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Link Posted: 8/27/2011 1:31:33 PM EST
[#1]
Outstanding photos.


Monk
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 1:36:53 PM EST
[#2]
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 1:47:31 PM EST
[#3]
OMG!  Guns?  Missiles?  I hope they don't allow children in there, they might get bad ideas.  Like the idea that violence is ever a solution!

Ban all instruments of war and death!
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 1:48:23 PM EST
[#5]
Quoted:
Outstanding photos.


Monk


Indeed!  Thanks for sharing!
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 1:55:47 PM EST
[#6]
That silver spitfire (MK19?) is the most beautiful aircraft I have ever layed eyes on, also I would rather have that PBY than an actual house

Awsome pics OP
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 1:55:58 PM EST
[#7]
Very cool, thanks for sharing, never been to Duxford, will have to go there on my next full trip back to the UK (I will be there next week but only for 24 hrs to visit family).
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 1:56:03 PM EST
[#8]
Those land fighting vehicles weren't there when I visited back in the '90s.  Please get some shots of the HMS Belfast's decks.  I neglected to do that when I visited her.  She's quite a large, light cruiser and her sister HMS Edinburg was sunk while carrying Russian gold.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:04:13 PM EST
[#9]
Thanks for the pictures and descriptions....great tour.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:13:59 PM EST
[#10]
Fuck, how many planes have they crammed into that (one?) hangar?
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:14:53 PM EST
[#11]
Cool.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:21:58 PM EST
[#12]
Wow, Thank you.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:23:37 PM EST
[#13]
Interesting. I didn't know about the Fa 330 Bachstelze.  Those Germans make nice stuff.  

Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:25:40 PM EST
[#14]
I've been going there since the 70s. Great place, and great pics.  

Did you stop by and pay your respects at Madingley while you were in the area?
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:27:53 PM EST
[#15]
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:28:28 PM EST
[#16]
The Imperial War Museum HMS Belfast, moored in the Thames - She looked "Dazzling" in her camouflage .
























A few other shots from London:

Replica of Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hind:

International Brigade Memorial:

The London Eye:

And finally, from atop the Eye - sunset over London:

Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:30:28 PM EST
[#17]
I miss that place.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:31:24 PM EST
[#18]
Quoted:
Fuck, how many planes have they crammed into that (one?) hangar?


All of them.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:35:33 PM EST
[#19]
Quoted:
Wow, Thank you.


Yes.  Very, very much!
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:37:36 PM EST
[#20]
Great pictures, what a museum!
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:38:48 PM EST
[#21]
Awesome!!

Loved the cutaway of the Ferret.

Thanks for taking the time to post these!!

EMSflyer
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:45:06 PM EST
[#22]
I've been on the HMS Belfast, about 25 year ago.  It looks like they are doing a great job maintaining it.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:45:23 PM EST
[#23]
Quoted:
Did you stop by and pay your respects at Madingley while you were in the area?

I did.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:49:42 PM EST
[#24]
Quoted:
Quoted:
Did you stop by and pay your respects at Madingley while you were in the area?

I did.




Beautiful place.

Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:56:32 PM EST
[#25]
Great pics OP! Love me some museums. Hate to nitpick but in the a/c pix was that a Flying Fortress ball turret? You had it labelled as Superfortress turret. Flame me if wrong por favor.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:59:35 PM EST
[#26]
Thank you for all the kind words, England is a museum-lover's paradise. The IWM system is first rate, and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at the branches I was able to visit in Cambridgeshire and London.
Over a seven day period, I visited the following museums - all were excellent.
- IWM Duxford
  -Air
  -Land
- Fitzwilliam Museum
- Cambridge Museum of Zoology
- Whipple Museum
- Sedgwick Museum
- The Polar Museum
- The Cromwell Museum
- The Roman Baths
- The London Museum
- IWM HMS Belfast
- IWM London
- The National Army Museum
- Apsley House
And, of course, Stonehenge.

Link Posted: 8/27/2011 3:07:04 PM EST
[#27]
Outstanding pics sir, OUTSTANDING...



With the planes, I can't believe you didn't highlight one of the best, sexiest bombers of all times... the VULCAN....  The giant beast is pure sex with wings, could do a tail standing fighter take off, was fast and elegant.  I got to see one fly several times at the London Ont. air show as a kid.  Got to go inside the beast too, pure sexy win.



The armor museum needs more money, some of those AFVs are in some serious need of restoration.  Granted, they don't look as bad as the tanks at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, but it is a shame to see how rusted they are.  I love AFVs and it really saddens me to see them in non perfect condition.  The worst though is the fake ass Tiger tank.  I sure hope they had a sign explaining that it wasn't a PzVI and was a Russian T34 with some new skin on it.....



And the HMS Belfast is beautiful, always loved that ship and her whole class...



Again sir, awesome pics.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 3:08:13 PM EST
[#28]
Quoted:
Great pics OP! Love me some museums. Hate to nitpick but in the a/c pix was that a Flying Fortress ball turret? You had it labelled as Superfortress turret. Flame me if wrong por favor.

Probably . It's been about 3 months, but I remember that it was displayed with the Norden in between the Superfortress and a Flying Fortress being removed for maintenance. I'm more of a Century Series guy .

Link Posted: 8/27/2011 3:12:54 PM EST
[#29]
Excellent, thanks for sharing!
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 3:18:42 PM EST
[#30]
Quoted:
I can't believe you didn't highlight one of the best, sexiest bombers of all times... the VULCAN.....


I tried to get a Vulcan highlight shot, but it was beyond the ability of my Sony 8mp point and shoot - it really fills up the AirSpace Hangar, making it hard to fit it into one shot. Same goes for the B-29 and B-52 in the American Air Hangar, you can barely make out pieces of them in some of the shots, but the outright size of those two made it impossible to get a good framing picture of either.

Link Posted: 8/27/2011 3:20:14 PM EST
[#31]



Quoted:

Get off your arse and go see for yourself.

I'm permanently stuck to my computer chair, it's not going to happen.





 
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 3:23:09 PM EST
[#32]
cool stuff!
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 3:25:19 PM EST
[#33]
Very cool!!!
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 3:34:14 PM EST
[#34]
Excellent photos!  Well done indeed.




Link Posted: 8/27/2011 3:37:07 PM EST
[#35]
I spent a few weekends wandering around Duxford when I was stationed in England.  Quite the place.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 3:52:53 PM EST
[#36]
Again great photos, it is striking how small the armored vehicles were back in the day.


Monk
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 3:56:16 PM EST
[#37]
Looks like a trip I would enjoy.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 3:58:04 PM EST
[#38]
Outstanding pics, thank you for sharing.

Link Posted: 8/27/2011 4:07:56 PM EST
[#39]
Fantastic photos! A very enjoyable thread OP. Thanks for posting!
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 4:13:08 PM EST
[#40]
Thanks for sharing, been to IWM London, wanted to see Duxford, maybe next trip....
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 4:23:32 PM EST
[#41]
Wow!  Awesome pics!  

Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to show my twelve year old son these pics.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 4:28:31 PM EST
[#42]
IWM London was incredible - unfortunately my camera battery died before I made it there. The hardware on display is remarkable - 16" turret out front, the original V2 cutaway, Heinkel 162, Montgomery's M3 command tank, Biber submarine.......on and on and on. I especially appreciated the detailed displays covering every Commonwealth conflict from the 20th Century onward, and the collection of firearms exhibited is superb - everything from a Bergmann MP18 and WZ. 35 to an Orita SMG and a VZ.54. They had an integrally silenced Carl Gustav M/45 (Swedish K) in the ANZAC Vietnam display that I wanted.......
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 4:37:57 PM EST
[#43]
Quoted:
IWM London was incredible - unfortunately my camera battery died before I made it there. The hardware on display is remarkable - 16" turret out front, the original V2 cutaway, Heinkel 162, Montgomery's M3 command tank, Biber submarine.......on and on and on. I especially appreciated the detailed displays covering every Commonwealth conflict from the 20th Century onward, and the collection of firearms exhibited is superb - everything from a Bergmann MP18 and WZ. 35 to an Orita SMG and a VZ.54. They had an integrally silenced Carl Gustav M/45 (Swedish K) in the ANZAC Vietnam display that I wanted.......


IWM London has a FW 190...

Link Posted: 8/27/2011 4:42:42 PM EST
[#44]
IWM also has that Sopwith Camel that was launced from a towed barge.  It went aloft and bagged itself a zeppelin.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 4:49:10 PM EST
[#45]
Quoted:
IWM London has a FW 190...


There was one at Duxford as well, in the restoration/maintenance hangar - but it was a Flug Werk Nachbau new-build replica. Definitely not as cool as the real deal at IWM London - which is, in my opinion, the best bang for the buck 20th Century military museum I've been to. Too bad you have to live in London to work there.....otherwise I'd sweep the floors for free .
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 5:11:29 PM EST
[#46]
Thanks. That was awesome.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 5:48:52 PM EST
[#47]
Quoted:
Quoted:
IWM London has a FW 190...


There was one at Duxford as well, in the restoration/maintenance hangar - but it was a Flug Werk Nachbau new-build replica. Definitely not as cool as the real deal at IWM London - which is, in my opinion, the best bang for the buck 20th Century military museum I've been to. Too bad you have to live in London to work there.....otherwise I'd sweep the floors for free .


If your ever in Florida check out....
http://www.fantasyofflight.com/
Great place.....
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 5:55:04 PM EST
[#48]
Well done, OP!

Link Posted: 8/27/2011 7:22:03 PM EST
[#49]
More pix.....hotlinked for more info
BAE Sea Harrier:

de Havilland Mosquito:

RAF R.E.8.:

P-51D "Ferocious Frankie" :

Hawker Hunter:

Grumman TBF Avenger:

R-11/SS-1 "Scud":


Link Posted: 8/27/2011 7:33:13 PM EST
[#50]
Great looking museum displays and excellent photo essay. Thanks for posting!
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