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Posted: 8/27/2011 1:28:54 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/28/2011 6:01:44 PM EST by ConditionOne]
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 1:31:33 PM EST
Outstanding photos.


Monk
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 1:36:53 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 1:47:31 PM EST
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 1:47:45 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/28/2011 5:40:19 PM EST by ConditionOne]
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 1:48:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By The-Bald-Monk:
Outstanding photos.


Monk


Indeed! Thanks for sharing!
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 1:55:47 PM EST
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
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
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
Thanks for the pictures and descriptions....great tour.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:13:59 PM EST
Fuck, how many planes have they crammed into that (one?) hangar?
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:14:53 PM EST
Cool.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:21:58 PM EST
Wow, Thank you.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:23:37 PM EST
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
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
[Last Edit: 8/27/2011 2:29:02 PM EST by Agent_Funky]
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:28:28 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/27/2011 2:35:05 PM EST by ConditionOne]
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
I miss that place.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:31:24 PM EST
Originally Posted By Cromlech:
Fuck, how many planes have they crammed into that (one?) hangar?


All of them.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:35:33 PM EST
Originally Posted By toby1:
Wow, Thank you.


Yes. Very, very much!
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:37:36 PM EST
Great pictures, what a museum!
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 2:38:48 PM EST
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
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
Originally Posted By Simey:
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
Originally Posted By ConditionOne:
Originally Posted By Simey:
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
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
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
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
Originally Posted By CarrierGas:
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
Excellent, thanks for sharing!
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 3:18:42 PM EST
Originally Posted By vitalis:
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

Originally Posted By Agent_Funky:
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
cool stuff!
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 3:25:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/27/2011 3:29:35 PM EST by damcv62]
Very cool!!!
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 3:34:14 PM EST
Excellent photos! Well done indeed.

Link Posted: 8/27/2011 3:37:07 PM EST
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
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
Looks like a trip I would enjoy.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 3:58:04 PM EST
Outstanding pics, thank you for sharing.

Link Posted: 8/27/2011 4:07:56 PM EST
Fantastic photos! A very enjoyable thread OP. Thanks for posting!
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 4:13:08 PM EST
Thanks for sharing, been to IWM London, wanted to see Duxford, maybe next trip....
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 4:23:32 PM EST
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
[Last Edit: 8/27/2011 4:33:42 PM EST by ConditionOne]
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
Originally Posted By ConditionOne:
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
[Last Edit: 8/27/2011 4:43:02 PM EST by 4v50]
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
Originally Posted By flash556:
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
Thanks. That was awesome.
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 5:48:52 PM EST
Originally Posted By ConditionOne:
Originally Posted By flash556:
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
Well done, OP!
Link Posted: 8/27/2011 7:22:03 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/27/2011 9:56:35 PM EST by ConditionOne]
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
Great looking museum displays and excellent photo essay. Thanks for posting!
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