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This airworthy Flying Fortress built in 1945 is the only remaining Fortress flying in Europe. It was used in the film Memphis Belle and the Memphis Belle livery remains on one side of the aircraft. This aircraft is a flying memorial to the tens of thousands of American airmen who lost their lives in her sister aircraft during the Second World War. My old man, Cpl Leroy Lokey, was based at the USAF base at Thurleigh, Beds, and was on the ground crew loading the bombs on these aircraft. We owe these airmen so much......

This Blackbird, serial number 61-7962, in July 1976, set a flight altitude record of 85,069 feet and is the only example of the type on display outside the United States.

Another view of this superb museum.

This museum was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 1st August 1997 and re-dedicated on 27th September 2002 in a ceremony attended by former US President George H.W. Bush and Prince Charles. Since being opened the museum has had its glass front removed and them reinstalled to allow the bringing in of a B-24 Liberator and the SR-71 Blackbird which is the only example of the type on display outside the United States and this one, serial number 61-7962, set a flight altitude record of 85,069 feet in July 1976.

This was the original Control Tower used in WWII.

In 2000 Duxford announced plans for the redevelopment of Hangar 1, previously known as the Superhangar, built in the 1980s. The building would be expanded by 40% giving more space for display and conservation. The result is Air Space which contains over thirty aircraft dating back to the First World War and the new building was opened to the public 0n 12th July 2008.

"Sally B", the last remaining B-17G Flying Fortress still in the air in Europe and based at Duxford, in formation with Eagle Squadron, the P-47G Thunderbolt, the P-51C Mustang, the Spitfire & Hurricane.

The Avro Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Flight.

Right, Jet rock is a lias shale, dark blue to black in colour, dense in texture, smelling strongly of oil when freshly broken. Its position in the geological strata of the coast is below the bituminous and alum shales of the has rock, the lias consisting of the solidified mud of an ancient sea which once existed over what is now Cleveland. The hardest and best variety of Jet is found only in the lower bed of the Upper Lias while the softer variety is found in the upper part of Upper Lias as well as in the shale above it but this will not stand atmospheric conditions like the harder jet. The latter has a conchoidal fracture and is highly electric under friction. So there, and definitely not a lot of people know that!!!. And my wife, who went up to Whitby with her mate, says all the jewelry shops are full of the stuff so it's big business!

In the TV programme Bernard Scripps was both garage proprietor and undertaker and in my opinion one of the best characters in the series. I'd love to know if he sounds so doleful in real life!!!


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