The American Air Museum

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.

Over the next four years, you will see some exciting changes at the American Air Museum in Britain.  Visit our new microsite to learn more about the project, make an online donation to support the work of the museum or to read and add stories to our Memory Bank.

For further information about the American Air Museum, its history and exhibits, please visit

 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...

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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