Permanent

IWM Duxford

Free event with general admission

Exhibit access with General Admission

Westland Wasp detail
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Our Air and Sea exhibition takes you on a journey from the First World War to the present day.

You'll see naval aircraft and boats from the First World War, the cockpit of the A6M Zero - the most successful Japanese fighter aircraft type of the Second World War and the aircraft that would have flown against it in operations - the Grumman TBM-3 Avenger.

This impressive hangar is also home to naval aircraft and helicopters from the 1950s and aircraft that served in the Falklands War. You may also see some of the historic aircraft that have been restored for flight by our flying partners here too.

Spotlights in Air and Sea

  • DH9 at IWM Duxford
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    Airco/ de Havilland DH 9

    The DH 9 bomber was one of the first types of aircraft stationed at RAF Duxford when it opened as an operational airfield in 1918.

     

    E-8894 has been restored to flying condition using an original Siddeley Puma engine and is the only First World War bomber flying anywhere in the world.

  • Coastal Patrol Boat at IWM Duxford
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    Coastal Motor Boat CMB4

    Royal Navy coastal forces used the wooden Coastal Motor Boat armed with a single 18-inch torpedo and Lewis guns against Imperial German navel forces during the First World War.

     

    Our CMB4 based at Dunkirk as part of the Dover Patrol took part in raids on Ostend and Zeebrugge in 1918/19.

  • De Havilland Sea Vixen
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    de Havilland DH110 Sea Vixen FAW Mk.2

    The Sea Vixen was an advanced All-Weather Royal Navy jet interceptor which flew with the Fleet Air Arm during the 1960/70s.

     

    A DH110 was the first two-seat aircraft to break the sound barrier during flight.