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Airborne Assault is the Regimental Museum of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces and tells the stories of the soldiers who go to war from the air.

The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces played a central role in some of the most dramatic and heroic battles of the Second World War, including the Bruneval Raid, Normandy and the legendary operation to secure the bridge at Arnhem.

Airborne Assault traces the history of the Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces from its inception to the present day, including operations in Afghanistan. Providing an insight into how today’s highly trained paratroopers are at the heart of 16 Air Assault Brigade, the Army’s rapid response force.

The story is told using imaginative displays of uniform and equipment from medals, weapons and even one of many ‘ParaDogs’ that were dropped into the battlefield all with historical and contemporary film footage and original sound recordings

Airborne Assault is situated within the Airspace Hanger of the Imperial War Museum Duxford. For groups of 10 or more, PRA/Servicemen are entitled to free entry with smaller groups being offered a “two for one” offer. To make a booking and for full details please contact the Curatorial Team for these and other offers.

Duxford is Europe's premier aviation museum - as well as having one of the finest collections of tanks, military vehicles and naval exhibits in the country. The site is over a mile long and contains exhibits of the Battle of Britain, Land Warfare as well as Duxfords wartime role as a fighter station. In addition, there are two restaurants on site and a gift shop for the Imperial War Museum.

Open every day from 10am, including Bank Holidays

Opening times for the Winter are:

October to March:
10am - 4pm
Last admission 3pm

Opening times for the Summer are:

March to October:
10am - 6pm
Last admission 5pm

We are closed 24, 25 and 26 December.

The archives of The Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces are also stored on site.  If you have an historial enquiry, please initially check our helpful hints section.

Curatorial staff can be contacted at:

by Jon Baker

Latest comments

Donna Thomas said:

Over 2 years trying to find my Uncle Douglas Cheeseman who was killed in World War II. Thank you to Airborne Assault ParaData.

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Kevin Arnold said:

Visited Duxford yesterday and was very impressed with the layout and detail of the museum, many thanks to the curator and staff for setting up what is a wonderful museum and tribute to our Airborne forces

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Colin Mitchell said:

I visited the museum yesterday (09/07/2016) at Duxford, brilliant and met two gentlemen who where more than happy to help. I will definitely be joining the Arnhem 1944 fellowship. It's nice to laugh and joke with people who treat you as an equal even though you're in a wheelchair. Best Wishes and thank you both.

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