IWM Duxford

Free with General Admission

Inside the American Air Museum

The American Air Museum in Britain is a story of two nations united through war, loss, love and duty.

Explore dramatic displays of epic original aircraft, innovative interactives and intriguing personal objects. Re-live exciting personal stories, from Duke Boswell, who jumped out of a C-47 transport aircraft on D-Day, to Huie Lamb, a fighter pilot who was forced to ditch his P-51 Mustang in the North Sea.

From the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress used during the Second World War to the remotely piloted Predator used in present day conflict, discover more about the United States' aviation history in the American Air Museum.  


Visit the American Air Museum's own dedicated website. Entry to the American Air Museum is included in general admission to IWM Duxford.

9/11 Twenty Years On

  • A piece of steelwork from the World Trade Center on display at the American Air Museum, IWM Duxford
    Steelwork from the World Trade Center

    See this large piece of twisted and rusted steelwork from the collapsed World Trade Center in New York. Comprising of beams from the external walls of the building, this steelwork was originally located somewhere around one of the two impact zones.

  • 9/11 Air space screen in the American Air Museum
    9/11 Air Space

    Take a look at this flight tracker display of the morning on 11 September 2001. As the morning continues see how flights were grounded and American air space was cleared.

  • Saddam Hussein bronze bust
    Bronze bust of Saddam Hussein

    The events of 9/11 left a global legacy. See this damaged bronze bust of Saddam Hussein on display. After the US-led international coalition removed Saddam from power in Iraq many images of Saddam were destroyed or removed by local people including this bronze statue that was recovered from Iraq.

Spotlight: American Air Museum

  • SR-71 Blackbird
    Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

    The world’s fastest and highest flying air-breathing manned aircraft, built in secret and flown by the US Air Force to the very edge of space.


    Capable of cruising over three times the speed of sound, our Blackbird is the only one on display outside the United States of America.

  • Counting the Cost sculpture at IWM Duxford
    Counting the Cost

    Counting the Cost is a memorial sculpture in glass which lines the route to the entrance of the American Air Museum.


    The sculpture comprises 52 panels engraved with the outlines of aircraft, one for each plane missing in action in operations flown by American air forces from Britain during the Second World War. 7,031 aircraft are depicted.

  • P-51 Mustang in the American Air Museum at IWM Duxford
    North American P-51D Mustang

    One of the best performing allied fighters of the Second World War, The P-51 escorted B-17 and B-24 heavy bombers to their targets.


    Our Mustang now represents ‘Etta Jeanne II’ of Huie Lamb who flew with the 78th FG at RAF Duxford. Learn of his story when visiting the American Air Museum.