Translation: Alisson Barros
Based on the historic Duxford airfield in Cambridgeshire – England, a site originally operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Museum started during the First World War in 1917 as the “National War Museum Committee”. The committee was created by the British government to record the war effort and sacrifice of Great Britain and her Empire. The museum opened in 1920, when it was renamed as Imperial War Museum Duxford.
During World War II Duxford played a prominent role during the Battle of Britain and was later used by United States Air Force in support of the daylight bombing of Germany.
Duxford remained an active RAF airfield until 1961.
In 1969, after the Ministry of Defense declared that the airfield was no longer needed. The Imperial War Museum was granted permission to use part of the site for storage. Finally, in 1976, the airfield was transferred to the museum.
The site houses around 200 aircraft, military vehicles, artillery and smaller naval vessels. All of this is displayed in seven buildings, where other collections of materials such as films, photographs, documents, books and artifacts are also exposed, as well as housing several British Army regimental museums including those of the Parachute Regiment (Airborne Assault) and the Royal Anglian Regiment.
The space remains an active airfield and is used by civil airlines and air shows. The airfield is operated in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council and the Duxford Aviation Society, a charity formed in 1975 to preserve civil aircraft and promote the appreciation of British civil aviation history.
Miniatura LLedo 1932 AEC Regent Open Top Bus - Limited Edition
In 1994 Lledo released a limited series with 5000 miniatures of the AEC Regent Open-Top Bus 1932. It was made exclusively for the Lledo International Model Show and Auction, held at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford on June 11, 1994. All miniatures were made in England, and each was individually numbered.
The miniature in the photos is property of the collector and author of this article, Thay Xavier, and is numbered 2153.