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24 Jul 18 - Stephen Nuttall - 0.5 NM North of HMS Nightjar

Flew into Duxford on Wednesday 18 July from Blackpool to visit the air museum. I have visited this museum at least six times now over the last 30-odd years, four times by air. Every time I go, I seem to forget what an amazing museum it is, and our five hours stay barely scratched the surface. Two days MIGHT just do it justice.

The airfield is easy to find, the runways are in excellent condition (both the grass and hard ones), the ATC (Duxford Information), is professional, friendly and helpful (especially with help on local reporting points) and the refuelling was by bowser who got to us just after shut-down. (The Duxford web site has an excellent section for visiting pilots and is essential reading prior to a visit).

The landing fee of £15.95 (DR400-140B – 1,000KG MAUW) is cheaper than many other, by comparison, rather average airfields and includes two hours entrance to the museum. This is outstanding value by any measure. There is also a choice of at least three cafes, all good, and a great gift shop. Both the ‘Concorde’ Hangar and the US Air Museum would, on their own, make this an outstanding destination, but they are simply just one part of this incredible museum.

I cannot praise this destination too much. Joining a circuit with a Catalina, Spitfires, Tiger Moths and a DH Rapide all active, plus parking alongside P51s, a DC6 and other exotic aircraft made my (non-pilot but aircraft interested) passenger simply amazed.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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23 Jul 18 - Richard Ashton

Norwich - Fantastic airfield with great GA lounge exceptionally friendly staff and reduced landing fees at weekends to encourage GA. Taxis into city centre are easy to find and all soft drinks are included in Landing fees.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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14 Jan 18 - Steve H

Always a great venue to visit , helpful and professional people and normally send a guy out to greet at aircraft parking which is a nice touch . Landing fee seems on the high side but when you realise you get 2 hours free museum visit for you and your passenger it makes for very good value . The site is kept in tip top condition . I recommend you fly in .

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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22 Jun 17 - David Daniels - Robertsbridge

Excellent airfield to visit and the museum is superb, flew in 21/6/17 from Shoreham via Stapleford [Lamborne and Brookmans VORs} for RH for 06 . Duxford very helpful info and radio. Note that landing fees are paid at the museum desk rather than tower [saves a extra walk] and include 2 hours free entry to museums.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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28 Jul 16 - Ben Butler - Darlington

There’s not one bad thing I could say about Duxford. I visited in my aircraft, tagged onto my local flying school fly away. 6 Aircraft in total visited and were all handled perfectly, and managed to get into the already busy circuit with ease. The aerodrome is the highest standard of aerodrome I have visited to date, the grass is cut and the tarmac is smooth. Parking next to the ‘Memphis Belle’ was quite surreal and was not expected when I woke up that morning. The landing fee was around £12 and that included 2 hours free in the museum which is excellent value for money! Food and drink is pricey, but I’m from the north so maybe this is standard prices down south? There are a couple of cafes onsite, sitting outside watching the vintage aircraft perform power runs and watching the resident Tiger Moths and De Havilland Dragon Rapides perform breaks overhead was the way how I liked to spend my lunch.

The museum compliments the airfield fantastically and you can easily lose yourself, as well as track of time whilst in the hangers, if you’re a plane geek like me. The museum really does take a long time to visit all the hangers so my advice to fellow pilots is to make a day of it and get in early, leave late.

The flight school group and myself loved it so much, we made the 2 hour 30-minute round trip the following week too, just to enjoy it all again, and mainly visit those hangers we missed the previous week. Any pilots visiting Duxford will not be let down by the service, nor the price. Take the family and enjoy it.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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23 Dec 15 - Ian Annett

Dropped into Duxford for a quick lunch just before Christmas. Tower could not have been more helpful with PPR brief and on arrival met by airfield ops and briefed on all facilities. Excellent information service and 2 hours free around the museum included in the reasonable landing fee. Definitely worth a return trip in 2016.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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11 Aug 15 - Sudhir Marathe - Wellingborough

Flew to Duxford on a nice calm day. Excellent A/G service. Choice of asphalt and grass runways. Grass runway to the North of asphalt runway. Good food. Tickets for 2 for Imperial War Museum up to 2 hours included in £13 landing fee is a real bargain. Very pleasant and enjoyable atmosphere with families coming to visit the museum. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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8 Mar 15 - Martin Shields

Fabulous welcome at Duxford last Friday.

As a rusty ppl, I was wondering what I might have done wrong as chap walked towards the a/c after parking... Turned out to be a personal greeting from an airfield volunteer providing useful information, advice and pointing me in the right direction for payment, museum and onward briefing.

All the staff and facilities were first rate; couldn't recommend more!

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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7 Mar 15 - Richard Colin Cornish - hemel hempstead

Flew in from North Weald easy joining.....easy everything.....landing fees very good and with 2 hours free admittance to museum worth it....."I will be back"......

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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27 Oct 14 - Neil Hathaway - St Albans

Instructor : Want to come back later and take your lesson with a flight to Duxford.

PUT (Me) : Hell Yeah !

My first landing and take off away, Duxford !

Joining the circuit downwind with 10 Microlights 2 tiger months a Rapide and a Harvard oh boy what a treat.

Landed on grass and taking off on that huge runway I must have looked like a toy aircraft taking off in the Team Eurostar.

We had to hold and wait for a seaking air sea rescue helicopter to land before we could take off.

Very friendly ATC and easy joining instructions.

With a landing fee and a meal for me and my instructor at a little over 20 quid with 2 hours museum included best day out ever.

Will do this again most definitely.

Have not stopped grinning yet !

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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12 Oct 14 - Clive Jackson - North Weald

Visited Duxford from North Weald today. Having been a friend of Duxford for some years and a regular visitor by road today I took the kids for a visit by C172.

ATC very efficient balancing the comings and goings from both the grass and hard runways.

Landing fees are payable in the shop and it is worth noting if you are a Friend of Duxford to mention this a time of phoning for PPR as you are entitled to a 20% discount making the landing fee £11.

Being a Friend of Duxford also entitles you to 20% of all purchases in the shop and food outlets. Without the discount, food, although of reasonable quality, is pricey.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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13 Jan 14 - David Russell - EGSF
Flew into Duxford today for the first time in a long while. Friendly ATC, simple joining instructions and excellent facilities. Helpful gent (mobile ATC vehicle) who provides location for your parking (visitors normally on the Eastern) and maps etc if required. landing fee of £13.95 which includes two hours access to the museum site. Pay your landing fee in the shop. Considering where you are and what you get its excellent value for money. Must pop down again later this year.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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2 Nov 13 - Jack Whaley-Baldwin - Belper, Derbyshire

Flew into Duxford on two separate occasions last month (October 2013). On both occasions, me and my father were flying down from Netherthorpe to experience the museum, not to mention it's a great sightseeing trip en-route with uncluttered airspace on the way down.

The arrival/join procedures are well thought out and easy to follow, and ATC are always willing to make things work if you're joining from an awkward spot. ATC themselves are very professional.

The runway is no doubt the smoothest I have ever landed upon; not a single bump on the runway nor the taxiways. Nice long runway too, so don't worry if you're operating heavy.

Fuel was available on site and we were greeted by the fuel man on both occasions who drove up to our aircraft and sorted everything out. Second time round a museum guide also came to our aircraft; very helpful!

The only downside is the cost of the food/drink; it's around £8-£9 for a hot meal and drink, very expensive!!! The quality of the food itself is fine.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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12 Oct 13 - Liam Sandie - Barnsley
Visited Duxford (EGSU) from Netherthorpe (EGNF)on Tuesday 1st October 2013 in G-ROLY a C172 based at Netherthorpe. Routing was fairly straightforward and was conducted VMC-on-top. We delayed our departure due to Duxford being fogged in. PPR was easy and it was very quiet on arrival, probably due to the 23kt crosswind! A bargain landing fee got both of us free access into the hangers for 2 hours. This is probably the most interesting airfield I have ever flown into. Runways were both immaculate (both grass and tarmac) and this is somewhere we will certainly be re-visiting.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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1 Sep 13 - Lee Cole - andover

Duxford. Visited yesterday under a beautiful CAVOC sky. PPR phone call on the Thursday received a very helpful response along with all the information required for a nervous 60 hrs PPL. My first visit brought a big smile as a Harvard & Dragon Rapide followed in the cct. £13.95 and 2 hrs free museum entry made the 100mile journey well worth the effort.

  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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8 Aug 13 - Tom Close - Luton
Visited Duxford on a very sunny Thursday lunchtime. I had a great experience. Looks like it has changed over the last couple of years from looking back over the older reviews. £13.95 landing fee which includes 2 hours admission to the museum. As a Pilot you can't help but have a big grin on your face when you are told 'report final behind the Spitfire' and then 'Park next to the B-17 Bomber'. Inbound Pilots be advised no dead side or overhead joins at this airfield but the ATC unit give great advice and instructions when you call for your PPR. Great day out and I'll surely be back!
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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17 Jul 13 - Dan Skoraczewski - Nottingham

Flew in on the 17/7 in a PA28. Weather was brilliant and ATC was great.

Landing fee was £14 paid at the museum shop and includes 2hrs free admission to the museum.

There were various WW2 fighters and bombers lining the taxi way as I made my way to the GA apron. A spitfire was flying around the airfield as I parked. Fuel was surprising low at £2.03 p/l, sparkling water in the museum cafe is £3.40 p/l!

Loved this place! The exhibits re brilliant especially the USA building and restoration

Part of the air space building. Bargin at £14.

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1 Apr 13 - Andy Taylor - London
Flew to Duxford in my PA28. AFIS service very friendly and helpful. Contrary to earlier reviews, the landing fee includes 2 hours museum admission for everyone on board, which represents excellent value. Landing fees are paid in the entrance/exit/gift shop building (building 2 - turn right on leaving the control tower and keep walking - it's the new looking building on the left past the restaurant). The specific counter is not marked, but just ask any of the gift shop staff and they'll point you in the right direction. You can download a map of the site with the pilot briefing available online from the Imperial War Museum web site. The museum itself is excellent and ideal for anyone with even a passing interest in aviation. Duxford is one of the few GA airfields in the UK which is a destination in its own right. We didn't sample the food, but the café in the new American building looked very nice with freshly ground coffee and snacks. I shall definitely be back.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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15 Apr 12 - roger penney - greasby, wirral.
Attended the safety day on Saturday 14th April in a pa28 161. ATC it's normal first class service, this airfield is heaven to vist for the history bit. I brought my kids here 28yrs ago and look forward to bringing my two grandsons soon now that they both have had their first flights. We paid half price landing fee for the special event, this must have been a big attraction looking at the three lines of visiting aircraft there. So a winner for the coffers. What really gets to me though is the prices charged in the cafes, over £8 for coffee beans and chips is beyond a joke, we are not in London here! Seeing families entering the museum and paying for three kids and then having to fork out those prices for food , they have my sympathies. If Haverfordwest can do a big fryup and coffee for £4.50, then I feel I am being ripped off. The museum has many people putting their own time and effort into this national gem, why do the managing committee allow the catering to spoil a good day out for kids who need to learn this important part of our history? Most people do not mind paying for a good product. I will bring my own in future. I fly in at least three times a year from Liverpool. Bring a picnic and sit on the grass!!! It's not the money, it's the principle.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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14 Jan 12 - Marc.W

Visited Duxford on a frosty Friday afternoon in a PA28 from Panshanger. Friendly ATC. Expected joining procedure was a downwind for 06, but Duxford information allowed us a straight in final approach. Very long asphalt/tarmac runway. Landing fee was a reasonable £14 and you get 2 hours free to look around the museum, one of the best aircraft collections around(from Spitfires to an SR71 Black Bird). A very enjoyable experience.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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14 Jul 10 - Dave Remnant - Denham
Flew in for the Flying Legends show on Saturday 10th July. Well organised ATC and very efficient marshalling. Minibus to and from flight line very pleasant and quick. £20 landing fee and then £36 each to see the show was somewhat of a shock and not overly GA friendly but the fine weather and wonderful displays soon allowed us to forget the damage done to the credit card! Hadn't seen the Flying Legends for last 5 years and at these prices it will probably another 5 before I do again.
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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5 Jul 10 - Ken Buchanan - London
I share other pilots dissatisfaction at the lack of a combined landing fee and museum entrance. Especially since, being a Monday, none of the outside airliners were open to visit. Friendly AFIS, though they closed the field, presumably for lunch, the moment we landed. It's probably worth trying to be as accurate as possible with your ETA when you PPR.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
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18 Apr 10 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Took a trip Sat 17th April to Duxford CCA Bonus Day, thanks to the Icelantic Volcano issue the skys were really quite and we have a pleasent trip from Fairoaks via Brookands Park and Barkway VORs to the event, Once we drop Farnbrough Nth we went to Duxford Information, thats whe the fun started, they had load of aircraft arriving what appeared to be the same time, and the FISO was getting very frustrated because some arriving A/C were not using the correct RT procedures and holding proceeding up. we managed to join down wind and opted for the grass RW. Once landed all was very well organised, parking, fuelling and signing in. However 'The Mess' was very busy with 20min waiting time for a coffee, not to mention the extortinate prices. A good event and worth a visit, but be prepared for chaos on a grand scale. Well done to the FISO for getting every on down and airborne safely,
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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14 Mar 10 - Shaun Cockburn - stanford le-hope
I have mixed feelings of Duxford. I had an unfortunate radio failure whilst in the area and had to land there. After a very angry chewing out from the airfield manager, his tone changed when he realised my plight, and was in turn extremely helpful along with the other staff. A good day!.

Conversly, myself and a number of other freinds that fly similar type aircraft decided to attend one of the airshow days.

We were almost left cattatonic when we was presented with the combined entry-landing fee's (£42 for single pilot, £62 for pilot and passenger). The show was good, but the show at southend on sea is good "and free". Another occasion, and sadly this was the final decider, was when the same bunch of pilot owners chose this destination for a flyout meeting. As we were all flying the same type aircraft, one of our number discussed this with a member of the airfield management and suggested that this might be be of public interest, and asked about a small concession with the landing fee's.

This had apparently been agreed. But on arrival, it seemed that the deal was off because we had all departed from different airfields.

We all agreed that day that Duxford was never to be for us again.

As a footnote. Another pilot owner of the same type was based at this airfield. He had such a bad show of uncooperation from the people there, that he very nearly had to sell his aircraft. He has since moved to another airfield and has gladly been able to keep his pride and joy

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • Standard of runway: 4
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 1
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 3
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9 Mar 10 - David Houliston - Southbourne, West Sussex
I flew up there from Stapleford on Saturday. ATC was excellent – apart from that I wished I hadn’t landed there!

At the gate underneath the control tower there is a notice that landing fees should be paid at “the admissions building behind the coffee shop”). Looking around there was nothing answering to the name or description of “coffee shop”. Straight ahead was a cafe but when I ventured to look behind it there was no “admissions” building. Ok – so they meant the main entrance behind the restaurant (why then not say so?). A long walk. The lady at the ticket desk was not particularly friendly or helpful. It took ages to get my aircraft information from the control tower. Apparently I was allowed an hour on site before having to pay the very steep (£16.50) museum admission fee. (Children are free – seems most visitors had sussed this out and the ratio of adults to kids is at least 1 to 4). By the time I had finished with her much of that hour had already been taken up. I asked if the cafe near the control tower had food. Yes she said but after the long walk there I discovered it was closed “until April” and I had to return to the restaurant.

The hot food was expensive and the alternatives looked dreadful. The burly loud mouth cashier made sure that everyone else in the place knew exactly what I was buying and how much.

Really I feel that considering that your aircraft will be one of the very few which are actually flying and so providing free entertainment (“look daddy – an aeroplane!”) museum entrance should free for visiting pilots and their passengers. As it is I don’t see how the one hour rule could realistically be enforced. I’d recommend making a bee line for the main hanger as soon as paying your landing fee and taking your time before eating the packed lunch you brought with you in the “Picnic Room”.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 1
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17 Jul 09 - Craig Miller - Shoreham-by-Sea
We flew up to Duxford from Shoreham yesterday. Duxford is a great place to visit with a great museum and is well worth a visit if you are nearby. Also flying into the museum is a much better way of getting there than driving!
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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23 May 09 - Kevin Lewis - Royston
I am lucky enough to fly from Duxford, its a really fantastic place, ATC are really friendly, as are other staff around the airfield, many of the ATC staff are PPL's themselves and are really keen on GA. There must have been 50+ light aircraft there today, and Duxford coped admirably. There is always something happening. The circuit is quite noise sensitive, but as long as you don't fly over any villages you should be fine. The word 'Museum' does not do this place justice, this is a living working piece of history. Everyone should visit Duxford
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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16 Feb 09 - Sean McMurran - daventry
We visited Duxford today and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. ATC were very helpful and joining procedures very straight forward, also plenty of parking to suit your requirements.

It is possible to just pay your landing fee without visiting the museums and they do give you approx an hour to have a wander round and see what you can within that timescale. This is great if you are just wanting a quick flight over for a cuppa. Considering the recent snow and waterlogged fields Duxford hasn't suffered in the slightest from this and gives you the choice of a tarmac or grass runway, both in very good state of repair. Will definately return, probably in the Summer to make good use of the day pass as they do tend to shut a little earlier during Winter months which can make the visit a little rushed.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 5
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 3
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
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27 Aug 08 - Keith Parker - Surrey
Took at trip to Duxford last Friday from Fairoaks, for a look around thier excellent museum and the added bonus of a Americal Airforce day. ATC were very helpful and we both had a great day out. We chose to fly between Stansted and Luton zones as they suggest on their web site, which was straight forward, considering the congested airspace in this part of the UK, a big thanks to Farnbrough LARS who provided us with coverage as well. A great place to visit with the added bonus of the IWM. A must for all plane lovers.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 4
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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21 Sep 07 - Kev Cruiks - EGMC
I flew in with my two sons on Saturday 15th Sept, first time I had taken them flying together since passing my PPL. Have to admit to being a little nervous navigating around the Stansted CTA but once reported to Duxford all was very smooth and made a great landing. A land rover picked us all up from the grass parking area and took us over to the Museum where we had a superb afternoon. If you havent been for a while the new exhibition hall is fantastic especially for kids, lots of buttons to press etc. HIGHLY Recommended for kids of all ages !
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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6 Sep 07 - Steve Kirk - Hook, Hants fly from Blackbushe
My wife and I flew into Duxford on Sunday 3rd September. Very friendly and helpful AFIS both during phoning for PPR and also when approaching and leaving the circuit. Nice 'shiny' new runway surface but quite a trek to turn off - note to self remember to land long next time! We did have a bit of fun trying to find our way from airside as we were parked right up by AirSpace and one's wife wasn't prepared to hop overthe fencing!!!! - might suggest a few signs pointing the way wouldn't go amiss. The museum as always is well worth the visit and well woth the cost - sadly can't say the same for the catering. I hope that a proportion goes towards museum and airfield upkeep.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 2
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9 Aug 07 - Fillipo Barchetta - Milan
Went with Alberto, Antonio, Ralphetto and Ronnie (e cane nero) there was nothing to tell me THAT you need prior permissio for the dog, the Tower very simpatico and allow us to keep the dog on condition a lead is worn at all times but Ralphetto objected to wearing the lead so we put on the dog! at least 6 stewards asked why we had dog .. he is an American Spaniel and very interested in U.S.A.F. planes we explained to differing opionions. worth a visit but better you dont take Dog!
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 1
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 3
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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15 Jul 07 - Paul Gandy - Heathfield
Took advantage of a "bonus fly in day" at Duxford, this time it was tailwheels and Robins but they hold other promotions on a regular basis. The bonus bit is half price landing fee and museum entry. As usual the tower were very helpful and the grass runway superb and where else would you be parked next to a WW" bomber! If you haven't been before it is important to study the circuit plan and no fly areas and work out your way in as there is plenty of restricted airspace and sensitive villages in the area. Well worht a visit bu allow plent of time for themuseum.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 4
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3 Jun 07 - David Jackson - High Wycombe
I visited Duxford twice last year and I agree with most of what I have read from other reviewers. If you are in any sort of hurry I suggest you just enjoy your time there, inclujding the cushy lounge in the control tower, and then send them a cheque for your landing fee. The alternative is a half a mile walk where you join a queue to fiannly be interogated about the length of time you have been at the airfield. Excellent runway, friendly ATC and easy to spot from miles away.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 2
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 4
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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30 May 07 - Mark Edgeworth - Saffron Walden, Essex
As a pilot based at Duxford, I have to declare a vested interest here. However, there are a couple of things that might be of additional interest...

The flight briefing facilities are there in the First floor of the control tower (use the stairs on the outside). There you can find prints of local NOTAMS and weather, along with the Flying Orders book and a map. Walk up another floor and say hello to the control tower guys who will be pleased to see you. They have access to a phone and a computer - all you need :-)

The airfield is often closed around lunchtime (FISO lunchtime). Check the NOTAMs or give them a call.

I believe there is a free bus into Cambridge (around 10 miles) to and from, if you choose to stop over.

Finally, do check for displays as they can make or break your visit. NOTAMs again.

  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 5
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 5
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30 May 07 - Richard Maxted - Sherburn
The problem with Duxford is where to start. Ok - the landing fee on its own is not extravagent but combined with the entry makes this a day out trip rather then a pop in for a tea type job. That said once you get there the facilities are fairly good. Have had hot food served cold but also served food done rather well and there are lots of facilities. The runways are no less than perfect really and the tower staff are very good. Efficient without being officious, which is really welcoming. I have never seen any briefing facilities but ther must be some. The shop staff who take the money are friendly enough but so slow, that whole side can be a real drag. Get fuel as soon as you land, it speeds things up no end.
  • Quality and value of food / drink: 3
  • Standard of runway: 5
  • Landing fee / handling charges: 2
  • ATC / AFIS / A/G service: 4
  • Friendliness of welcome: 4
  • GA pilot briefing facilities: 1
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3 May 07 - Paul Rose - Shrivenham, Oxon.
Flew into Duxford from Gloucester on May 1st.

Landing fee was £14 and we were each charged a £14.95 entry fee on top, but when you see the exhibits, and watch some of the painstaking restoration and maintenance work that goes on there, you'd have to be pretty mean to begrudge them a few quid. Best thing is that you can get right in amongst the exhibits, standing under the open bomb doors of the Vulcan was quite an experience!

Food in the Runway Restaurant was very good, as were the facilities in general, and the arrival and departure procedures were straightforward.

To sum up, I can safely say that Duxford is a `must see' for anyone remotely interested in aircraft and/or military vehicles although I reckon it would get very busy on a sunny weekend.

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31 Jan 05 - Ashley Gamon
I visited duxford a few weeks back, got a bit lost on the way but spotted the hangars later on. I wasn't told to pay the landing fee in the visitor centre so got a bit lost after finding the 'C'. The controller was quite friendly and had to hurry around museum as you really need a full day or two there!!!!
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3 May 04 - Aviatrix Aviatrix - Hatfield Aerodrome
Thanks "GroundedPilot". You are 100% correct. Apologies. I understand that it is possible to pay just the landing fee £14, without paying the museum entry, if you are just staying for 1-2 hours. Can you confirm the time limit?

I have found that by walking over to the superhangar to pay landing fees and waiting an abominable time in the queue to pay, it eats up all your time, so there is barely enough opportunity to have a snack. It has certainly added an enormous damper to the fun of going there.

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30 Apr 04 - GroundedPilot
Correction to ' Aviatrix - Epping' last entry, sorry, but there hasn't been any new restaurant facilities opening at Duxford. From 1 April 2004 the new "Visitor Centre" was opened. The Visitor Centre is in the 1960's ex-armoury block, which also houses the Coffee Shop and is located between Hangar 2 and Hangar 1 at the Eastern end of the airfield. The Visitor Centre is where you now pay your landing fees and museum admission. Flight planning facilities are available in the Briefing Room on the first floor of the control tower - south side. Finally, the Coffee Shop sells soup, cold snacks, hot and cold drinks. Cafe Duxford (in the AAM), only sells cold snacks, hot and cold drinks. For hot food, cold snacks, hot and cold drinks go to the Runway Restaurant located between Hangars 3 and 4 in the centre of the airfield.
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1 Apr 04 - Aviatrix Aviatrix - Hatfield Aerodrome
For the record, Duxford has a new restaurant as of Tues 30 March 2004. I have not tried it yet, though. It also has a new airfield manager.
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11 Feb 04 - Gavin Eldridge - Leicester
Duxford makes you proud to be British. Well worth the extra costs to get into the museum, which you will not get around in one day. Especially worth a visit on a display day.
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3 Jan 04 - Ross Fenton - Hatfield
I flew into Duxford the weekend after Xmas. Flying from the south I was looking for the large hangers and nearly went past as the hangers I saw were at Cambridge Airport. I wanted to arrive around 10am, but there is no-one answers the phone before 10am. So If you wamt an early arrival, I suggest you phone the previous day for PPR. The controller was friendly. Landing fees are now payed at the museums admission office. It was £10, I believe museum entry is extra and optional, as the attendent asked if I wanted to see the museum as well. I was disappointed in the resturant as it did not seem to do warm snacks. Amusingly my high visibility led a few visitors to asume I was staff and I had to field off quite a few questions.
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7 Aug 03 - Aviatrix Aviatrix - Hatfield Aerodrome
Duxford is home to the Imperial War Museum and houses the finest collection of flying and static warbirds in Europe, if not the world.

The landing fee is slightly above average because it does include the entrance to this enormous museum.

It has several airshows each year, of which, Flying Legends in July is the finest warbird airshow in the world.
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