D-Day 70th Anniversary, Duxford UK

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.

B-17 Flying Fortress flown over from the states. Lots of other fighters lined up in the background

B-17 Flying Fortress flown over from the states. Lots of other fighters lined up in the background

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.

SR-71 Blackbird. Fastest jet powered plane ever made.

SR-71 Blackbird. Fastest jet powered plane ever made.

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One of the two huge Pratt & Whitney jet engines that propel the aircraft to Mach 3.5

They manage to pack so much into this hangar, with a B-52 in the middle, even a B-29, B-25, A-10, U-2, F-111, F-4 and much much more

They manage to pack so much into this hangar, with a B-52 in the middle, even a B-29, B-25, A-10, U-2, F-111, F-4 and much much more

Jess Admiring the beauitfuly restored B-24 Liberator

Jess Admiring the beautifully restored B-24 Liberator

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The American War Plane Museum

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.

Apache Attack Helicopter

Apache Attack Helicopter

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The Typhoon, photos do no justice.

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.

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The Red Arrows

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Thing about being in the wheelchair is everyone is taller than you!

DSC_0038 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.

An American P-51D Mustang. One of the fastest fighters of the war

An American P-51D Mustang. One of the fastest fighters of the war

The mustang escorting a Dakota. Common throughout the war

The mustang escorting a Dakota. Common throughout the war

D-Day Paratrooper Tribute

D-Day Paratrooper Tribute

The Red Devils. One bloke had 5000 jumps to his name

The Red Devils. One bloke had 5000 jumps to his name

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.

Nazi MP-44 first of the Assault Rifles, spawned the AK-47. Jess looking pretty badass too.

Nazi MP-44 first of the Assault Rifles, spawned the AK-47. Jess looking pretty badass too.

British Brent Gun, Very heavy

British Brent Gun, Very heavy

The offered me a straight swap on the troopy but I had to turn them down.

The offered me a straight swap on the troopy but I had to turn them down.

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I think this one was a little more suitable, it had adjustable air suspension

Now we are talking, Run bitches run!!!

Now we are talking, Run bitches run!!!

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.

Armoured vehicle museum

Armoured vehicle museum

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.

Cold War Era U-2 spy plane with an 80,000ft celling

Cold War Era U-2 spy plane with an 80,000ft celling

A-10 Warthog with its GAU-8 Gatling gun capable of firing 35 30mm depleted uranium rounds a second. Also one of my favourite planes

A-10 Warthog with its GAU-8 Gatling gun capable of firing 35 30mm depleted uranium rounds a second. Also one of my favourite planes

Russian SCUD missile launcher. Can also be used with nuclear warheads. Truck is the same bran as my motorbike a Ural

Russian SCUD missile launcher. Can also be used with nuclear warheads. Truck is the same bran as my motorbike a Ural

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