Report by Rebecca and Grace
both the First and Second World Wars. IWM Duxford is home to an impressive
collection of over two hundred aircraft as well as tanks, military vehicles
and maritime craft.
In particular, we looked at some genuine WW2 equipment in AirSpace (Hanger
1), which shows changes in design, technology and materials in aircraft
construction and has a good selection of Second World War aeroplanes and
other forms of transport. In Hangar 4, we were fascinated by the Battle of
Britain exhibition, where we saw a genuine Anderson Air Raid Shelter, ROC
lookout base and an incredibly realistic 1940 Operations Room.
The real highlight of the visit however, was the chance to see a Supermarine
Spitfire close up, thanks to Sarah, who owns and flies a 1943 Mk. 5. Some of
us were lucky enough to clamber aboard and experience the thrill of a
pilot's eye-view (as pictured below).
This will give us great inspiration for our WW2 diaries, which we will
continue to write next half term.