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A whole lot to be thankful for...

By Lucy May on 24/11/2016

Pilots of the 361st Fighter Group gather together to give thanks for three days' leave (FRE 6186).

Happy Thanksgiving! Here at the American Air Museum we may be decidedly in the UK but it still seems an opportune moment to share some of the things we’re particularly grateful for this year:

AAM Aircraft are Back in the Building

By Lucy May on 30/09/2015

With the conserved aircraft back inside, the glass wall of the American Air Museum has begun to go up.

Over the past month the Conservation team at IWM Duxford has been working extremely hard to move all of the aircraft back into the American Air Museum and suspend a number of them. If you're local to the museum, we hope that you had the chance to visit the site on one (or more!) of the days when the aircraft were out and about. For those of you who couldn't make it, here are a few photos of the move:

The AAM Summer Residency - A View from a Teacher

By Rcwittkopf on 30/07/2015

Robert Astrella of the 7th Photo Group took this shot from St Paul's Cathedral looking down Fleet Street during the Second World War (FRE 6935). The teachers will be walking along Fleet Street today as part of a London walking tour devised to take in sights American airmen might have seen when they were here 70 years ago.

"My name is Randee Wittkopf. I am a teacher of world history at a secondary school in Fairfax, Virginia and I feel as if I just won the teachers’ version of the lottery." In this post we hear from one of the 16 teachers joining the AAM team for the Summer Residency between 30 July and 13 August: 

Guest post: Join an airfield archaeology training day at IWM Duxford

By Eighth in the East on 02/07/2015

Participants in an Eighth in the East archaeology training day get to grips with the ambulance garage and mortuary building at Shipdham airfield, Norfolk.

Guest post: Eighth in the East urge you to come along to IWM Duxford on 26 July to learn how to record and preserve your local airfield.

Aircraft on the move around IWM Duxford

By Jenny on 29/05/2015

Here’s an update on when the aircraft will be moving back into the American Air Museum if you were thinking of planning a visit to IWM Duxford to coincide with the movement of a particular aircraft.

As part of the redevelopment project, the aircraft and vehicles were removed from the American Air Museum and relocated in other buildings on site in April and May. They are now being condition-checked and, where necessary, conserved before being re-displayed in the American Air Museum when it re-opens in Spring 2016.

AAM Website Launch Event

By Lucy May on 01/10/2014

The AAM website home page at launch.

On 30 September we launched the new AAM website at an event at IWM Duxford.

A Tale of Two Cities (and Two Research Projects)

By Jenny on 01/08/2014

Students from Seattle's Northwest School performing 'Crates of Thunder' at Bethnal Green Academy

Students from Seattle's Northwest School performing 'Crates of Thunder' at Bethnal Green Academy, London.

Although work on building the new website and preparations for this year’s Summer Residency for teachers have been keeping the American Air Museum team very busy of late, we were thrilled to be able to spend a day with students and teachers from Bethnal Green Academy in East London and The Northwest School in Seattle last week.

RAF Molesworth then and now

By Jenny on 12/02/2014

Group photo by the B-17 in the AAM

Colonel Kristin M. Baker, Colonel Elizabeth A. Coble and Peter Park from Molesworth visit the American Air Museum, hosted by Executive Vice-President, Phil Reed (centre), and Project Leader, Jenny Cousins.

At the American Air Museum, a lot of our time is spent concentrating on the events of the Second World War, but another important focus is its consequences.

AAM secures Heritage Lottery Fund support

By Jenny on 17/01/2014

Heritage Lottery Fund logo

The American Air Museum team is thrilled to be able to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded us a grant of £980k/$1.6m towards our project.

For those of you outside the UK, the Heritage Lottery Fund distributes money raised through the National Lottery, to support the UK's heritage. It has had a major impact on the resilience and vibrancy of the sector, investing £5.9 billion in a diverse range of projects since 1994. (For more about the HLF, see http://www.hlf.org.uk/).

AAM visit 100th BG Museum

By Lucy May on 26/11/2013

AAM Project Leader Jenny Cousins in the Control Tower at Thorpe Abbotts, home of the 100th Bomb Group museum.

Last week the AAM team visited the 100th Bomb Group museum at Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk.