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October half term at IWM Duxford

Thursday, 8th October 2015.

From Saturday 24 October to Sunday 1 November, IWM Duxford is offering family-friendly talks, shining a spotlight on three aircraft in the AirSpace exhibition and the respective roles they played in the First World War, the Second World War and the Cold War.

At 11am each day, visit the Airco/de Havilland DH9, one of the first British bomber aircraft designed for strategic attacks on German cities, railways and airfields during the First World War. This type of aircraft was flown from RAF Duxford in the latter stages of the Great War.

A historic interpreter, dressed as a First World War pilot, will describe what RAF Duxford was like during this time. Visitors to Duxford can discover how aircraft technology developed during the First World War and find out about the skills and talent required to fly a DH9 bomber.

At midday, the focus will be upon the Avro York and the role it played in the humanitarian effort of the Berlin airlift after the Second World War. The Berlin Blockade was one of the first major international crises of the Cold War, as the Soviet Union blocked railway, road and canal access to the sectors of Berlin under Western Control. In response, the Western Allies organised the Berlin airlift to carry supplies to the people of West Berlin. Air forces from across the Commonwealth combined to carry out over 200,000 flights in one year, delivering up to 8,893 tons of fuel and food to the West Berlin population.

Our historic interpreter, kitted out in Second World War uniform, will explain why the Berlin airlift was so important and tells the individual stories of the people who took part in this huge humanitarian operation.

The role of the English Electric Lightning is discussed by our historic interpreter at 1pm, including how the aircraft protected the skies over Britain during the Cold War. Hear the incredible story of Taffy Holden, the RAF ground technician who accidently took off in an English Electric Lightning after an error on a simple ground engine run.

Family backpacks
10am to 3pm (last entry at 2.30pm)

Borrow a family backpack, full of exciting challenges and activities which take you on a trail around four aircraft in the AirSpace exhibition.

There are two backpacks on offer for children aged 6 and under and two for children aged 7 and above. The backpacks also include aviation-themed items to try on.

October half term activities are included in general admission to IWM Duxford.

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