About the American Air Museum


The American Air Museum in Britain is home to the best collection of American military aircraft on public display outside of North America.

The museum tells the story of two nations united through war, loss, love and duty, from the First World War to the present day. 

Engage with fascinating interactives telling the unique and inspirational stories of 85 men and women whose lives have been shaped by war.

Get up close to 19 epic original aircraft with which they were linked and discover 850 intriguing personal objects, many of which have never before been on display.

The American Air Museum has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The award-winning American Air Museum building was designed by celebrated British architect, Lord Norman Foster. It is located at IWM Duxford, part of Imperial War Museums, near Cambridge and opened in 1997.

Duxford is the UK’s best-preserved Second World War fighter station and was home to the US Eighth Air Force’s 78th Fighter Group from 1943–45. To help you plan a visit to the museum, go to IWM Duxford on the main IWM website.

IWM is a family of five museums: IWM London; IWM North in Trafford, Greater Manchester; IWM Duxford near Cambridge; the Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall, London; and the historic ship HMS Belfast, moored in the Pool of London on the River Thames. We are partially government-funded but need sponsorship and donations to sustain our programmes. An American Air Museum 501(c) charity raises funding in the USA to support the work of the museum.

The American Air Museum 501(c)3 operates in the USA. Find out how to join (open to US residents only) or view information about its governance.

IWM Duxford

Get up close to over a century of aviation with hundreds of aircraft and objects on display.

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