The Royal Air Force Museum, London

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From Saturday 23 October - Sunday 31 October you will have even more time to visit your favourite Museum. For October Ha...
22/10/2021
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From Saturday 23 October - Sunday 31 October you will have even more time to visit your favourite Museum. For October Half Term we will be opening our London site half an hour earlier each day at 9.30am. So, you will have even more time to fly with the Red Arrows, in our 4D Theatre, sit in our Phantom Jet or explore our world beating collections of aircraft and artefacts.

Get ready for an earlier take-off! Admission is free. https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/

Visit the Royal Air Force Museum in London today, dedicated to the history of world aviation and the RAF. Free admission and ample parking.

21/10/2021
Hijab donation

Since yesterday our Collection has been enriched by a hijab, donated by SAC Maryam Akram. She got this hijab herself, but the services now provide personnel with one, or refund the cost of acquiring one.

SAC Maryam Akram joined the Royal Air Force qualifying as a Cyber Systems Technician in March 2020. She has been proud to represent her culture and background. She is currently the only hijab wearing woman at RAF Waddington. She has a strong desire to promote the Muslim community in the RAF by sharing her experiences and values with members of her team and the wider Station.

In her role as a BAME ambassador she is at the forefront of breaking down stereotypes which will help to empower all to consider a career in the Royal Air Force. This will in turn, assist in ensuring our Armed Forces reflect the diverse and inclusive country we live in.
Royal Air Force #BAME #BlackHistoryMonth @RAFWaddington

Sunday Times best-selling author Shrabani Basu, Dr Joseph Quinn, and RAF Museum Historian Harry Raffal will be hosting a...
20/10/2021
Workshop ‘Freedom Fighters: Diverse Identities in the RAF’ - RAF Museum

Sunday Times best-selling author Shrabani Basu, Dr Joseph Quinn, and RAF Museum Historian Harry Raffal will be hosting a FREE one day workshop on 20 November looking at lives of the African, Caribbean, South Asian and Irish volunteers who served in the RAF during the Second World War.

The event will be moderated by Dr Harry Raffal, who says: “Freedom Fighters takes place within the context of the rapidly evolving debate about Britain’s imperial past, with the issues of slavery, the growth of nationalism and the cultural legacy of empire under close examination. The event is timely as it comes shortly before landmark anniversaries in the histories of Indian, Caribbean and Irish independence.”

Three volunteers will be considered in detail: Noor Inayat Khan from India; Errol Walton Barrow from Barbados; and Irishman Robert Gregory. The speakers will examine their individual motives for joining up, their treatment by British colleagues, and how they reconciled military service to the Crown with their political beliefs. These individual experiences will be set into wider context by two papers considering the experiences of Indian personnel and refugees and émigrés in the RAF during the Second World War.

To book your free place at this workshop please visit:

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/workshop-freedom-fighters-diverse-identities-in-the-raf/

All welcome.

RAF Museum workshop explores the lives of African, Caribbean, South Asian and Irish volunteers in the RAF although opposed to British rule.

This October Half-Term join us for a FREE interactive storytelling experience specially created for #BlackHistoryMonth. ...
19/10/2021

This October Half-Term join us for a FREE interactive storytelling experience specially created for #BlackHistoryMonth.

You’ll be immersed in a fun and engaging retelling of what it was like for Black personnel to leave their home country and join the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

Dates: Thursday 28 October and Friday 29 October.

Start times: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm

This is a drop in event, you do not need to buy a ticket.

Length: 20 minutes

Location: Hangar 1 Mezzanine

These storytelling workshops has been specially created for Children ages 7-11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Price: Free!

In preparation for Remembrance Sunday on 14 November our London site will be hosting a series of Family Poetry Workshops...
16/10/2021

In preparation for Remembrance Sunday on 14 November our London site will be hosting a series of Family Poetry Workshops on the subject of Remembrance the Sunday before, 7 November. Sessions are free to attend. For further details please visit: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/family-poetry-workshops/

In preparation for Remembrance Sunday on 14 November our London site will be hosting a series of Family Poetry Workshops on the subject of Remembrance the Sunday before, 7 November. Sessions are free to attend. For further details please visit: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/family-poetry-workshops/

Tonight Mark Johnson will be examining the role of the RAF’s Caribbean and West African aircrew during the Second World ...
15/10/2021

Tonight Mark Johnson will be examining the role of the RAF’s Caribbean and West African aircrew during the Second World War for #BlackHistoryMonth. This virtual lecture is free of charge and will take place at 6pm on Crowdcast. Reserve your place at https://t.co/pSyqiL1AcH #BHM

Tonight Mark Johnson will be examining the role of the RAF’s Caribbean and West African aircrew during the Second World War for #BlackHistoryMonth. This virtual lecture is free of charge and will take place at 6pm on Crowdcast. Reserve your place at https://t.co/pSyqiL1AcH #BHM

On 21 October we will be broadcasting a  free virtual lecture at 6.00pm by Katie Brown a doctoral candidate at the Unive...
12/10/2021

On 21 October we will be broadcasting a free virtual lecture at 6.00pm by Katie Brown a doctoral candidate at the University of Akron, Ohio. In it she will explore 'Gendered Language and Great Britain’s Evolving Arguments for Strategic Bombing' Book now https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/whats-going-on/events/the-end-of-gentlemanly-warfare-gendered-language/

On 21 October we will be broadcasting a free virtual lecture at 6.00pm by Katie Brown a doctoral candidate at the University of Akron, Ohio. In it she will explore 'Gendered Language and Great Britain’s Evolving Arguments for Strategic Bombing' Book now https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/whats-going-on/events/the-end-of-gentlemanly-warfare-gendered-language/

There's still time to book your free place for An Evening with Wing Commander Andy Green, ‘The Fastest Man on Earth’.  T...
12/10/2021
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There's still time to book your free place for An Evening with Wing Commander Andy Green, ‘The Fastest Man on Earth’. This FREE event will take place tonight at 6.00pm and is a taster event for our new membership programme. Info @ https://t.co/DVUOPKVlhw https://t.co/FlbapCmurj

“Join us on Tuesday, 12 Oct, for An Evening with Wing Commander Andy Green, ‘The Fastest Man on Earth’. This FREE event will commence at 6.00pm and is a taster event for our new membership programme. Participants will also be able to sit in our Phantom. https://t.co/DVUOPKVlhw”

This is the P-51 Mustang on display in Hangar 5. Together with the Spitfire, the Mustang is the most famous Allied fight...
11/10/2021

This is the P-51 Mustang on display in Hangar 5. Together with the Spitfire, the Mustang is the most famous Allied fighter aircraft of the Second World War.

In 1940, the British authorities wanted to buy the Curtiss P-40. North American suggested an improved design and built a prototype in just a hundred days. The result was an instant hit. It had tremendous speed, faster than any Allied or enemy aircraft.

Its high speed is usually attributed to its laminar wings or the Meredith effect of its supercharger exhaust, yet the real reason was the quality of its construction. Its exceptionally clean lines and the quality of its surface finish are still visible today to those who visit the Museum.

Despite its great speed, the RAF did not find the Mustang suitable for air combat. The engine’s single-stage supercharger made its performance drop at higher altitudes. Instead, they used it with great success for low-level photographic reconnaissance.

When the Mustang design was married to the British Rolls Royce Merlin engine, the same as used in the Spitfire, it became the most effective Allied fighter aircraft: it was fast, sturdy, reliable and had the range to es**rt bombers to Berlin and back. It became a scourge for N**i Germany, capable of roving its airspace for several hours, strafing targets of opportunity at will.

Over 2,600 Mustangs (1/6 of all produced) were supplied to the Royal Air Force during the war and 31 squadrons in Great Britain and the Mediterranean were equipped with the type. Most Mustangs disappeared very quickly from British service after the war’s end. In American service it remained the main fighter aircraft for a couple years longer until replaced by their first jet fighter, the Lockheed P-80.

Come and see this beautiful warbird at our Museum. Book your free ticket today: www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/

#Mustang #p51mustang #usaaf Katie Piper Americans UK #rollsroycemerlin #rrmerlin

Presenting our new membership programme to the public, we are proud to welcome Wing Commander Andy Green for an exclusiv...
08/10/2021

Presenting our new membership programme to the public, we are proud to welcome Wing Commander Andy Green for an exclusive and FREE talk on Tuesday 12 October at the RAF Museum London. Andy is an RAF fighter pilot and, as the holder of the World Land Speed Record, is ‘The Fastest Man on Earth’. He achieved the latter by driving the Thrust SuperSonic Car at an astonishing 763 mph, faster than the speed of sound!

https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/37043?catID=36165&

In his RAF career Andy has flown the F4 Phantom, Tornado F3 and (briefly) the Harrier, has commanded RAF operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has been Officer Commanding Operations at RAF Wittering. He is now working at the Ministry of Defence, supporting RAF activity around the globe. Through the Bloodhound Land Speed Record project, he continues to be a terrific supporter of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for future generations.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A. There will be the exclusive opportunity to sit inside the cockpit of our Phantom.

This event is to 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.
https://royalairforcemuseum.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/37043?catID=36165&

There's still time to reserve your free place for tonight's virtual talk on the role of airpower in the Six-Day War, whi...
07/10/2021

There's still time to reserve your free place for tonight's virtual talk on the role of airpower in the Six-Day War, which will take place at 6.00pm. In this fascinating talk Christina Chatzitheodorou will argue that air power was not responsible for Israel’s success during this campaign .

Those wishing to view this talk may do so by visiting https://www.crowdcast.io/e/airpower-six-day-war/register

There will be a Q&A session immediately afterwards. We look forward to seeing you then.

Join us on Tuesday 12 October for An Evening with Wing Commander Andy Green, ‘The Fastest Man on Earth’.  This FREE even...
01/10/2021

Join us on Tuesday 12 October for An Evening with Wing Commander Andy Green, ‘The Fastest Man on Earth’. This FREE event will commence at 6.00pm and is a taster event for our new membership programme. Participants will also be able to sit in our Phantom. https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/membership-event-an-evening-with-wing-commander-andy-green/

Join us on Tuesday 12 October for An Evening with Wing Commander Andy Green, ‘The Fastest Man on Earth’. This FREE event will commence at 6.00pm and is a taster event for our new membership programme. Participants will also be able to sit in our Phantom. https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/membership-event-an-evening-with-wing-commander-andy-green/

#OnThisDay in 1910 : Hendon Aerodrome, the present day site of the RAF Museum London is opened by Louis #Blériot - the f...
01/10/2021

#OnThisDay in 1910 : Hendon Aerodrome, the present day site of the RAF Museum London is opened by Louis #Blériot - the first person to fly an aeroplane across the English Channel - who sets up a flying school.

The school was initially nothing but a shed in a large open grass field stretching for half a mile to the north and west of the current RAF Museum. Colindale was still a rural area with few buildings in 1910. All flying was carried out over the airfield as flying in those early feeble aircraft across country was considered dangerous and thus quite rare.

One year later Claude Grahame-White took control of more than 200 acres (0.81 km2) of #Colindale and promoted the airfield as the London Aerodrome. He soon started with aerial displays which made it the most prominent airfield in Britain and beyond. https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/about-us/our-history/hendon-cradle-of-aviation/

Book your free ticket to the RAF Museum to find out more about the early days of aviation: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/

We were delighted to welcome BBC1 Antiques Road Trip host Ochuko Ojiri to the Conservation Centre at RAF Museum Cosford ...
24/09/2021

We were delighted to welcome BBC1 Antiques Road Trip host Ochuko Ojiri to the Conservation Centre at RAF Museum Cosford earlier this year.

While filming the show in the Midlands, he made a visit to the Museum to find out more about the Handley Page Hampden currently undergoing conservation.

Our Conservation Centre Manager Darren Priday was on hand to show Ochuko the aircraft and explain more about the Hampden's role during the Second World War.

You can now view the episode featuring the Hampden on BBC iPlayer. Hampden features at 25.30 minutes into the episode.

Click the link below to view:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000zxd8/antiques-road-trip-series-23-episode-14

We were delighted to welcome BBC1 Antiques Road Trip host Ochuko Ojiri to the Conservation Centre at RAF Museum Cosford earlier this year.

While filming the show in the Midlands, he made a visit to the Museum to find out more about the Handley Page Hampden currently undergoing conservation.

Our Conservation Centre Manager Darren Priday was on hand to show Ochuko the aircraft and explain more about the Hampden's role during the Second World War.

You can now view the episode featuring the Hampden on BBC iPlayer. Hampden features at 25.30 minutes into the episode.

Click the link below to view:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000zxd8/antiques-road-trip-series-23-episode-14

Little Swifts is returning to the RAF Museum London.Our London site is welcoming the return of Little Swifts, our fun se...
24/09/2021

Little Swifts is returning to the RAF Museum London.

Our London site is welcoming the return of Little Swifts, our fun session for children aged 2-5 years old

When? Sessions will begin again next week on Thursday 30 September, 10.30am – 11.30am

Where? Hangar 1, first floor, overlooking the Sunderland

Cost: £3 per child (tickets are booked online in advance at https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/little-swifts/)

Little Swifts runs twice a month (second Tuesday and last Thursday of the month, term time only.

Please note: you will also have to book your free admission to the Museum at the same time. This option will be given as part of the booking procedure for this event.

Last week, on 15 September, the RAF Museum hosted our largest event since the RAF Centenary -  welcoming 400 guests to o...
21/09/2021

Last week, on 15 September, the RAF Museum hosted our largest event since the RAF Centenary - welcoming 400 guests to our London site to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The event was the product of two years planning with the original dinner scheduled for last year postponed due to Covid. Hosted by the Chief of the Air Staff Sir Mike Wigston, our CEO Maggie Appleton and a committee of Museum Ambassadors we welcomed guests from the Corporate world, RAF and representatives of all the major countries involved in the Battle.

The evening featured three speakers from the RAF representing the different elements of the Battle of Britain; a Sunset Ceremony conducted by the Queen’s Colour Squadron; a flypast by Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and music from the RAF Central Band.

#RAF #BattleOfBritain

Address

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 9:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 5pm
Thursday 9:30am - 5pm
Friday 9:30am - 5pm
Saturday 9:30am - 5pm
Sunday 9:30am - 5pm

Telephone

020 8205 2266

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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.