This is a fantastic museum, really well done, especially when you compare it to some other similar museums* in the UK that look a bit ragged round the edges in comparison IMHO. We’ve visited Duxford any number of times since living in London. My OH grew up in Cambridge (just down the road) and so had visited as a teenager. We decided that our son, Daniel might enjoy it and on Tuesday we set out for Duxford for a visit.
The first main display, Airspace, concentrates upon British and commonweath aviation and includes a section which is great for kids.
Walking across the airfield to the exhibition of American Aviation (for a long part of its life Duxford was a US Airforce Base) we came across a number of treats, the first of which was being buzzed by a spitfire which then landed next to us:
The next amazing sight was the B-17:
We walked past the civilian aviation exhibit, which brought to mind airlines trying to palm off old planes on the museum!
Finally we reached the Amercian Air Museum. Don’t tell anyone but this is probably the best display.
It is dominated by a huge B-52 which I find it hard to get excited about, but also includes an SR-71 Blackbird. These spy planes are truly amazing works of engineering and I recommend reading this piece penned by a pilot: http://gizmodo.com/5511236/the-thrill-of-flying-the-sr+71-blackbird
Here is one of the engines, which looks to me like something from star wars, much like the plane:
There are lots of other amazing planes in this exhibition:
Olympus E-M5, 12-35mm, 7-14mm and 12mm lenses
Fujifilm X-Pro1, 18 and 35mm lenses
As a postscript I used the HLD-6 grip with the E-M5 all day and it was fantastically comfortable and the battery indicator barely budged. It is a worthwhile investment if you own an E-M5.
* I’m not really comparing this to volunteer run museums with no permanent staff, more to similarly large museums with similarly family focused displays… Some of which (in the UK at least) are a bit rubbish