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We've just published our 1,000th story on Collections Online! 🥳🎉 From details about our collections to the RAF personnel...
09/01/2024

We've just published our 1,000th story on Collections Online! 🥳🎉 From details about our collections to the RAF personnel stories that helped shape history, you can browse the entire database here:

The Blériot XXVII, dating from 1911, was built for speed. This streamlined single-seat racing monoplane with a rotary engine, shared many construction features with other contemporary Blériot monoplanes, such as the shoulder-mounted wing.

🐧🛩️ Operation Percy: Celebrating 80 Years 🛩️🐧After a chilly January, let's heat things up in February! 🔥 Join us for Ope...
05/01/2024

🐧🛩️ Operation Percy: Celebrating 80 Years 🛩️🐧

After a chilly January, let's heat things up in February! 🔥 Join us for Operation Percy, a brand-new fundraising challenge.

📅 29 January - 29 February 2024

Challenge yourself to complete 80KM or 80 laps before the leap year, all in honour of Percy the parachuting penguin, the lucky mascot of Flight Lieutenant Stan Chapman. Percy marks his 80th anniversary on 29 January 2024, commemorating the daring parachute escape from a damaged Halifax Bomber.

Help us keep the RAF Museum flying by participating! 🚀 Register now and embark on this virtual challenge from anywhere in the world. 🌍

👟🚴‍♂️🏊‍♀️ Run, walk, cycle, or swim your way to victory! Share your journey with friends and supporters as you strive to complete the challenge by 29 February.

👕 Sign up and receive a welcome pack, including an exclusive RAF Museum running T-shirt to complete the challenge in style.

🎟️ Entry Information:
Standard Entry: £20.00
Armed Forces Entry: £15.00
Standard Overseas Entry **: £26.00
Armed Forces Overseas Entry**: £21.00
All proceeds go towards supporting the RAF Museum's mission to preserve the stories of the RAF and the brave men and women who served.

Let's make Percy proud! 🐧✈️

Sign up: https://royalairforcemuseum.enthuse.com/cf/operation-percy

Celebrate with Percy on his Path to 80! We are celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Percy the Parachuting Penguin with a virtual fundraising challenge. Put the Leap into Leap Year and take part in Oper

01/01/2024

🎉 New Year, New Blog! 📝

✨ Kicking off 2024 with first of our new blog series, which delves into the incredible stories of the 29 RAF personnel whose valour earned them the Victoria Cross.

Our debut post shines a light on Flight Sergeant George Thompson, a true hero who, on January 1, 1945, earned the Victoria Cross. 🎖️✨

https://org.pulse.ly/ix6jy51hlz

Our purpose is to tell the story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections.

Looking for an unforgettable and FREE family day out between Christmas and New Year? Look no further! 🎉Embark on a thril...
30/12/2023

Looking for an unforgettable and FREE family day out between Christmas and New Year? Look no further! 🎉

Embark on a thrilling journey through aviation history with your loved ones at the RAF Museum 🌟 Explore iconic aircraft, experience interactive exhibits, and discover the fascinating stories of our personnel.

🚀 Why us?
✅ FREE Admission: Because epic family adventures shouldn't break the bank
✅ Interactive Exhibits: Get hands-on with history and let the kids' imaginations soar
✅ Historic Aircraft: Marvel at legendary planes that shaped the skies.

Set your sights on the RAF Museum for an extraordinary day out—because memories are meant to be made together. 🛫✨

🚀✨ Break free from the holiday haze✨🛩🧀🍇 Feeling the post-holiday boredom? Put down the cheese and crackers, tear yoursel...
28/12/2023

🚀✨ Break free from the holiday haze✨🛩

🧀🍇 Feeling the post-holiday boredom? Put down the cheese and crackers, tear yourself away from turkey, slide off the sofa, and join us at the RAF Museum for an exhilarating free day out! 🌟

🆕 Did you know we have a new exhibition?
'Higher, Faster, Further – The RAF 1919-1939' opened this month. The exhibition takes you on a thrilling journey through the interwar years.

🔗 Book your free entry ticket: https://org.pulse.ly/zdmimp7cri

We're open again! ✈️If you're already sick of Christmas re-runs and arguing over Monopoly, why not pay us a visit? 🌠
27/12/2023

We're open again! ✈️

If you're already sick of Christmas re-runs and arguing over Monopoly, why not pay us a visit? 🌠

🎁🎄WE ARE CLOSED 24-26 DECEMBER🎁🎄Just a reminder that both Museum sites are closed over Christmas so that our staff can s...
23/12/2023

🎁🎄WE ARE CLOSED 24-26 DECEMBER🎁🎄
Just a reminder that both Museum sites are closed over Christmas so that our staff can spend some well deserved time with their families.

We reopen on the 27 December at 10.00.

We hope you have a delightful festive period, however you spend it 🌠

🎄✉️ Rediscovering a Christmas tale from 1918! 🎁✈️John Roscoe, an RAF mechanic during WWI, shared his unique Christmas ex...
22/12/2023

🎄✉️ Rediscovering a Christmas tale from 1918! 🎁✈️

John Roscoe, an RAF mechanic during WWI, shared his unique Christmas experience in Egypt. Amidst the challenges of sand, dust, and disease, Roscoe vividly describes a festive atmosphere at the Government Hospital, Suez. Imagine a Christmas tree adorned with lights and nightly carol sessions, all witnessed by this ordinary mechanic turned wartime storyteller. His letters, part of the RAF Museum Archive, reveal the struggles, accidents, and camaraderie of life in the Royal Flying Corps.

📜✈️ Follow John's journey from conscription to Egypt, his encounters with the Gosport system, and the celebration of the Armistice. Letters home served not only as a lifeline to family but also as a creative outlet, with Roscoe adding cartoons to document his hospital-bound days. Despite battles with amoebic dysentery, he awaited news of the war's end and a return to civilian life.

Read the blog here:

Lucia Wallbank looks into an RAF Christmas Letter Home ... written on Christmas Eve 1918 from a hospital in Egypt.

20/12/2023

👀NEW BLOG👀
On December 16, Bristol Avenue, Colindale hosted a naming ceremony to commemorate the incredible female pioneers in aviation. Four remarkable women from the Air Transport Auxiliary were under consideration, and the public chose Gabrielle Patterson!

Gabrielle Patterson was a trailblazer with an impressive 1530 flying hours before joining the ATA. A leading figure in women's aviation, she inspired countless pilots even beyond the war.

But let's not forget the other three extraordinary women:
🚀 Winifred Crossley Fair, a renowned stunt pilot and the first to fly the iconic Hurricane fighter.
🚁 Mona Friedlander, the youngest of the four, flew over 30 different aircraft and played a vital role in transporting planes where they were needed.
🔥 Margaret Fairweather, the first woman to fly a Spitfire, faced the dangers of the ATA and tragically lost her life in service.

These women were not just symbols of glamour; their lives were marked by hard work, danger, and unparalleled bravery. The naming of this square stands as a powerful memorial, ensuring their legacy lives on. 🌹✈️

Read the blog here: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/blog/a-local-memorial-to-bravery/

Our purpose is to tell the story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections.

✈️WINGING ITS WAY TO CANADA✈️We've made a significant contribution to the Bomber Command Museum of Canada's ''Halifax Pr...
19/12/2023

✈️WINGING ITS WAY TO CANADA✈️

We've made a significant contribution to the Bomber Command Museum of Canada's ''Halifax Project'' in Nanton, Alberta.

We've donated a right-hand Hastings outer wing panel – a design identical to the Halifax outer wing panels. This marks a substantial stride forward in the restoration efforts of our Canadian friends who are working to repair and restore a Halifax.

A massive thank you to our crane team and sponsor, Potter Plant Hire, for making the logistics seamlessly fall into place, just in time for the festive season! 🎁

🌐 Currently, this 25-foot, 1,900-pound wing is at Patrick Smart's shop in Thirsk, UK, where a bespoke steel cradle is being meticulously crafted to ensure a secure journey across the Atlantic. The RCAF will airlift these treasures directly to RCAF Trenton, Ontario, before their final voyage to the Halifax rebuild shop in Arnprior, Ontario.

18/12/2023

Call for Papers 📚

Join the RAF Museum's Academic Lecture Series from April 2024 to March 2025! 🛩️ 🌍 Whether you're a postgrad student, early-career researcher, or established expert, we want to hear from you!

🏛️ Submit your abstract, biography, and talk title by March 1, 2024, to [email protected].
📆 Talks will take place virtually and onsite presentations at the RAF Museum (London and Midlands).

ℹ️ General Info:
🔍 Explore the diverse aspects of Air Power in our 2024 Research Programme.
⏰ Online speakers get 45 minutes; in-person speakers get up to 1 hour.
📡 All lectures will be streamed online via Crowdcast.

💬 Be part of the dialogue! Propose a lecture or discussion panel by sending your details to Dr. Megan Kelleher at [email protected] by March 1, 2024.

Our purpose is to tell the story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections.

15/12/2023

🎄This Christmas Card is inspired by a real RAF Story.🎄

With just over 9 days to go to the big day, we thought you might need reminding that we will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, re-opening at 10.00am on 27 December. Admission is free.

In the meantime we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas from everyone at the Museum. We hope that the coming days bring you joy, happiness and laughter. 🎁🎉

🎁Last chance to Adopt an Artefact before Xmas🎁Adopt one our iconic artefacts and support our work too!There's a price po...
15/12/2023

🎁Last chance to Adopt an Artefact before Xmas🎁
Adopt one our iconic artefacts and support our work too!

There's a price point and object to suit everyone including:
🦷 A toothbrush
🐀 Roland Rat
✈️ Boulton Paul Defiant I

Browse the catalogue here: https://org.pulse.ly/jjojvvydyt

13/12/2023

🎄✨ Adopt a Piece of History this Christmas! 🎁✨

This holiday season support the Museum by adopting the 2004 Christmas Gift Box! 🛩️🎅

🌟 Last Week Before Christmas! Adopt here: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/support-us/adopt-an-artefact/christmas-adoption-gift-box/🌟

This unique artefact, once sent to RAF personnel in Iraq, carries the spirit of a century-old tradition started by Princess Mary in 1914. Imagine the joy it brought to the brave hearts serving our country away from home during the festive season. ❤️

The Museum's 2004 Christmas Gift Box may not contain smoking materials like the 1914 one, but it still helped to maintain morale for those deployed away from home at Christmas.🎀🔴

Your support not only makes for a unique and meaningful Christmas gift but also helps preserve and share the stories of RAF personnel. 🌟🎄

Our purpose is to tell the story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections.

🎁Difficult relative to buy for? Maybe they'd like to sponsor some powdered egg. 🥚The tin contains a dozen eggs in powere...
08/12/2023

🎁Difficult relative to buy for? Maybe they'd like to sponsor some powdered egg. 🥚

The tin contains a dozen eggs in powered form. Hydrating the eggs couldn’t be simpler, just add water!

Now you can adopt our egg-citing tin, support the work we do, and find the gift for the person who has everything!

An egg-sellent adoption for any budding chef. The tin contains a dozen eggs in powered form. Hydrating your eggs couldn’t be simpler, just add water!

🥳 We have launched today, 5 December, a new permanent exhibition, ‘Higher, Faster, Further – The RAF 1919-1939’ 👀The exh...
05/12/2023

🥳 We have launched today, 5 December, a new permanent exhibition, ‘Higher, Faster, Further – The RAF 1919-1939’ 👀

The exhibition tells the story of the RAF in the period between the First and Second World War - from the establishment of the RAF’s identity to its expansion around the world.

The interwar years were a period of continuous evolution, with significant technological advancement and development in the RAF itself as an organisation. The exhibition showcases valuable artefacts representing these developments and the stories of people who have contributed to the RAF story.

RAF stories in the interwar period are still relevant today – we would love to hear your thoughts on topics covered in the exhibition.

🎉You are invited to join a short filming session on Friday 15 December to share your views on themes discussed in the exhibition. 🎉

The interview footage will be displayed in the gallery.

If you are interested in participating, please fill in the form below by Sunday 10 December: https://forms.gle/CnRYqBLY8XqdkW4Z6

Please note that places for the introductory session and filming are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

We look forward to hearing from you!

In memory of Dr Jonathan Black (3 Dec 1966 – 14 April 2023), art historian, Museum friend and generous collaborator.
03/12/2023

In memory of Dr Jonathan Black (3 Dec 1966 – 14 April 2023), art historian, Museum friend and generous collaborator.

In our latest release for our London exhibition ‘In Air and Fire: War Artists, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz’ art historian Dr Jonathan Black (Kingston...

👀 Our 2024 Bear has just landed! 👀To mark the 80th anniversary of  Operation Overlord, this year’s bear represents a Fli...
02/12/2023

👀 Our 2024 Bear has just landed! 👀

To mark the 80th anniversary of Operation Overlord, this year’s bear represents a Flight Sergeant flying fighter missions as part of the RAF’s 2nd Tactical Air Force on June 6 1944.

Over 5,500 RAF aircraft of all types flew sorties on D-Day. Around 1,800 RAF personnel also landed on the beaches of Normandy that day, many helping to establish airstrips and to maintain and arm the arriving allied aircraft.

2024's bear Sits approx. 8.5” high and can be yours now in time for Christmas🎄. For further details and to order him, please visit: https://rafmuseumshop.pulse.ly/5abmtn7mds

🎁The purrfect Christmas pressie for any cat lovers out there! 🐈The lucky charm of Arthur Whitten Brown, Twinkletoes flew...
30/11/2023

🎁The purrfect Christmas pressie for any cat lovers out there! 🐈

The lucky charm of Arthur Whitten Brown, Twinkletoes flew alongside Brown and Captain John Alcock on the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight in a Vickers Vimy in 1919.

The journey took 17 hours and the weather was very bad. Arthur had to climb onto the Vimy’s wings in-flight to scrape off ice. They were glad to reach Ireland but landed in a bog and nearly crashed.

60 years later, Twinkletoes flew across the Atlantic again, this time with the Royal Air Force in a Phantom jet. The journey only lasted 6 hours and landed without mishap!

Now you can adopt Twinkletoes as a gift and support our work in the process!

For any cat lovers out there this Transatlantic traveller might just be the purrfect adoption for you. The lucky charm of Arthur Whitten Brown, Twinkletoes flew alongside …

🥰 Aren't aircraft brilliant?😍In our latest YouTube video, Rob Bell and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) expl...
29/11/2023

🥰 Aren't aircraft brilliant?😍

In our latest YouTube video, Rob Bell and Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) explore our London collection of aircraft and select their Top 5.👎Do you agree with their choices?👍We'd love to receive your comments.

🎬To view the video, please click below ⤵️

Rob Bell, TV Presenter and Engineer, presents The Institution of Mechanical Engineers Top 5 Aircraft at the Royal Air Force Museum London, looking at what ma...

🎉 On Thursday 30 November PlanesTV will be live streaming from RAF Museum Midlands and we thought that this might be of ...
28/11/2023

🎉 On Thursday 30 November PlanesTV will be live streaming from RAF Museum Midlands and we thought that this might be of interest to some of our London followers too 🎉

This YouTube broadcast will take place exactly 30 years since they filmed the retirement flight of Victor XH672 which is now resident in the National Cold War Exhibition at our Midlands site.

The broadcast will start at 12:30pm and will include an interview with a Victor pilot and feature some interesting stories and insight into this unique Cold War design.

To watch this broadcast live, please go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdjpUkTOzf8 🤸‍♀️🤸🤸‍♂️

Exactly 3 decades after we captured the final RAF Victor landing we'll revisit XH672 at Cosford. Join us for a Victor focused live broadcast.A huge you to th...

25/11/2023

🐦Little Swifts will be FREE on Thursday 30 November.🐦

Come and join our fun and lively sessions for pre-school children (aged 2-5 years) which include arts and crafts, games, stories and songs. Each session is linked to our amazing collection and helps bring our Museum to life.

Thursdays include stories, songs and messy play.🎨🧩 A lively session that gets children exploring!

⏰Time: 10.30am – 11.30am
💶Cost: FREE
📍 Where: Usually H6 – signs will direct you where to go.

Book now at: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whats-going-on/events/little-swifts-2023/ 🏃‍♀️Hurry, we have only 20 places available🏃‍♂️

Our purpose is to tell the story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections.

📸✈️ There's still time to join us for our Aviation Photography Weekend, this weekend! 📸✈️📅 Dates: 25 November (Beginner)...
23/11/2023

📸✈️ There's still time to join us for our Aviation Photography Weekend, this weekend! 📸✈️

📅 Dates: 25 November (Beginner) / 26 November (Advanced)

🎟️ Book here: https://t.pulse.ly/v94207cvgo
Members get 20% off!

🚀 Beginner Level Course:
Perfect for all levels! Enhance your skills with hands-on experience, theory sessions, and practical exercises. Get up close to iconic aircraft, practice portrait skills with professional reenactors, and explore Hangar 6 after hours! 🌌

📸 Advanced Level Course:
For experienced photographers! Dive deeper into theory, composition, lighting, and advanced techniques. Exclusive access to Hangar 2 after hours, capturing the essence of historic aviation with period reenactors. Perfect your portraiture and explore HDR photography! 🌟

Last few places available, snap them up now ⤵️

View Aviation Photography Workshop: Beginner and Advanced from Royal Air Force Museum.

🎁Let's get personal 🎁From Spitfire hoodies to cheeseboards, we've got a great range of gifts for the aircraft lover in y...
20/11/2023

🎁Let's get personal 🎁

From Spitfire hoodies to cheeseboards, we've got a great range of gifts for the aircraft lover in your life ✈️

Check out the full range in our online shop: https://rafmuseumshop.mymerchr.com/

🎅✨ Get Ready for a Magical Christmas Adventure! 🛷🌟Our Christmas limited edition, "Santa's Sleigh Ride 4D," is back at th...
18/11/2023

🎅✨ Get Ready for a Magical Christmas Adventure! 🛷🌟

Our Christmas limited edition, "Santa's Sleigh Ride 4D," is back at the 4D Theatre! 🎅✨

🎁 Experience the Magic:
Embark on a festive journey with Santa's Sleigh and dive into a real 4D adventure! Join the elves as they team up with a stuffy reindeer and a clumsy yet well-meaning elf to save Christmas on Christmas Eve. Will this unlikely duo overcome their differences and save the day? There's only one way to find out – buckle up for a magical ride across a starry Christmas-tide sky! 🌌✨

👉 Dates: November 1st - January 6th

Simply request Santa's Sleigh Ride at the 4D Theatre and let the enchantment unfold before your eyes.

From 19 November and throughout the Festive Season you will be able to hitch a ride on Santa's Sleigh courtesy of our latest 4D Film.“Sleigh Ride 4D” takes y...

17/11/2023

🎄✨ Adopt an Artefact this Christmas! 🎁

This holiday season, consider adopting a piece of our collections – like the Poland Uniform Badge. Celebrate the valour and contributions of the brave individuals who joined the RAF from Allied and Commonwealth nations during World War II, this uniform badge would have been worn by units like the remarkable No. 303 Squadron.
Find out more here: https://org.pulse.ly/g7gu47zmiw

Our purpose is to tell the story of the Royal Air Force through its people and collections.

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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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