1917 Vickers Vimy arrives at Imperial War Museum Duxford

By Culture24 Staff | 01 May 2009
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a photo of a vintage biplane banking above fields

Picture courtesy Christian Pratt

Visitors to Imperial War Museum Duxford witnessed an exciting aviation moment on Thursday (April 30 2009) when the Spirit of Brooklands, a replica of the 1917 Vickers Vimy, flew in from Oxford, staging a short aerial display before landing.

A British heavy bomber developed during the First World War, the Vimy was both a successful military and civilian aircraft, flying into the history books on excursions to Capetown, Australia and across the Atlantic (piloted by Alcock and Brown) in 1919.

a photo of a vintage biplane banking above fields

Picture courtesy Christian Pratt

The replica Vickers Vimy has replicated all three historic flights, but it is likely that the flight to Duxford will be one of its last.

It will be on display at Imperial War Museum Duxford during summer 2009, before going on permanent static display at Brooklands Museum, Surrey.

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