demonstrations and a display of items used on the Home Front.

In the foyer entrance of AirSpace, staff from the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be dressed as 1940s civilians and celebrating the achievements made by women in aviation. They will be speaking with families about the inspirational lives of, and the roles played by, some of the most iconic female aviators, including Amy Johnson, who set numerous long-distance records during the 1930s. A specially-commissioned mini-exhibition will look at the pioneering women who have helped shape aviation history from the pre-20th century through to the present day. The exhibition will include a timeline of significant milestones and information about the women who made them happen. Plus, visitors will be able to view medals, photographs, a bracelet and diary from a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and a replica Women’s Royal Air Force uniform.

From 2pm, a series of Merlin-engined aircraft will take to the skies for short displays. These include Spitfire Ltd’s Spitfire XVIII, The Fighter Collection’s Spitfire XIV, The Grace Spitfire IXT, the Hispano Buchon (Messerschmitt Bf109) from Aircraft Restoration Company/ Historic Flying Ltd and North American P-51D Mustang Ferocious Frankie from the Old Flying Machine Company.

Between 10am and noon, and again from 2pm to 5pm, there is also the rare opportunity to sit in Aircraft Restoration Company’s Spitfire IXT or Hispano Buchon (Messerschmitt Bf109). This costs £20 per person and includes a souvenir T-shirt and a photo opportunity.

See and hear Merlin and Griffon engines on display throughout the day next to the American Air Museum.

We celebrate the golden age of motoring with a display of vintage Rolls-Royce cars alongside hundreds of stunning vehicles, from pre-war vintage to contemporary classics.

Our summer holiday activities also start on Saturday 26 July. Find out how and why the First World War started as our costumed interpreter explains which countries were involved and who was on whose side.

From 11.30am to 3.30pm, between the Flying Aircraft and Air and Sea exhibitions, discover what trench life was really like and how trenches changed over the four years of the Great War.

Explore our small replica trench; discover items used by the Tommies and try on mini replica First World War uniforms.

You can also get creative by making and painting Airfix models of First World War aircraft in our AirSpace exhibition between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Duxford Aviation Society’s historic civilian aircraft will be open for you to explore, including the Concorde, Hermes, York and Comet in AirSpace and the Ambassador, Viscount, Britannia, VC-10, Trident and BAC1-11 outside opposite the Battle of Britain exhibition.

Boarding passes to allow access to these iconic aircraft can be purchased from a booth near the VC-10 and under Concorde. Boarding passes cost £2.50 per adult, £6 per family and £1 per additional child. Classic Wings offer flights of pure nostalgia with their de Havilland Dragon Rapides, Tiger Moth and Harvard aircraft. Pleasure flights can be booked at the Classic Wings hut next to the Control Tower. For further information visit www.classic-wings.co.uk

Keep Sally B flying by purchasing membership of the Sally B Supporters Club. If you become a member you will have the exciting opportunity to take a static tour of this iconic B-17 Flying Fortress at Spitfires, Merlins and Motors. Burma Star veterans will be chatting to visitors, about their wartime experiences, in the Forgotten War exhibition in Land Warfare.

Join us for a day of exciting aircraft, elegant motors and evocative nostalgia at Spitfires, Merlins and Motors.

Photographs courtesy of IWM.

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