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Historic airfield marks 90 years

Spitfire
RAF Duxford was the first RAF station to house the Spitfire

The first military airfield to house the Spitfire has marked 90 years.

RAF Duxford has been part of the Imperial War Museum since the 1970s, but its history dates to World War I.

In World War II it became the first RAF station to house the Spitfire, as well as some of the conflict's famous pilots including Douglas Bader.

To mark the anniversary, visitors to the site near Cambridge have had the chance to meet former fliers and ground crew to explore the base's history.

The events coincide with the 90th anniversary of the RAF, which was formed when the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged on 1 April 1918.


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