The Royal Air Force Museum, London

The Royal Air Force Museum, London Our purpose is to tell the story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections.
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This year we are celebrating the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Lancaster. Our virtual Lancaster Challenge ...
23/04/2021

This year we are celebrating the 80th anniversary of the first flight of the Lancaster. Our virtual Lancaster Challenge event has seen more than 5,000 participants from around the world using the Challenge as motivation to keep moving during lockdown, to show support for the RAF Museum and to learn more about the Lancaster through our ‘Legacy of the Lancaster’ talk.

With less than a month to go until the Challenge closes on 17 May, the anniversary of the Lancaster’s famous Operation Chastise, better known as the Dambusters Raid, we are taking a look back at not one, not two, but three Lancaster 360 images we have shared over the last year.

Today we are taking you onboard the Avro Lancaster 1 on display in Hangar 5 at the RAF Museum London, with three 360 images for you to explore. Look around the cockpit, rear turret and Bomb Aimer positions.

The Avro Lancaster was arguably the most famous, and certainly the most successful heavy bomber operated by the RAF during the Second World War. It’s impressive performance and excellent flying characteristics soon established its superiority over its rivals. Lancaster’s not only made a major contribution to Bomber Command’s night offensive on Germany, it also assisted in turning the tide of the great land battles of 1944 during tactical daylight operations in the Caen region.

If you missed the ‘Legacy of the Lancaster’ talk when it first aired, you can now view it on our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fbdy7_Du1o

If you’re taking part in the Lancaster Challenge, why not join the RAF Museum Virtual Running Group page and hear some of the incredible stories our participants are sharing about their connections to the Lancaster, as they work towards their 80K, 150K and 500K target. https://www.facebook.com/groups/RAFMVirtualRunning

You can learn more about the Lancaster, and other aircraft within our collection on our website www.rafmuseum.org.

Did you know that many of our aircraft have a 'first aid' compartment? They are used for emergencies in case the aircraf...
22/04/2021

Did you know that many of our aircraft have a 'first aid' compartment? They are used for emergencies in case the aircraft has to make an emergency landing and the pilot or crew are injured.

What is in these, I hear you ask. Well, during one of their inspections of the aircraft in the Museum, volunteers Tim Bracey and his colleagues unlocked the panel on our Hawker Tempest TT5.

As part of an annual check, they regularly open panels to check for corrosion and other conservation issues. The panels and hinges are often difficult to open as the screws, fasteners etc can be seized up. But luckily for the volunteers, the Tempest's first aid panel was easy.

Not expecting to find anything, they were surprised to find a small canvas bag inside, attached to the rear of the panel. The kit inside was in perfect condition. The date of the bandages was 1956 and still ready to use. As the #Hawker #Tempest TT5 last flew in 1955, it is probably that it was added later, possibly when the Tempest was being refurbished in 1968. Someone may have found the first aid kit and decided to add it to the aircraft.

Within the bag was an assortment of first aid items – medicines, bandages, burns dressings and scissors in waxed paper, along with a sheet containing details of the contents, their purpose and directions for their use. The panel also gave access to the Tempest’s radio equipment and a view into the rear fuselage.

Tim then went to proceed and look at some German #WW2 aircraft and identified several first aid panels. Have a look at the photographs our amazing volunteers have made of our aircraft.

The #Museum is very empty without you. We cannot wait to welcome you back next month so you can see our aircraft for yourself.

The inaugural Forces in STEM event will take place at the RAF Museum Cosford on 29 September 2021, in partnership with R...
22/04/2021
Forces in STEM | Schools and colleges | Cosford | RAF Museum

The inaugural Forces in STEM event will take place at the RAF Museum Cosford on 29 September 2021, in partnership with Royal Air Force Youth Engagement Team and supported by Learn by Design.

This interactive day of all things STEM will feature companies and institutions that are innovating, researching, and manufacturing across the STEM spectrum. Exhibitors include Leonardo, Raytheon, Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, Meggitt, Thales and many more!

Ahead of the event in September, we will be sharing online STEM challenges every fortnight, provided by one of our Forces in STEM exhibitors, for students to complete either at school or at home. These challenges will include an introductory video, an accompanying resource/activity sheet, and finally a solution video.

#ForcesInSTEM - CHALLENGE 1:

Our first STEM challenge provided by Meggitt is now live on our website. Try your hand at building a rocket and achieving lift off! Propel yourselves over to our Forces in STEM page on our website to find out more! https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/schools-and-colleges/forces-in-stem/

Don’t forget to share your challenge progress with us! #ForcesInSTEM

Forces in STEM activities and event is aimed at students in Years 5 & 6 and Years 7 & 8. Visit our website for more info.

Forces in STEM event at RAF Museum Cosford

We have really missed our regular Little Swifts sessions (for children aged 2-5 years) so we thought we’d share a new Li...
20/04/2021

We have really missed our regular Little Swifts sessions (for children aged 2-5 years) so we thought we’d share a new Little Swifts song and story time video with you. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6sq8y3BR_8

We have really missed our regular Little Swifts sessions (for children aged 2-5 years) so we thought we’d share a new Little Swifts song and story time video with you. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6sq8y3BR_8

The RAF Museum in partnership with Northrop Grumman in the UK is on the lookout for Britain’s brightest STEM students to...
19/04/2021

The RAF Museum in partnership with Northrop Grumman in the UK is on the lookout for Britain’s brightest STEM students to take part in an exciting new competition to be launched in May, for Year 9 Students.

Each school team will compete against others in a series of STEM challenges posted online, with the chance to win a two-day residential experience at RAF Cosford later this year.

The new STAAR programme will consist of six STEM challenges that will be released over a number of weeks, with each challenge aligned to the national curriculum to form an overall mission.

Students will be part of an elite team called upon to monitor earthquakes and volcanoes, provide aid to citizens, assess the damage to national communications, transport and power and help the elected Government of a UK ally to maintain civil control of the country after a series of natural disasters.

For more info and to sign up your STEM STAARs for this thrilling opportunity please visit https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/whats-going-on/news/search-for-uks-brightest-stem-students/

#RAF #RoyalAirForce #STEM #STAAR #NorthropGrumman #RAFM #RoyalAirForceMuseum #Schools #SchoolsCompetition #TabletAcademy

The RAF Museum in partnership with Northrop Grumman in the UK is on the lookout for Britain’s brightest STEM students to take part in an exciting new competition to be launched in May, for Year 9 Students.

Each school team will compete against others in a series of STEM challenges posted online, with the chance to win a two-day residential experience at RAF Cosford later this year.

The new STAAR programme will consist of six STEM challenges that will be released over a number of weeks, with each challenge aligned to the national curriculum to form an overall mission.

Students will be part of an elite team called upon to monitor earthquakes and volcanoes, provide aid to citizens, assess the damage to national communications, transport and power and help the elected Government of a UK ally to maintain civil control of the country after a series of natural disasters.

For more info and to sign up your STEM STAARs for this thrilling opportunity please visit https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/whats-going-on/news/search-for-uks-brightest-stem-students/

#RAF #RoyalAirForce #STEM #STAAR #NorthropGrumman #RAFM #RoyalAirForceMuseum #Schools #SchoolsCompetition #TabletAcademy

Although our doors are currently closed you can still join us online at 6pm this Thursday for a fascinating free talk  b...
19/04/2021

Although our doors are currently closed you can still join us online at 6pm this Thursday for a fascinating free talk by KS Nair on 'The Indian Air Force in the Second World War' For further info, and to book your free place please visit: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/virtual-lecture-the-indian-air-force-in-the-secon/

Although our doors are currently closed you can still join us online at 6pm this Thursday for a fascinating free talk by KS Nair on 'The Indian Air Force in the Second World War' For further info, and to book your free place please visit: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/virtual-lecture-the-indian-air-force-in-the-secon/

09/04/2021
A statement from our CEO on the passing of our Royal Patron, His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh earlier today.

A statement from our CEO on the passing of our Royal Patron, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh:

It is with great sadness that we learn of the news of the passing of our Royal Patron, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness has been a passionate supporter of the Royal Air Force Museum since its inception in the late 1960s, assisting with our development and visiting us a number of times over the years in both an official and unofficial capacity. Privately HRH was always interested the Museum’s progress and he was a staunch advocate for the Museum publicly, particularly when we needed support for our major projects.

As a Marshal of the Royal Air Force, His Royal Highness guided us with his knowledge, experience and expertise.

Our sadness at this time is shared by people across the globe, as we remember with affection and gratitude the service given by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

If you would like to send a message of condolence to The Royal Family , Buckingham Palace have set up an electronic Book of Condolence at https://www.royal.uk/condolence

Although our doors are currently closed you can still join us online at 6pm today for a fascinating free talk on 'Taming...
08/04/2021

Although our doors are currently closed you can still join us online at 6pm today for a fascinating free talk on 'Taming Eagles: Disarming the Luftwaffe, 1945-1948' by Chris Rogers. For further info, please visit: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/virtual-lecture-disarming-the-luftwaffe/

Although our doors are currently closed you can still join us online at 6pm today for a fascinating free talk on 'Taming Eagles: Disarming the Luftwaffe, 1945-1948' by Chris Rogers. For further info, please visit: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/virtual-lecture-disarming-the-luftwaffe/

#ThrowbackThursday to 2005 when actor Colin Salmon, best known for roles in James Bond, Dr. Who and Alien Vs Predator, v...
08/04/2021

#ThrowbackThursday to 2005 when actor Colin Salmon, best known for roles in James Bond, Dr. Who and Alien Vs Predator, visited the RAF Museum London for a photoshoot.

Keep a look out each week as we share more #RAFMuseumMemories from both Cosford and London.

#TBT #TT #JamesBond #DrWho #Actor #ActorsLife #RAFMuseum

#ThrowbackThursday to 2005 when actor Colin Salmon, best known for roles in James Bond, Dr. Who and Alien Vs Predator, visited the RAF Museum London for a photoshoot.

Keep a look out each week as we share more #RAFMuseumMemories from both Cosford and London.

#TBT #TT #JamesBond #DrWho #Actor #ActorsLife #RAFMuseum

It’s no secret that the RAF developed their own distinctive language, those who have served will speak it fluently, but ...
06/04/2021

It’s no secret that the RAF developed their own distinctive language, those who have served will speak it fluently, but how well do you know your RAF Slang? Our weekly guide to understanding #RAFSlang and terminology will help you discover the meaning behind some of the phrases used frequently by the RAF throughout two World Wars, and even to the present day. This week it’s Queen Bee. The de Havilland DH.82 Queen Bee, was an unmanned radio-controlled target drone, derived from the wooden fuselage of the DH.60 Gipsy Moth and the wings of the Tiger Moth II.

It’s no secret that the RAF developed their own distinctive language, those who have served will speak it fluently, but how well do you know your RAF Slang? Our weekly guide to understanding #RAFSlang and terminology will help you discover the meaning behind some of the phrases used frequently by the RAF throughout two World Wars, and even to the present day. This week it’s Queen Bee. The de Havilland DH.82 Queen Bee, was an unmanned radio-controlled target drone, derived from the wooden fuselage of the DH.60 Gipsy Moth and the wings of the Tiger Moth II.

Flying Officer Bunny's guests will be dropping in soon but we would like them to do so the safest way possible.Can you h...
05/04/2021
Flying Officer Bunny's Parachute Challenge.

Flying Officer Bunny's guests will be dropping in soon but we would like them to do so the safest way possible.

Can you help Flying Officer Bunny by designing and colouring in an amazing parachute that they could use? Show your design by using #RAFMBunny. https://youtu.be/mkSOtFALpZY

Flying Officer Bunny's guests will be dropping in soon, but we would like them to do so the safest way possible.Can you help Flying Officer Bunny by designin...

Good morning and Hoppy Easter!  We hope that you haven't eaten all your Easter Eggs yet as  Flying Officer Bunny has del...
04/04/2021
Flying Officer Bunny's Easter Eggroplane Challenge

Good morning and Hoppy Easter! We hope that you haven't eaten all your Easter Eggs yet as Flying Officer Bunny has delicious recipe for chocolate hareoplanes located at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khljXQj71oY All you'll need is some icing sugar and your imagination #RAFMBunny

Can you follow Flying Officer Bunny's delicious recipe for chocolate hareoplanes located at https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/family-...

In the latest of our occasional series of blogs and stories commemorating and celebrating the centenary of the foundatio...
03/04/2021

In the latest of our occasional series of blogs and stories commemorating and celebrating the centenary of the foundation of Royal Australian Air Force, Curator Peter Devitt interviews journalist Louise Williams about her uncle Squadron Leader John ‘Willy’ Williams DFC. He was one of seventy-six POWs who tunnelled their way out of Stalag Luft III in what later became famous as the Great Escape, becoming, in the process ,an Aussie Great Escaper https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/blog/an-aussie-great-escaper/

In the latest of our occasional series of blogs and stories commemorating and celebrating the centenary of the foundation of Royal Australian Air Force, Curator Peter Devitt interviews journalist Louise Williams about her uncle Squadron Leader John ‘Willy’ Williams DFC. He was one of seventy-six POWs who tunnelled their way out of Stalag Luft III in what later became famous as the Great Escape, becoming, in the process ,an Aussie Great Escaper https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/blog/an-aussie-great-escaper/

Exactly one year ago today we shared our first 360 cockpit photo with you, the TSR2 on display in the Test Flight hangar...
02/04/2021

Exactly one year ago today we shared our first 360 cockpit photo with you, the TSR2 on display in the Test Flight hangar at Cosford.

Since then, we have taken you on a journey through our aircraft collection at both RAF Museum London and Cosford, giving you inside access to everything from Spitfires to V Bombers, and everything else in between.

For everyone who missed the TSR2 photo first time round, or followers who have recently discovered us, here’s another peek inside the TSR2 front cockpit.

Although never developed beyond the prototype stage, the British Aircraft Corporation TSR2 was one of the most exciting and controversial British combat aircraft designs of the 1960s. The cancellation of the project is a subject of great debate to this day.

You can learn more about the TSR2, and other aircraft within our collection on our website www.rafmuseum.org.

https://www.facebook.com/rafmuseumcosford/photos/10156823468486533

In our mission to bring the RAF Museum collection to everyone at home, we will be sharing a series of 360 images over the coming weeks, giving you inside access to our iconic aircraft at both London and Cosford.

Today we start our new 360 series with the British Aircraft Corporation TSR2 on display in the Test Flight hangar at Cosford.

Although never developed beyond the prototype stage, the TSR2 was one of the most exciting and controversial British combat aircraft designs of the 1960s. The cancellation of the project is a subject of great debate to this day.

You can learn more about the TSR2, including a podcast and full aircraft history on our website: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/collections/british-aircraft-corporation-tsr-2/

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Grahame Park Way
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The Royal Air Force Museum, London is a 7 minute walk from Colindale Tube Station. There is a regular bus service from directly in front of the Station, which drops you off right outside of the Museum. To do this, take the 303 heading to Edgware.

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Our Purpose and Vision

Our purpose is to share the story of the Royal Air Force, past, present and future – using the stories of its people and our collections in order to engage, inspire and encourage learning.

The Royal Air Force has shaped our nation and our society. It has influenced how we live our lives today through its impact on world events, society and technology.

The Royal Air Force Museum was established as a legacy of the RAF’s fiftieth anniversary, opening our London (Hendon) site in 1972. From 1979, the Museum also managed the Cosford Aerospace Museum for the MOD, which had also been in operation since 1972. This was renamed the RAF Museum Cosford in 1998 when it formally became part of the Museum portfolio. The Museum also has two external stores, one in Stafford and another within RAF Cosford.

The Royal Air Force Museum is a National Museum, a Government non-departmental public body (NDPB) and a registered charity. Our collection is central to everything we are and do and comprises around 1.3m objects which we hold in trust for the people of the UK. Our RAF Centenary transformation in 2018 enabled the Museum to bring an additional 500 objects from our stores to share with our visitors – most of which had never been displayed before.

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Ok so just 19km to run until my 150k is completed. I’ve already taken 4 weeks to do 131k, so this time next week should mean I’m finished . 😁
I have tried to send pics etc but they say the site isn’t registered Andy renwick please contact me
My wife and I have come across some paperwork relating to her Grandfather (on her mothers side). He served in the far east, and we thought you may like them for the museum, we also have a menu from the NAFFI in Kandy as well as various programes from shows held out there. From them we believe he had something to do with the radio station.
Hello can anyone help me in finding out were my friends fathers medals are and flying helmet .... We know that he gave them to a museum some years ago . Sadly did not say which one . His name was FJW Winship and was with the 208 Squadron It would be lovely for his grandchildren to be able to visit and see them in the future if we can find out where they are .... Thank you
Hi, I am a Scout Leader a wondered do you give any online talks for Groups.
Lancaster Challenge Just an explanation of how I am tackling this Challenge. I am well capable of treating the 500k as a race – aiming to complete it as quickly as possible. I have just completed the RBLI Tommy Challenge. This was to cover 150 miles – the distance covered by British Army soldiers in their retreat to Dunkirk in May 1940 – the month of January. I did the full distance in 10 days. However, for this challenge I am taking a different approach. I am flying alongside my wife. Unlike me, she does not race about madly. But as her late father, Raymond Williams, was an air gunner on Lancasters in WW2 she has agreed to do the challenge. Each day we will walk a few miles together, accompanied by my Hearing Dog Inca. The Challenge is due to close on the 17 May 2021, the anniversary of Operation Chastise. That is 128 days away. We calculate that we can cover 500k (311miles) in 128 days, if we do just 2.5 miles a day. Along the way we will share some stories about Raymond Williams (and maybe also some about my own father who served in Coastal Command during WW2). Wish us luck! Better still, sign up to the Challenge, get some exercise, and help support the RAF Museum to preserve the memories of those like Raymond Williams.
OTU Report No 1 First flight for Janice Peagam . Good circuits but (thankfully given ice) no bumps. Shows promise - just like her late father did for75 (NZ) Squadron in 1944.
Les membres du MIBAC et les administrateurs se joingnent ensemble pour vous souhaiter à toutes et tous une très bonne année 2021. En espérant que le combat contre cet ennemi invisible nous permettra de réouvrir nos portes et de continuer à faire perdurer la merveilleuse histoire de la base aérienne de Chièvres. Bonne et heureuse année à tous et encore un énorme merci pour vos soutiens. ------------------------------------------------------------------- The members of MIBAC and the administrators join together in wishing you all a very happy new year 2021. Hoping that the fight against this invisible enemy will allow us to reopen our doors and continue to perpetuate the wonderful history of the Chièvres air base. Happy New Year to everyone and again a huge thank you for your support.
Shame you can't do a Virtual Tour of the museum during lockdown I would pay to have a Virtual tour.
Just wondering if the RAF museum could help out here with the Kent Battle of Britain museum with there missing cockpit instrument panel ? It would be really decent of you if you just so happen to have one which they could marry up to thier Heinkel project ? Would be a great Christmas gesture ?
Are there any photographs of the rear cockpit of R9125, Lysander Mk III SD which flew with 161 Sqn and is now at the RAF Museum at Hendon. I am particularly interested in the adaptions for Special duties, bench seat / locker or the removal of superfluous fittings.