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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We are excited to launch our new Membership programme with a talk by celebrated historian, author and presenter James Ho...
31/08/2021

We are excited to launch our new Membership programme with a talk by celebrated historian, author and presenter James Holland on the Battle of Britain. The talk will be followed by an exclusive opportunity to get a unique view inside some of our Second World War aircraft.

This FREE event will take place from 5:30pm on 7 September. All we ask is that you book your free ticket: https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/36141?catID=36165&

Author of the bestseller ‘The Battle of Britain: Five Months That Changed History’, James Holland will be delivering a fascinating talk about one of the most important events in the history of the RAF and arguably this nation. On 7 September 1940 the Luftwaffe switched from attacking the RAF airfields to launching bombing raids on British cities.

Setting the scene with France falling to the invading N***s, he will show that Britain and its Empire stood alone against a seemingly unbeatable Luftwaffe. Yet through bravery of its multinational pilots, the effective Dowding System and several tactical mistakes by N**i Germany, the RAF prevailed. This will be followed by a Q&A opportunity.

After the talk you can get over the ropes and up close to our aircraft. Our Spitfire Mk I, Hurricane Mk I, Fiat CR.42 and Messerschmitt Bf 109E will have panels removed, offering you a unique insight view of these iconic fighter aircraft. Peek inside the cockpit of the Hawker Typhoon Mk I, Tempest Mk V and Junkers Ju 87 Stuka. Or crawl through the fuselage belly hatch of the main German bomber during the Battle, the Heinkel He 111, or stand under the iconic Avro Lancaster.

This event will also outline our new membership programme which will offer a wide range of perks with exclusive behind-the-scenes access. This is a MUST for every aviation and history enthusiast out there.

Thank you to all who participated in the Spitfire 10K run last Saturday! We saw hundreds of you running around our Londo...
31/08/2021

Thank you to all who participated in the Spitfire 10K run last Saturday! We saw hundreds of you running around our London site and being rewarded with their very own medal :)

Remember that you can still participate in the Virtual Spitfire 10K.
https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/virtual-events/virtual-spitfire-10k/spitfire-10k-2021/

No matter where you are, or how you will traverse 10 kilometres, you can tailor your race experience to fit your schedule and abilities. Beside getting or keeping fit, the Virtual #Spitfire10K is a great opportunity for runners from all over the UK, and across the world, to run in honour of a Battle of Britain pilot, and support the RAF Museum.

Tomorrow is the Spitfire 10K! As we are expecting hundreds of runners, we ask Museum visitors to arrive AFTER 1pm. This ...
27/08/2021

Tomorrow is the Spitfire 10K! As we are expecting hundreds of runners, we ask Museum visitors to arrive AFTER 1pm. This way we can ensure your Museum visit will be unaffected by the event.

Remember, you can also participate without travelling to the Museum. The Virtual Spitfire 10K runs until 15 September so you can tailor your race experience to fit your schedule and abilities. What a great opportunity for runners from all over the UK, and across the world to run in honour of a Battle of Britain pilot and support the RAF Museum! https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/virtual-events/virtual-spitfire-10k/spitfire-10k-2021/ #Spitfire10K

Photos from Free Time With The Kids's post
26/08/2021

Photos from Free Time With The Kids's post

24/08/2021
Secondary Schools 2021 programme

Why don’t pilots die? Is artificial intelligence taking over our world? What have young men and women of African and Caribbean descent contributed to the RAF?

We are delighted to announce a return to a full SECONDARY SCHOOL’s programme from September 2021. There are opportunities aplenty for you and your students to join us at the Museum, or – if you prefer - online. Be it History, Science, Design and Technology or Citizenship, we have a workshop that will really bring learning and teaching to life in an inspiring – and spacious – environment.
https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/schools/school-activity-programme/

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21/08/2021
The RAF Museum Primary Schools programme

The new school year is just around the corner! The RAF Museum London has created a full PRIMARY SCHOOLS programme, which includes onsite or online workshops: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/schools/school-activity-programme/

You can download a copy of our Primary Schools Programme which has full descriptions of all the workshops:https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/app/uploads/2021/08/Primary-2021.pdf

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#OnThisDay in 1914 : the first British reconnaissance flight took place. That military intelligence was not at the level...
19/08/2021

#OnThisDay in 1914 : the first British reconnaissance flight took place.

That military intelligence was not at the level we are now used to becomes evident when looking at these first missions. Captain Philip Joubert de la Ferté in a Blériot of No. 3 Squadron RFC was sent out to find out the location of the friendly Belgian forces, while Lieutenant Gilbert William Mapplebeck in a RAF BE2c of No. 4 Squadron took off to locate the Germans.

Shortly after take off both got lost. Joubert landed near a town to ask for directions (!) but was invited for a hearty lunch by the mayor. With a full belly he took off again but had to land again when his fuel ran out. Running out of fuel, he landed near Courtrai but was arrested on suspicion of being a German spy. He was only saved by being recognised as an Englishman by a Belfast linen manufacturer, who then pinned a union jack to the lapel of Joubert's jacket.

Despite this dubious start, the pilots of the Royal Flying Corps gradually became more proficient. The Royal Flying Corps' first major success took place on 22 August 1914 when a reconnaissance flight discovered the 1st German Army approaching towards the flank of the British Expeditionary Force. This allowed the British Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Sir John French to realign his front and save his army around Mons.

The development did not stop there and aircrew were becoming more confident in their machines and bold in their action. They started to attack the enemy where they found them by throwing down simple infantry grenades or homemade petrol bombs. In this same month the first aerial victory was scored when a German aircraft was forced to land. A RFC crew landed nearby and chased the German aircrew into nearby woods, after which the German aircraft was set alight.

Find out about these fascinating developments in our First World War in the Air exhibition in Hangar 2. Make sure you prebook your FREE time slot via our website www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/

#OnThisDay in 1914 : the first British reconnaissance flight took place.

That military intelligence was not at the level we are now used to becomes evident when looking at these first missions. Captain Philip Joubert de la Ferté in a Blériot of No. 3 Squadron RFC was sent out to find out the location of the friendly Belgian forces, while Lieutenant Gilbert William Mapplebeck in a RAF BE2c of No. 4 Squadron took off to locate the Germans.

Shortly after take off both got lost. Joubert landed near a town to ask for directions (!) but was invited for a hearty lunch by the mayor. With a full belly he took off again but had to land again when his fuel ran out. Running out of fuel, he landed near Courtrai but was arrested on suspicion of being a German spy. He was only saved by being recognised as an Englishman by a Belfast linen manufacturer, who then pinned a union jack to the lapel of Joubert's jacket.

Despite this dubious start, the pilots of the Royal Flying Corps gradually became more proficient. The Royal Flying Corps' first major success took place on 22 August 1914 when a reconnaissance flight discovered the 1st German Army approaching towards the flank of the British Expeditionary Force. This allowed the British Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Sir John French to realign his front and save his army around Mons.

The development did not stop there and aircrew were becoming more confident in their machines and bold in their action. They started to attack the enemy where they found them by throwing down simple infantry grenades or homemade petrol bombs. In this same month the first aerial victory was scored when a German aircraft was forced to land. A RFC crew landed nearby and chased the German aircrew into nearby woods, after which the German aircraft was set alight.

Find out about these fascinating developments in our First World War in the Air exhibition in Hangar 2. Make sure you prebook your FREE time slot via our website www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/

A huge thanks to the staff/personnel from the physio department at RAF Brize Norton, who took part in a fundraising even...
18/08/2021

A huge thanks to the staff/personnel from the physio department at RAF Brize Norton, who took part in a fundraising event for the Museum.

In the space of 24 hours they pushed, pulled and squatted the total weight of all fighter aircraft lost on 18 August 1940 – the Hardest Day of the Battle of Britain. That’s 3 x 167,754kg and they raised over £1,000 in just 24 hours!

If you would like to show your support you can make a donation by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bznpcrf

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If you feel the need....the need for speed join us next Friday, 20 August, and watch Maverick under the moonlight during...
14/08/2021
Sundown Cinema at the RAF Museum | RAF Museum

If you feel the need....the need for speed join us next Friday, 20 August, and watch Maverick under the moonlight during our spectacular outdoor cinema event.

Tag your co-pilot to invite them to the event!

Settle down to watch your film with popcorn, hotdogs and drinks all served at our pop-up Hendon Kitchen

Tickets by advance purchase only. Click here for tickets and details:
https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/sundown-cinema-at-the-raf-museum/

Sundown Cinema will be joining us for 3 days of fun and film - all outdoors. Moana, The Lion King, Jurassic Park, Greatest Showman and of course Top Gun!

#OnThisDay in 1974 : The first prototype of the Panavia Tornado took off from the German air base at Manching.  It was t...
14/08/2021

#OnThisDay in 1974 : The first prototype of the Panavia Tornado took off from the German air base at Manching. It was the result of a tri-national cooperation between British Aircraft Corporation (now BAE), MBB of West Germany, and Aeritalia of Italy.

The RAF Museum can confirm that yesterday we welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the Museum to visit his grandfathe...
13/08/2021

The RAF Museum can confirm that yesterday we welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the Museum to visit his grandfather’s medals which are on display in Hangar 1 at our London site

Flight Lieutenant Wilfred Johnson DFC served as an RAF Coastal Command pilot from 1942 to 1944. He flew Wellington GR.XIV aircraft on patrols over the Atlantic Ocean and attacked several German submarines. On 17 August 1944, Wilfred returned early from a patrol due to a radio fault. His Wellington then suffered an engine failure shortly before landing. He faced the difficult and dangerous task of flying low at night on one engine, in a heavy aircraft still loaded with high-explosive depth charges. Wilfred dropped these weapons in a safe place, avoiding nearby villages, and returned to RAF Chivenor – but he was seriously injured in a crash-landing on the airfield. Following his selfless action, Wilfred was subsequently awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for ‘skill and coolness in emergencies’ and ‘his hard work, thoroughness and keen sense of duty’ as an RAF pilot.

Wilfred’s DFC, along with a congratulatory letter from King George VI and his Medal Group of Four, are on loan from the PM’s father, Stanley Johnson.

Have you got what it takes to beat our 1K assault course  which includes ninja walls, rope swings and water obstacles?  ...
11/08/2021

Have you got what it takes to beat our 1K assault course which includes ninja walls, rope swings and water obstacles? If you believe you can like the people below, book your tickets now. You have til end of play Sunday to beat the Hercules Assault Course https://t.co/YknXguSDgY

09/08/2021
Introducing The Hercules Assault Course

If you need any hints or tips on how to complete our Hercules Assault course, we thought that this video might give you some decent pointers. But hurry, time is running out for you to beat the Hercule Assault Course - this challenge must end Sunday...so we can set up for outdoor cinema screenings the following week.

Book your tickets now for the Hercules Assault course at: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/activefest/

Remember the Hercules Assault course must end on Sunday....but we have a suspicion that it will be back next year.

Sundown Cinema and the Royal Air Force Museum are teaming up to host a weekend of fantastic films from 20 to 22 August a...
04/08/2021

Sundown Cinema and the Royal Air Force Museum are teaming up to host a weekend of fantastic films from 20 to 22 August as part of our Summer of Fun 'n' Flight The outdoor screenings will include films for all ages and be accompanied by a vintage fairground. With family friendly matinee screenings of The Lion King, The Greatest Showman and Moana and evening screenings of Top Gun, Jurassic Park and Grease there is something for everyone.

Our Fairground will include swing boats, coconut shy, high strikers and chair-o-planes for the little ones. Cinema ticket holders will get two free tokens each, so make sure you arrive early! The fairground will be open between 10am and 2pm, and 5pm and 7pm over the three days.

You can purchase your tickets through the Sundown Cinema website, just click on the following link: https://www.sundowncinema.co.uk/venue/royal-air-force-museum-london/

We have a limited number of deckchairs for hire, which can be purchased with your cinema tickets. Hire yours when booking your tickets and get ready for take-off!

#OnThisDay in 1941 : A Short Sunderland of No. 230 Squadron becomes the first RAF maritime reconnaissance aircraft to be...
01/08/2021

#OnThisDay in 1941 : A Short Sunderland of No. 230 Squadron becomes the first RAF maritime reconnaissance aircraft to be shot down during an attack on a submarine. The Italian 'sommergibile' Delfino shot the Sunderland down and rescued four surviving crew members (out of twelve).

The Short #Sunderland at the RAF Museum London is one of our main attractions. This WW2 flying boat is now open to visitors who want to find out what it was like on board this long-range seaplane. Book your free ticket on our website (www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/) and get ready for take off!

The Hercules 1km obstacle course at our London site is such great fun, for all ages! Come to the RAF Museum, face the ni...
30/07/2021

The Hercules 1km obstacle course at our London site is such great fun, for all ages! Come to the RAF Museum, face the ninja wall, crawl under cargo nets and swing over water to get to the finish line!

There will be 18 obstacles for you to tackle including rope swings, ninja walls, monkey bars and cargo nets. It’s a race against the clock!

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/activefest/

And that's not even all. We have some fun pop up activities as well! Sign yourself and your family up for family yoga sessions or get them moving in our activity classes. Or chill out at Claude’s café, with one of their amazing ice creams, and have a go at our Table Tennis corner.

There's still time to book your place for the first of our yoga sessions for adults tomorrow morning as part of London's...
26/07/2021

There's still time to book your place for the first of our yoga sessions for adults tomorrow morning as part of London's #ActiveFest programme of events. The session starts at 8:00am. For pricing and further details, please visit: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/activefest-pop-up-activities/

There's still time to book your place for the first of our yoga sessions for adults tomorrow morning as part of London's #ActiveFest programme of events. The session starts at 8:00am. For pricing and further details, please visit: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/activefest-pop-up-activities/

Congratulations to the schools who have won a place on Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency (STAAR) programme, after...
21/07/2021

Congratulations to the schools who have won a place on Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency (STAAR) programme, after competing against teams from across the UK, in a six-part online STEM mission! 👏

Delivered by the RAF Museum, in partnership with Northrop Grumman Corporation in the UK, the STAAR programme offers students the opportunity to experience the excitement of the aerospace industry first-hand. ✈️

Hundreds of Year 9 students took part, and the six winning schools who most successfully met the overall mission objectives, will now enjoy a two-day residential educational and vocational experience at Royal Air Force Cosford, when they return to school after the summer holidays.

With more than 520 students from 32 schools taking part, the winning teams are:

• John Hampden Grammar School
• Denmark Road High School
• Madeley Academy
• Barnwell School
• Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School
• King Edward VI Handsworth Girls School

Entries were judged by a panel of experts from the Royal Air Force and the aerospace industry, with Air Marshal Knighton overseeing the final selection.

Thank you to all the students who took part, we hope it’s been an enjoyable and educational insight into the exciting world of aerospace.😃

We look forward to welcoming the winning schools to Cosford later this year for their STAAR residential experience.✈️

Read more about the STAAR challenge on our website: http://ow.ly/tPDJ50FAnRt

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Grahame Park Way
London
NW9 5LL

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.

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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020 8205 2266

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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.