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Ken Pettit tribute

Members and friends of Duxford Aviation Society are saddened to hear that one of our founder members, Ken Pettit, has died in a fire at his home in Cambridge. Ken made an immense contribution to the formation and success of DAS, was an active volunteer for many years and was writing a memoir about the […]

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Unlike Pigs……. Cars can fly !

The story of the UK’s Air Ferry services using those eccentric aeroplanes the Bristol Freighter and the ATL Carvair. By keith Bradshaw. In 1948 the fledgling airline Silver City came into being. Initially as a freight airline it decided to try it’s hand at a new venture and offer Air Ferry services from its base […]

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Pond hopping!

4 October 2018 sees the 60th anniversary of the first commercial jet airliner flights across the Atlantic. Our Comet G-APDB, here at Duxford, was one of two aircraft that took part in that historic crossing. This is a brief history of commercial airliner flights over the Atlantic Ocean. It all began when two push bike […]

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Bastiste Jagoury, one of Duxford Aviation Society’s work experience students, talks about his summer at IWM Duxford

“I’m a 19-year old French Engineering student and two years ago, I began a five-year Aeronautical Engineering Course at ESTACA in Laval, south of Rennes, France. “Seized by a passionate love of flying machines when I was a child, I always wanted to be an engineer. But not any kind of engineer – the aeronautical […]

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New Berlin Airlift exhibition on Avro York

In 1948/9 the York was one of a fleet of Allied aircraft which delivered the largest humanitarian airlift ever attempted. The interior of Avro York G-ANTK has been reinterpreted for visitors to Duxford to celebrate the 70th anniversary of this record-breaking event. G-ANTK is part of the British Airliner Collection and visitors can board and […]

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Keeping the Concorde magic alive – Concorde 101 at Duxford

By Keith Bradshaw. All photos by the author and Steve Jeal unless noted. In December 1968 the world saw the flight of the first supersonic passenger airliner when the prototype Tupolev TU-144 took to the skies in the USSR. Rushed into flight in a bid to become the first airliner of this type, very little testing […]

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The Berlin Airlift.

A 124,420,813 mile round trip! By Keith Bradshaw. All photos by the author and Steve Jeal unless noted. Photo US Navy Museum Dakotas unloading on the famous curved ramp at Templehof airport in Berlin. That was the total distance flown by allied aircraft 70 years ago during the 15 months of operations known as the Berlin […]

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