The Duke of Kent opens the American Air Museum at IWM Duxford
Published 17 March 2016
The Duke of Kent has reopened the Imperial War Museum's American Air Museum at Duxford following a regeneration project.
The American Air Museum explores Anglo-American collaboration in twentieth and twenty-first century conflict, and exhibits a large collection of American aircraft.
The Duke, who has been President of the Board of Trustees for Imperial War Museums since 1974, began the visit by unveiling a statue and watching a flypast of American aircraft.
The statue, called The Honor Guard, by Zenos Frudakis, is a replica of the sculpture which stands at the National Air Force Memorial in Washington DC, and shows four bronze figures, two bearing flags, two bearing weapons.
The Duke then watched a celebratory fly past which included a Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker and a McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, followed by a P-51 Mustang flight display.
Diane Lees, Director-General of IWM, said: "Today is a hugely significant day for all of us at IWM Duxford – and we are privileged that His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent officially opened our transformed American Air Museum, witnessed by so many of those who have contributed to it. I would like to thank Ross Perot, Jr. and his wife Sarah for the Honor Guard sculpture, which is a truly magnificent sight for all who work and visit here."
You can find out more about the American Air Museum at www.americanairmuseum.com.