With the recent Rolls- Royce announcement that they are acquiring an ex Qantas Boeing 747 for use as a flying engine testbed, Keith Bradshaw takes a look back at some of the other aircraft used for engine testing in the past. Although not that commonplace these days due to most “new” engines being developments of older well tried examples, testing a new engine on the wing is not a new procedure. Back in the early days of the jet and Turbo-prop engines manufacturers...%>
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With another year drawing to a close let us take the traditional look back at what’s been happening here at Duxford over the past 12 months. 2019 saw a large number of anniversaries affecting our collection and aviation in general. The big ones were the first flights 50 years ago of Concorde and the Boeing 747. Our BAC 1-11 also saw air under its wings for the first time in 1969 and the Comet celebrated the world’s first flight by a jet airliner 70 years ago. In...%>
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100 years on the 15th June 1919 the Vickers Vimy of Alcock and Brown 'landed' in Ireland to complete...
On 13th June 1965 the prototype Britten Norman BN2 Islander G-ATCT took off from the grass airstrip...
Boarding now! Sales of Boarding Passes were brisk. The British Airliner Collection aircraft welcomed visitors...
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One of the unique features that made the Concorde able to cruise at twice the speed of sound was its ability to change the shape of its forward fuselage. For ground handling, take-off and... more >
The action-packed Duxford Air Festival returns for take-off Spring Bank Holiday weekend. Get ready to power your imagination... Concorde nose lowering demonstration at 12:00 From... more >
The action-packed Duxford Air Festival returns for take-off Spring Bank Holiday weekend. Get ready to power your imagination... Concorde nose lowering demonstration at 12:00. From... more >