Located in the spectacular Air Space Gallery, Airborne Assault, Museum of the Parachute Regiment tells the story of men who go to war from the air. Using weapons, equipment, medals, uniforms, and multi-media techniques it celebrates the heritage of today’s airborne soldiers. The full history of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces is dramatically depicted, from inception by Churchill in 1940, through actions in Africa, Sicily, Suez, Borneo, the Falklands, Iraq, to present day operations in Afghanistan.
Highlights include: original Second World War briefing models from Normandy, Pegasus Bridge, Rhine Crossing and Bruneval; a Horsa glider nose cone; heavy drop equipment; and Bing the Paradog, who dropped in Operation Varsity, 1945. The new conservation-standard Archive, with full facilities for historians and researchers, is also housed separately on the Duxford site. ParaData, the definitive digital database of men, units, operations, campaigns, photographs, film and memorabilia of Airborne Forces is accessible through touch screens at the museum and online through the internet.
Entry to The Imp[erial War Museum, Duxford includes entry to the Museum of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces. Full tariff at www.iwm.org.uk. Concessions available to groups of cadets, serving soldiers and PRA members by prior appointment with Curator. Details on website and through curator.
Parachute Regiment, Airborne Forces, Glider Pilot Regiment, No 2 Commando, 11 SAS.