Newcomers tour to Imperial War Museum, Duxford Published March 28, 2007 By Jill Fuson 48 Fighter Wing Public Affairs RAF LAKENHEATH, England -- Free monthly tours for newcomers to the Imperial War Museum Duxford, approximately 45 minutes from RAF Lakenheath, began March 9 through the Airmen Family and Readiness Center. The American Air Museum displays the largest collection of U.S. military aircraft on display outside the United States. Duxford also displays a variety of aviation heritage including the Normandy Experience and Battle of Britain. More than 200 aircraft are on display including a hanger dedicated to American military aircraft. Located off the A11, Duxford is also an operational airfield where RAF Lakenheath has performed at a variety of air shows. The monthly tour is the brainchild of Capt. Will McDougall, pilot with the 492nd Fighter Squadron and Richard Ashton, Director of the Imperial War Museum. Captain McDougall became involved with Duxford through Mr. Ashton who is the 492nd FS honorary commander. "Since we are a fighter base, I thought it would benefit new troops and their families to intermingle with the different cultures displayed at the museum," said Captain McDougall. The museum houses a collection of historic combat aircraft with several suspended from the ceiling as if in flight. Aircraft such as the SR-71 Blackbird, U-2 spy plane and B-17 Flying Fortress are just a few on display. "A great day out for all. Bring the family and enjoy the day." said retired Chief Master Sgt. Dave Hurlburt, volunteer tour guide from the Airmen and Family Readiness Center. For more information, visit www.iwm.org.uk/duxford.