IWM Duxford’s Spitfires, Merlins and Motors day attracts thousands

Visitors experiencing the sights and sounds of a Merlin and Griffon engine [Picture: IWM] Visitors experiencing the sights and sounds of a Merlin and Griffon engine [Picture: IWM]

Saturday, July 26, 2014
8:06 PM

Thousands of visitors enjoyed a nostalgic day out at Spitfires, Merlins and Motors at IWM Duxford.

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Hispano Buchon flies over Duxford’s historic airfield [Picture: IWM]Hispano Buchon flies over Duxford’s historic airfield [Picture: IWM]

They enjoyed getting up close to a Spitfire and a Hurricane on static display on the jet pan and meeting members of the Spitfire Society, who answered their burning questions about the iconic aircraft.

Also next to the Spitfire and Hurricane were the RAF Regiment Historic Flight living history group, presenting the history of the RAF Regiment and its predecessors.

They demonstrated some of the tasks required to prepare an aircraft for its next wartime sortie.

Members of the group portrayed the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and showed how ladies kept patriotically elegant during the Second World War, with a display of items used on the Home Front.

A First World War costumed interpreter explains how the World War One started [Picture: IWM]A First World War costumed interpreter explains how the World War One started [Picture: IWM]

In the foyer entrance of AirSpace, visitors met staff from the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, dressed as 1940s civilians and celebrating the achievements of women in aviation, with a mini-exhibition showcasing the inspirational women who helped to shape aviation history.

Duxford visitors had the chance to sit in a Spitfire and throughout the afternoon a series of Spitfires took to the skies for short flying displays.

Hundreds of classic and contemporary motors were on display across the Cambrideshire museum, including vintage Rolls-Royce cars, MGs, Bentleys and Morgans.

The roar of a Merlin and Griffon engine could be heard as they sparked into life for visitors to see, next to the American Air Museum.

Visitors enjoyed looking at a wide range of vintage cars [Picture: IWM]Visitors enjoyed looking at a wide range of vintage cars [Picture: IWM]

Duxford’s World War One-themed summer holiday family activities also started today (Saturday).

Visitors enjoyed exploring the museum’s small replica trench and discovering items used by the Tommies in the trenches.

They also made Airfix models of First World War aircraft and painted them in the colours of their choice, before taking them home as a souvenir of their day.

Imperial War Museum Duxford’s summer holiday activities continue until Wednesday, September 3.

Members of the RAF Regiment Historic Flight living history group chatting to visitors [Picture: IWM]Members of the RAF Regiment Historic Flight living history group chatting to visitors [Picture: IWM]

* Visit iwm.org.uk for details of future events and activities.

Tickets for The Duxford Air Show can be purchased at iwm.org.uk

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