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Fifty years of a Duxford Comet

On 12 February 1974 de Havilland Comet G-APDB took off for the last time. Leaving the Dan-Air engineering base at Lasham in Hampshire she transited north towards her birthplace in Hatfield. On arrival she descended to complete a low pass along the runway from which she had made her first flight 15 years earlier, pulling up at the end of the pass as the flight crew settled on the heading for the short flight to their final destination at Duxford. When the wheels touched down in Cambridgeshire... more >


On board the Ambassador volunteers Ray and Cliff were doing major renovation work on the freight door. This heavy structure has been increasingly difficult to open in recent years and Ray has been keen to reinstate the spring and cable system that makes it possible for one person to open the door with ease. Last used in 1971, this powerful mechanism presents a temendous challenge but Ray and Cliff seemed quietly confident.  more >

Aircraft Opening over the Winter

Now that Winter is upon us we have closed all of the outside aircraft to help in their conservation. They will reopen next Easter, However you can still visit our aircraft in the main AirSpace hangar Concorde is open every day from... more >

Winter work in the workshop 2

The BAe146 axle stands have been created and painted also in for a repaint were the BAC 1-11 engine support panels.  more >


The Big One!

With Christmas on the way those of us of a certain age will remember as kids asking our parents for a present of a Keil Kraft balsa wood plane model. While making it our mind’s would wander to real aeroplanes that were made of... more >

Winter work in the workshop 1

The aircraft workshop looked pretty clear early February but new challenges arrived mid month. Huge fibreglass engine blanks were laid out on a bench for a clean and polish. These belong to the VC10 which has a full programme of anti-corrosion... more >


When I’m cleaning windows….

Whilst thanking George Formby for the title of this piece, I’m sure unlike DAS volunteers he had never cleaned and polished around 90 VC10 cabin windows! This onerous task had fallen mainly to the Tuesday team and it was one of their... more >


A recent visit to Duxford provided the opportunity to showcase the STROND watches in Concorde 101 G-AXDN's cockpit. Each watch contains a part of a genuine panel and so is a unique way of owning a part of this historic aircraft. The... more >


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