List of aircraft at the Imperial War Museum Duxford

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This list of aircraft at the Imperial War Museum Duxford summarises the collection of aircraft that is housed at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.[1] Note the list does not include aircraft owned by The Fighter Collection and the Historic Aircraft Collection, two private operators of airworthy aircraft which are also based at Duxford.

Imperial War Museum Collection[edit]

Aircraft on display that are the property or on loan to the Imperial War Museum

Type Image Identity Markings/Notes
Airco DH.9 De Havilland Airco DH9 (5921850652).jpg D5649 Royal Air Force/Royal Flying Corps
Airspeed Oxford I Airspeed AS-10 Oxford (5781649064).jpg V3388 Royal Air Force
Avro Anson I Avro Anson (5781093477).jpg N4877 Royal Air Force 500 Squadron markings coded MK-V
Avro Canada CF-100 Canuck Avro Canada (5781105605).jpg 18393 Royal Canadian Air Force
Avro Lancaster X AirSpace Hangar at IWM Duxford - - 1702623.jpg KB889 Royal Canadian Air Force 428 Squadron coded NA-I.
Avro Shackleton MR.3 Shackleton Duxford (5921269895).jpg XF708 Royal Air Force 203 Squadron coded 'C'
Avro Vulcan B.2 XJ824 Avro Vulcan (9424988820).jpg XJ824 Royal Air Force
BAC Strikemaster Watkin Strikemaster (490254666).jpg 1133 Royal Saudi Air Force
BAC TSR.2 BAC TSR-2 - Mike Freer.jpg XR222 Royal Air Force
British Aerospace Harrier GR.9 Harrier GR9 ZD461 at the Imperial War Museum Duxford (2).jpg ZD461 Royal Air Force
Bristol F.2B Fighter Bristol F2 Fighter REJS.jpg E2581 Royal Air Force/Royal Flying Corps
CASA 2.111 B21-27 Heinkel HE111 CASA 2-111B (9457854497).jpg B2I-27 Spanish Air Force licence-built Heinkel He 111 with Rolls-Royce Merlin engines
De Havilland Sea Vampire T.22 De Havilland DH-115 Sea Vampire T22, UK - Navy AN1359266.jpg XG743 Fleet Air Arm
De Havilland Mosquito TT.35 TA719 DH98 Mosquito (9422223065).jpg TA719 Royal Air Force
De Havilland Sea Venom FAW.21 De Havilland Sea Venom FAW21 (5781125953).jpg XG613 Fleet Air Arm
De Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2 Sea Vixen (3795541272).jpg XS576 Fleet Air Arm - 899 NAS coded '125'
De Havilland Tiger Moth Tiger Moth (5781091285).jpg N6635 Royal Air Force No. 22 Elementary Flying Training School coded '25'
De Havilland Vampire T.11 De Havilland Vampire at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.jpg WZ590 Royal Air Force - 5 FTS coded '49'
English Electric Canberra B.2 English Electric Canberra WH725 at the Imperial War Museum Duxford (1).jpg WH725 Royal Air Force 50 Squadron, on loan from the Royal Air Force Museum
English Electric Lightning F.1 English Electric Lightning XM135 at the Imperial War Museum Duxford (1).jpg XM135 Royal Air Force 74 Squadron markings coded 'B'
Eurofighter Typhoon Eurofighter Typhoon (5781106969).jpg ZH590 Former trials aircraft 'DA4'
Fairey Gannet ECM.6 Fairey Gannet AS6 (5781128625).jpg XG797 Fleet Air Arm - 831 NAS marking coded '277'
Fairey Swordfish DUXFORD 1.jpg NF370 Royal Air Force 119 Squadron coded NH-L
Fieseler Fi 156 Fieseler Storch CF+HF (EI-AUY) (6837024192).jpg A French-built Morane-Saulnier MS.505 painted to represent a Luftwaffe Fi 156 coded 'CF+HF'
FMA IA 58 Pucará FMA Pucara A-549 (6983139473).jpg A-549 Argentine Air Force captured during the Falklands War
Focke-Achgelis Fa 330 Focke-Achgelis Fa 330 at the Imperial War Museum Duxford (2).jpg 100143
Gloster Meteor F.8 WK991 Gloster Meteor (9419542763).jpg WK991 Royal Air Force - 56 Squadron
Gloster Javelin FAW.9 Gloster Javelin FAW9 (5781742508).jpg XH897 Aircraft & Armament Experimental Establishment markings
Handley Page Hastings C.1A Handley Page Hastings TG528 at the Imperial War Museum Duxford (2).jpg TG528 Royal Air Force 24 Squadron
Handley Page Victor B.1 Victor IWM Duxford.JPG XH648 Royal Air Force 57 Squadron
Hawker Hurricane IIB Hawker Hurricane Z2315 at the Imperial War Museum Duxford (1).jpg Z2315 Royal Air Force - 111 Squadron markings coded 'JU-E', aircraft recovered from Russia
Hawker Hunter F.6A XE627 Hawker Hunter (9422304754).jpg XE627 Royal Air Force - 65 Squadron markings, on loan from the United States Air Force.
Hawker Sea Hawk FB.5 Sea Hawk (3794713877).jpg WM969 Fleet Air Arm
Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.2B XV865 Blackburn Buccaneer (9422474400).jpg XV865 Royal Air Force 208 Squadron
Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 Harrier Duxford (5921838520).jpg XZ133 Royal Air Force coded 10
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2 Phantom (3789753708).jpg XV474 Royal Air Force 74 Squadron
Messerschmitt Bf 109 Messerschmitt Bf 109 at Imperial War Museum Duxford (2).jpg 1190 Luftwaffe aircraft that force landed in 1940
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 F-4M Phantom FGR.2 XV474 and MiG-21 at the Imperial War Museum Duxford (1).jpg 501 Hungarian Air Force
Mil Mi-24 Watkin Mi-24 (490270150).jpg 96+21 Former East German Air Force helicopter in German Air Force Markings
Miles Magister I Miles Magister, Imperial War Museum, Duxford.JPG G-AFBS In wartime Royal Air Force colour scheme but with civil registration.
Northrop SD.1 Shelduck Early Air Drone - Flickr - p a h.jpg XT581 Army
Panavia Tornado GR.1 ZA465-FF Panavia Tornado GR4 (9422232415).jpg ZA465 Royal Air Force coded 'FF'
Percival Proctor III Percival Proctor III LZ766 (G-ALCK) (6983178449).jpg LZ766 Royal Air Force
Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 RE8 duxford 001.jpg F3556 Royal Air Force/Royal Flying Corps
SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1A XX108 Royal Air Force
Short Sunderland MR.5 Sunderland Duxford (5921279033).jpg ML796 Royal Air Force, it is a former French Navy aircraft
Supermarine Spitfire F.24 Spitfire Mk 24 VN485 at IWM Duxford Flickr 4889407619.jpg VN485 Royal Air Force
Westland Lysander Swordfish - Flickr - p a h.jpg V9673 Royal Air Force 161 Squadron markings coded 'MA-J', a former Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft.
Westland Lynx AH.7 XZ194 Westland Lynx (9460639520).jpg XZ194 British Army coded 'V'
Westland Sea King HAS.6 XV712-66 Westland Sea King (9422473522).jpg XV712 Fleet Air Arm
Westland Wasp HAS.1 XS567 Westland Wasp (9419711607).jpg XS567 Fleet Air Arm coded 434
Westland Wessex HAS.1 XS863-304-04 Westland Wessex (9425000178).jpg XS863 Fleet Air Arm coded 304/R of 815 Naval Air Squadron
Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 Westerland Whirland (5781102021).jpg XK936 Fleet Air Arm

American Air Museum[edit]

Aircraft owned or on loan to the Imperial War Museum and displayed in the American Air Museum

Type Image Identity Markings/Notes
Bell UH-1H Iroquois 0-21605 Bell UH-1H Huey (9460342756).jpg 72-21605 Former 72-21605 of the United States Army is on display in the American Air Museum (AAM).
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress - Flickr - p a h (3).jpg 231983 F-BDRS was operated by the French Institut géographique national (National Geographic Institute) before acquisition in 1974 as a spare parts source for the airworthy Sally B. In 1978 it was donated to the Imperial War Museum and displayed as 231983 IY-G of the 401st Bomb Group United States Army Air Force based at RAF Deenethorpe which was named Mary Alice.
Boeing B-52D Stratofortress B-52D at American Air Museum Duxford (2).jpg 60689 United States Air Force, on display outside since 1983 and moved inside the American Air Museum in 1997.
Boeing B-29A Superfortress Boeing B-29A Superfortress (5781180489).jpg 44-61748 A former United States Air Force B-29A, it was recovered from the China Lake range in 1979, restored to flying condition as G-BHDK and flown across the Atlantic to Duxford, arriving in March 1980. Painted as 461748 to represent an aircraft of the 501st Bomb Group United States Army Air Force and named It's Hawg Wild. On loan from the United States Navy.
Boeing-Stearman PT-17 Stearman (6113837591).jpg 42-17786 Painted as 42-17786 of the United States Army it was a static restoration mainly using bits from a former Canadian-owned example CF-EQS.
Consolidated B-24M Liberator Consolidated B-24 Liberator (9127085252).jpg 44-50493 44-51228 was the last B-24 in United States Air Force service, being used for ice research before being retired in 1953. It was placed on display at Lackland Air Force Base. Built by Ford at Willow Run it was donated to the museum by the Ford Motor Company arriving in 1999. Painted as 44-50493 of the 392nd Bomardment Group/578th Bombardment Squadron United States Army Air Force based at RAF Wendling in Norfolk, England, and named Dugan.
Douglas C-47A Skytrain Douglas DC-3 (490307679).jpg 43-15509 Painted in the markings it flew in 1944 as an aircraft of the 316th Troop Carrier Group/37th Troop Carrier Squadron based at RAF Cottesmore, Rutland.
Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II 77-0259 A-10A Warthog (9419538145).jpg 70259 A-10A 77-259 was last flown by the 10th Tactical Fighter Wing and it was flown to Duxford on retirement from the United States Air Force in 1992 from its base at nearby RAF Alconbury. On loan from the United States Air Force.
General Dynamics F-111E General Dynamics F-111E (9127090048).jpg 67-120 A veteran of Operation Desert Storm, it was based at RAF Upper Heyford with the 20th Fighter Wing of the United States Air Force prior to arriving at Duxford for display in 1993. On loan from the United States Air Force Museum.
Grumman TBM-3E Avenger 46214 Grumman TBM-3 Avenger (9457553153).jpg CF-KCG is a former Royal Canadian Navy aircraft in civilian hands in Canada since 1960 later as a sprayer, following an accident in 1976 the aircraft was bought by the Museum. Painted as 46214 of the United States Navy to represent an aircraft flown by George H. W. Bush.
Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird 17962 Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird (9457732679).jpg 64-17962 17962 was loaned to the museum in 2001 by the United States Air Force Museum to represent the aircraft based at RAF Mildenhall.
Lockheed T-33A 14286 Lockheed T-33A (9419537489).jpg 14286 A former French Air Force aircraft built in 1951 it was retired to Duxford in 1978, painted as 14286 of the United States Air Force.
Lockheed U-2C U2 Spy Plane (5781189429).jpg 66692 Operated by the United States Air Force from 1956 until retired and presented to the museum in 1992 to represent the type as flown at nearby RAF Alconbury.
McDonnell Douglas F-4J(UK) Phantom 155529 F-4J Phantom US Navy (9460513746).jpg 155529 ZE359 is a former United States Navy F-4J from 1968 until it was converted to a F-4J(UK) for service with the Royal Air Force from 1984. Flown to Duxford on retirement and restores to original United States Navy markings of VF-74 as 155529.
McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle 76-0020 McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle (11634163545).jpg 76-020 Flown by the United States Air Force from 1976 to 1994. Allocated to the Imperial War Museum in 2001 and later painted to represent the aircraft when it served with the 5th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. On loan from the United States Air Force Museum.
North American B-25J Mitchell North American B-25J Mitchell (5781728476).jpg 44-31171 Retired from service as a TB-25J trainer with the United States Air Force in 1957 it then had various civil owners before being delivered to Duxford in 1976. Since 1996 it has been displayed as 44-31171 a PBJ-1J of the United States Marine Corps. It has now been repainted to represent B-25J 43-4064 "LI'L Critter From the Moon" of the 488th Bomb Squadron, 340th Bomb Group of the USAAF's Twelfth Air Force in the latter stages of World War Two.
North American F-100D Super Sabre North American F-100D Super Sabre (5781727224).jpg 42165 A former French Air Force aircraft it has been at Duxford since 1976. Painted as 42165 of the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing/352th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the United States Air Force. On loan from the United States Air Force Museum.
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt Republic P-47D Thunderbolt (5781732356).jpg 226413 A composite static rebuild painted to represent an aircraft of the 78th Fighter Group based at Duxford.
SPAD XIII 4513-S SPAD XIII Replica (9419536761).jpg This replica SPAD was built in Germany and flown in the United Kingdom since 1978. It was placed in the Fleet Air Arm museum in 1986 and transferred to Duxford in 1996. Painted as S.4513 to represent and aircraft flown in 1918 by Captain Rickenbacker with the United States Army Air Service in France.

Duxford Aviation Society[edit]

Aircraft owned or on loan to the Duxford Aviation Society

Type Image Identity Markings/Notes
Airspeed Ambassador 2 G-ALZO AIRSPEED AMBASSADOR OF DAN AIR LONDON AT DUXFORD SEP 2012 (8039228528).jpg G-ALZO The only surviving Ambassador; operated by British European Airways (BEA) from 1952 to 1958, it was then used by the Royal Jordanian Air Force as a VIP aircraft. It was bought by Dan-Air in 1963 and operated until 1971 when it went on display at Lasham Airfield. Donated to the Duxford Aviation Society in 1986 and moved to Duxford still painted in Dan-Air markings.[2]
Avro York G-ANTK Avro York Dan Air (9424995386).jpg G-ANTK In the markings of Dan-Air, its last operator. Originally operated by the Royal Air Force from 1946, it was used on the Berlin Airlift. Sold to Dan-Air in 1954 which flew it until 1964. After retirement it was on display at Lasham Airfield until it was transferred to the Duxford Aviation Society and moved to Duxford in 1986 for a 20-year restoration programme.[3]
BAC One Eleven 500 BAC 1-11 (5921259077).jpg G-AVMU Operated by BEA from 1969 until British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and BEA merged to form British Airways in 1972. After retirement by British Airways it was donated to the society and flown to Duxford in 1993. Displayed in British Airways markings and named County of Dorset.[4]
BAC Super VC10 G-ASGC VC-10 BOAC (9457438125).jpg G-ASGC Former BOAC and British Airways aircraft, painted in BOAC-Cunard markings which it wore when it was operated by the 1960s' joint venture between BOAC and Cunard Line. Donated and flown to Duxford in 1980.[5]
Bristol Britannia 312 Bristol 175 Britannia 312, Monarch Airlines AN1279176.jpg G-AOVT Had been operated by BOAC and British Eagle but retains the colours of the last operator Monarch Airlines. Donated to the society by Monarch Airlines and flown to Duxford in 1975.[6]
Concorde ConcordePrototype.JPG G-AXDN Former pre-production development aircraft G-AXDN was donated to the society and flown to Duxford in 1977.[7]
de Havilland Comet De Havilland Comet pic 2 REJS.jpg G-APDB Former Dan-Air aircraft; painted in the markings of its first operator BOAC, which operated it from 1958. Donated by Dan-Air in 1974 and flown to Duxford.[8]
de Havilland Dove De Havilland Dove DH 104 (5781652178).jpg G-ALFU Used as a navaid calibration aircraft with the Civil Aviation Flying Unit (CAFU) from 1948 until 1972. Donated to the IWM in 1973 and moved to Duxford, transferred to the society in 1984; it is displayed in CAFU markings.[9]
Handley Page Dart Herald 201 G-APWJ Handley Page Herald Air UK (9460650014).jpg G-APWJ Painted in Air UK markings, its last operator; it was donated and flown to Duxford in 1985.[10]
Handley Page Hermes G-ALDG Handley Page HP-81 Hermes 4 (cn 08) BOAC. (5661319091).jpg G-ALDG Fuselage that was used at Gatwick as a cabin trainer and then by the fire service, it is now on display in BOAC markings named Horsa. Although only a fuselage, it is the only surviving Hermes and arrived at Duxford for preservation in 1981.[11]
Hawker Siddeley Trident 2E Hawker Siddeley Trident 2E G-AVFB (9124923641).jpg G-AVFB Painted in British European Airways markings to represent the first operator of the aircraft between 1968 and 1972. Used by Cyprus Airways until it suffered damage during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and was abandoned at Nicosia airport. It was recovered by British Airways and repaired; and continued in service until 1982, when it was donated to the society and flown to Duxford.[12]
Vickers Viscount 701 G-ALWF Vickers Viscount (9460217268).jpg G-ALWF Painted to represent a Viscount of British European Airways with the original name Sir John Franklin. Whiskey Foxtrot was the second production aircraft and was delivered to British European Airways in 1953. The last operator was Cambrian Airways and she was retired in 1971 and placed on display at Liverpool Airport with the Viscount Preservation Trust. Transferred to the Duxford Aviation Society and moved to Duxford by road in 1976.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IWM Duxford, Aircraft at IWM Duxford, 25 November 2011, accessed 23 February 2012
  2. ^ G-ALZO
  3. ^ G-ANTK
  4. ^ G-AVMU
  5. ^ G-ASGC
  6. ^ G-AOVT
  7. ^ G-AXDN
  8. ^ G-APDB
  9. ^ G-ALFU
  10. ^ G-APWJ
  11. ^ G-ALDG
  12. ^ G-AVFB
  13. ^ G-ALWF