Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Air Museum Opens in England

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Air Museum Opens in England

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THE NEW American Air Museum, which claims the largest collection of historic American combat aircraft outside the United States, is to open this week at Duxford Airfield near Cambridge, England, joining an already formidable number of military exhibits in that country.

Britain has more than 150 military and military-related museums, according to the British Tourist Authority.

Queen Elizabeth II and U.S. Air Force Secretary Sheila Widnall will inaugurate the museum, which is also intended as a tribute to Americans who served from British bases in World War II. Eleven of the 20 aircraft on display, including the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, are from that war; eight are post-1945; and one is from World War I.

More than 60,000 Americans helped fund the museum through a group co-chaired by actor Charlton Heston and former British Chief of Defense Staff Edwin Bramall.

Through Oct. 25, the museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (except Dec. 24 to 26).

The facility is part of the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, which displays about 140 other aircraft. Admission to all facilities is about $11.40 for adults, $7.50 for seniors 60 and older, $5.70 for students and free under age 5. Information: (800) 233-4226.

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