We are learning about life in Britain during World War 2. This week’s trip to Duxford was amazing – this is the same airfield, the same buildings, the same sights, sound and smells from which airmen from Britain, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Poland and other Commonwealth countries took to the skies in 1940. We loved seeing the planes up close, such as the Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane, Lancaster Bomber and Messerschmitt. There were lots of hands-on exhibits that brought things to life – a full-size Anderson Shelter, searchlights and Observer Corps Post in the Battle of Britain exhibition; an Operations Room with a map and soundtrack of real ‘dog-fights’ between RAF and Luftwaffe planes; while in the AirSpace Hanger, we could walk underneath a Lysander spy plane and even military jeeps and motorbikes that were parachuted behind enemy lines to help the allied troops.
But we will also remember walking through Concorde and seeing inside the cockpit of this incredible plane, which flew faster that modern fighter jets today!
The people who worked at Duxford are so helpful and enthusiastic. We’d love to go again, to see the American War Museum next.