After weeks of being cooped up in Jess’s dad’s apartment we needed a break from all the visas and other paperwork we’d been slogging our guts out with. Jess though that I’d enjoy checking out the Royal Airforce museum at Duxford. She decided to google it one afternoon to find that the 70th anniversary of D-Day was that weekend. She was excited to tell me as I love all the old WW2 war planes. After she showed me the website I was well impressed, not only did they have loads of operational WW2 planes but there were D-Day exhibitions of all the vehicles and equipment used during the invasion.
On top of that they also have the American war plane museum which houses some of my favourite planes from the past to the present. Including the SR-71 Blackbird which is only armed with a camera and two massively powerful Pratt and Whitney jet engines capable of propelling the plane 3.5 times the speed of sound (over 4000km/h). Faster than any missile or even bullet.
Some of the flying exhibitions with the modern hardware were incredible too. They had a typhoon delta wing jet fighter which was insanely loud, fast and manoeuvrable. Also an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter which seemed to defy the laws of physics. The way that it flew vertically then changed almost instantaneously into a deadset nose dive then pulled up to hover on the spot just meters from the ground.
We were also treated to an acrobatic show by the famous red arrows who flew directly at each other at suicidal speeds and distances while upside down or performing barrel rolls.
As part of the D-Day anniversary there were an array of WW2 fighter planes from all countries involved putting on exhibition dog fights. There were mustangs, spitfires, hurricanes and even two German Messerschmitt’s. Also the only operational B-17 Flying Fortress which was flown all the way across the Atlantic to participate. As a tribute to all the paratroopers that landed during the first few days of D-Day, three Dakotas flew in formation. The Red Devils a crew of modern day paratroopers jumped from one of the planes at 1000ft which is very low by any standard.
Not only did they have loads of the D-Day planes but some of the other military hardware that was used during the invasion. Including some small arms that were on display to play around with. Think we could resist that, I think not. There was also many displays of the conventional military hardware… and more guns to play with.
On top of all of that action, we managed to squeeze in a quick viewing of the land vehicle display which was also very impressive and well thought out.
It was an amazing day, Jess was surprised at how much she enjoyed it. Thinking it was just going to be a man thing. We were lucky the weather held out to a degree, it was a bit foul with wind, rain and low clouds but not enough to stop all the dedicated folks who hosted the air show.
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