The American Air Museum

The American Air Museum (one of our eight exhibition buildings) is closed until Spring 2016 for an exciting redevelopment. From late May you can get up close to most of the iconic US aircraft from the exhibition in new locations across the museum. More information will be available soon.

The American Air Museum at IWM Duxford stands as a memorial to the 30,000 American airmen who gave their lives flying from UK bases during the Second World War, and also honours those who fought in Korea, Vietnam, Libya, Iraq and other conflicts and battles of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

This outstanding example of contemporary British architecture by Foster and Partners houses the largest collection of US historic military aircraft in Europe, including a vintage B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-25 Mitchell, P-47 Thunderbolt, and aircraft from the Cold War era such as a B-52 Stratofortress, SR-71 Blackbird and F-4 Phantom.

Explore our new American Air Museum website and discover the memories and stories of the men and women of the US Army Air Forces who served in Great Britain during the Second World War.

We’re collecting photographs, memories and information and we need your help to grow this unique digital resource. Do you recognise the people or place in one of the photographs? Maybe you, or a family member, have vivid memories of American service personnel in your town or village? You might be a keen researcher of Second World War history and have some facts and figures to contribute.

This is our opportunity to capture the experiences of the Second World War generation who lived on and around American airfields in the UK. These inspirational veterans’ stories will be built into a dynamic resource for generations to come.

View a list of aircraft, vehicles,boats and artillery at IWM Duxford.


Collections in Context

The Second World War
The Second World War was the most destructive conflict in history...

The Korean War
At the end of the Second World War Korea, which had formerly been occupied by the Japanese, was divided along the 38th Parallel...

American Air Museum Website

Meet the people behind the photographs on the new American Air Museum website.


Learning resources

The United States in the Second World War
Historical notes for KS3 & 4. The United States was propelled into the Second World War rather than joining the fight of its own will...

The Vietnam War
Historical notes for KS3 & 4. The Vietnam War began as a civil war in the late 1950s...

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