Duxford in Depth is a new video series from IWM. Get up close with some of the extraordinary aircraft and tanks on display at IWM Duxford, as we go behind the scenes and into the cockpits with our experts. Look out for new episodes every month, and don't forget to subscribe to IWM's YouTube channel or leave us a comment to let us know what future episodes you'd like to see. 

Handley Page Victor

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Handley Page Victor

Duxford’s Handley Page Victor has been under conservation now for four years, and is among the largest conservation projects the team at Duxford have ever undertaken. Victor XH648 is the only BK tanker model left in the world. She's currently residing in Hangar 5 with no outer wings, no tail plane, no fin, a large chunk of her undercarriage removed, and her almost paintwork entirely stripped. So what does it take to preserve a Cold War bomber?

With no instruction manual to guide them, how did the team begin this project, what can be repaired, and what needs replacing, and what have they discovered so far? In this video, Head of Conservation Jon White takes us around the aircraft and explains why a job like this takes so many years to finish.

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IWM Duxford

The history of the Avro Vulcan Bomber

In this video, events and experiences coordinator Liam Shaw takes us through the extraordinary history and technological achievements of the Avro Vulcan. We go into the cockpit and hear first-hand from the people who flew this unique machine throughout its long and remarkable history.
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IWM Duxford

The Avro Lancaster Bomber and the Dambusters Raid

In this video, our expert tells us why the Lancaster Bomber played such a crucial role in WW2. We go inside the fuselage of Duxford’s Lancaster KB889 and take a look at the enormous bomb load of this Second World War icon, which enabled the famous attack on the Ruhr valley, the Dambusters Raid.
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IWM Duxford

Messerschmitt Bf 109: The Spitfire’s nemesis

In this video, our expert shows us how much we can learn from looking closely this Battle of Britain icon. Take a look in the cockpit and hear from the pilots who flew the Bf 109 during the Second World War.
John Delaney standing in front of a Jagdpanther at IWM Duxford
Second World War

Sd Kfz 173 Jagdpanther | Germany's greatest tank destroyer of WW2

An idea that came from Hitler himself, the Jagdpanther combined the reliable Panther tank chassis with the immense firepower of the PAK 43 88mm gun. Despite its few numbers, the Jagdpanther made a big impression on the Allies in Normandy and the Eastern Front - But why was it so good? In this video, IWM Curator John Delaney shows us the Jagpanther at IWM Duxford, explaining its operational history, what made it so formidable, and why we can't tell when this tank destroyer itself was destroyed.
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Cold War

F-111 Aardvark | The Flying Pig

In this episode of Duxford in Depth, IWM Curator Emily Charles looks at the development, design, and service history of the F-111 Aardvark. She explores what the aircraft represented during its service, an example of the Military-Industrial Complex that Dwight D Eisenhower warned against and as a symbol of American's interventionalist role in the post-Cold War world. She also looks at the service history of this particular F-111 which flew in the Gulf War as part of the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing before arriving at IWM Duxford in 1993.
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De Havilland Mosquito: The Wooden Wonder

De Havilland Mosquitoes were the among the first multi-role combat aircraft: they could be turned to anything and excelled at everything. In this video, our Duxford expert tells us how this little wooden bomber came into action and became one of the most versatile and popular aircraft of the Second World War.
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Cold War

Panavia Tornado | The backbone of the RAF for nearly 40 years

In this episode of Duxford in Depth, events and experiences coordinator Liam Shaw takes us through the distinguished history of the Tornado from our GR1 'Foxy Killer' which flew more missions than any other RAF Tornado during Operation Granby in 1991, to our GR4 which served in Operation Ellamy in 2011 enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya. We take a look at the technology that made the Tornado one of the most advanced ground attack aircraft of its time and hear first-hand from the people that designed and flew it.
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IWM Duxford

SR-71 Blackbird

The Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird is the fastest and highest-flying jet aircraft in history and Duxford’s SR-71 Blackbird has flown higher than any other when it set the world record for sustained altitude flight in 1976, flying at 85,000 feet. We talk to curator Emily Charles and hear from two pilots who flew the Blackbird to learn all about this space-age icon.
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Second World War

The evolution of the Supermarine Spitfire

The Supermarine Spitfire is one of the most iconic aircraft of all time. Between 1932 and 1947 over 20,000 of them were built and in those 7 years, Spitfire's changed dramatically from the Mk 1 to the Mk 24. The Supermarine Spitfire was the only Allied frontline fighter in complete and continuous development all the way through the Second World War. In this episode of Duxford in Depth, Graham Rodgers looks at how the Spitfire evolved by taking us through just a few of Duxford's collections.

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Second World War

B-17 Flying Fortress

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress dropped more bombs than any other US aircraft in the Second World War. A lot of these aircraft flew out of bases in England, as part of the USAAF’s daylight strategic bombing campaign. In this video, we take a close look at the B-17, take a look inside the fuselage and cockpit, and hear from two veteran B-17 crew.
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Cold War

The English Electric Lighting and its accidental flight

Developed to bring the RAF into the supersonic age, the aircraft was able to fly at twice the speed of sound.  In fact, it had such a power to weight ratio that it could stand on its tail and exceed the speed of sound in a vertical climb. In this episode of Duxford in Depth, Liam Shaw takes a detailed look at the Lightning's design, development, armament and service history as well as 'Taffy' Holden's accidental flight.


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First World War

IWM Stories

IWM Stories tackle the big conflict questions that you want answered. From First World War tanks to Churchill's election disaster.
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Film Favourites from the Archives

Discover our Film Favourites series in which curators talk about their highlights from IWM's vast film collection. 
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IWM Duxford

IWM Duxford is a historic airfield and museum telling the stories of those who lived, fought and died in war from WW1 to 1969. Visit air shows, events and displays.