Spitfire Finalé To Ultimate History Lesson!

A group of Year 9 students left the classroom and stepped back in time to participate in the ultimate History lesson.

Destination for the day was the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, home to an impressive array of aircraft and military vehicles dating back to the Great War of 1914-18.

During their visit, the 88 students were given the task of completing a series of worksheets relating to the various displays found at the Cambridgeshire airfield.

Starring in the Battle of Britain section were the iconic World War II Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane fighters, while the Boeing B-17 `Flying Fortress' and P-51 `Mustang' were among the exhibits at the site's amazing American Air Museum.

Duxford is also home to several jet aircraft, students finding a Gloster Meteor, English Electric Lightning and Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird among those on display.

The party also enjoyed the Land Warfare Exhibition where tanks, armoured cars and armaments, set up in mock battle scenes, virtually brought warfare to life.

A fantastic day was crowned when, as the students prepared to board the coaches home, a Spitfire took off and circled the airfield before conducting a breath-taking fly-past.

History lessons don't get better than that!

For the full story and more photographs see the next edition of HLS Express.

Below: Students admire the Boeing B-17 `Flying Fortress' , the only airworthy example in Europe, during their visit to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.