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UK Day 7
Today's Travels

Had a nice long breakfast and then headed down to Duxford Air Museum to look at planes. Again.

It has changed quite a lot since our last visit 7 years ago. There is a new Hangar 1 which houses the cream of British Aerospace Technology. Concorde, TSR2, Blue Streak, a Harrier, Comet 4, and all sorts of planes from de Haviland, Avro, BAE, and other such companies.

The Battle Of Britain hangar has been re-vamped with more information boards (I discovered the filming of Battle Of Britain caused more damage to Duxford than the Luftwaffe ever did) and there is a recreation of the War Room as it stood in 1940. They have also erected a pre-fab bungalow that was used for emergency housing during the war.

The problem with having all the planes in hangars is that you can't get a good photo of one. But it means the old things will last longer.

I got to touch the SR71. (squee!)

Lunch was has at Wing Co. Joe's Tea Room. I had a chicken & ham pie. And tea. It was yummy.

And so after 5 hours we headed off home, diverting to visit Houghton Mill.. There has been a mill on this site since 970. THe current building was built in 1750, to replace the 1650s mill which burned. By the late 1700s the mill had 7 stones grinding and produced 1 ton of flour per hour.

Now they run the stones at 1/4 speed to reduce wear on the building. The building shakes when the stones run at full speed.

I took some photos of a narrow boat going through a lock, was nearly run down by mad cyclists, and watched a cabin cruiser almost make expensive noises when it tried to enter the lock sideways.

And so to Offord Darcy. Fish & Chips for dinner. mmmm.
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SR71! DAMM YO!! Thats the best, ever.

I'll go back to KSP now to drown my sorrows.

You should visit Washington, DC and the Air and Space Museum annex. They have a Blackbird, a Concorde, the Gossamer Albatross, the Enola Gay, and a model of the mothership from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Plus other goodies. And they'll be getting another Space Shuttle this week.

The main museum is pretty cool too...

One day I will get to the US.

Let me know if you do. I can't put you up, but I can show you where they keep the model of the Enterprise from the original series.

TSR.2 - what could have been...

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