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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/jawhts3n8n

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. 🛫✨

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. 🎁🎉

👀 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/yf0tvdsik9

❄️It was a frosty start to the day here in the Midlands, but we love this photo of the sun rising over our Hercules, ✈️ ...
01/12/2023

❄️It was a frosty start to the day here in the Midlands, but we love this photo of the sun rising over our Hercules, ✈️ as captured by a colleague. ❄️

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

🥰 Aren't aircraft brilliant?😍

In our latest YouTube video, Rob Bell and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers 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...

🎁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...

On Remembrance Day, we honour and remember the brave souls who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Their courage ech...
11/11/2023

On Remembrance Day, we honour and remember the brave souls who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Their courage echoes through time, a beacon of hope for a world of peace.

Let's take a moment to reflect, appreciate, and express gratitude for these heroes.

Lest we forget 🕊️

Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer at the National Cold War Exhibition. A Short Belfast and Gloster Javelin can be seen behi...
15/10/2023

Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer at the National Cold War Exhibition. A Short Belfast and Gloster Javelin can be seen behind it.

https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/collections/scottish-aviation-twin-pioneer-ccii/

Known as the ‘Twin Pin’, the Twin Pioneer was a follow-up to the same company’s single-engined short take-off and landing (STOL) transport, the Pioneer, and like the latter required an area only 30m (99ft) by 275m (902ft) in which to operate.

The first examples entering service in October 1958 with No. 78 Squadron in Aden, air-lifting troops and supplies in the Protectorate.

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'Ni**od on patrol' by Eric H Day, showing a port view of a Hawker Siddeley Ni**od over a merchant ship. (FA00131)  in 19...
03/10/2023

'Ni**od on patrol' by Eric H Day, showing a port view of a Hawker Siddeley Ni**od over a merchant ship. (FA00131)

in 1973 : Following the start of talks between the United Kingdom and Icelandic Governments aimed at achieving a settlement to their ongoing dispute, the last fishery protection sortie of the ‘Second Cod War’ is flown by the Royal Air Force on this date.

A Ni**od is on display at our Midlands site.

🎬Films and TV shows 📺like The Imitation Game and The Bletchley Circle have unveiled the work of the code-breakers at Ble...
09/09/2023

🎬Films and TV shows 📺like The Imitation Game and The Bletchley Circle have unveiled the work of the code-breakers at Bletchley Park during the Second World War🌎, but did you know Bletchley Park was just one unit, part of a massive intelligence-gathering operation that worked for the RAF, without which many more crews would not have returned from their missions

In this fascinating free talk, Dr Thomas Cheetham, a Research Officer from the Bletchley Park Trust, will examine the role of broader intelligence gathering from various sources and the ground-breaking work conducted by the brilliant code-breakers at Bletchley Park.

📅Date:15 September
🕦Time: 12.30pm- 2.00pm
📍 Location: National Cold War Exhibition Lecture Theatre
🎟️Tickets: https://bit.ly/45Hq0Wt

This lunchtime talk is free to view in person in real-time or online💻 on our Crowdcast Channel at a convenient time.

All welcome.

08/09/2023

Our intrepid team of cyclists 🚴🚴🚴 have taken on the challenge of riding 200 miles from Ladybower Reservoir, where the bouncing bomb was first tested , all the way to the RAF Museum London 🏛️ , finishing under the magnificent S for Sugar later today.

This cycle ride celebrates the ingenuity and bravery of the Dambusters raid and support the work of the access and learning team at our brilliant RAF Museum Midlands.

Show your support by leaving a message 🍀 or a donation at: https://royalairforcemuseum.enthuse.com/cf/the-dambusters-cycle

Supermarine Spitfire F24 of No. 80 Squadron, being ferried ashore, Hong Kong, July 1949
07/09/2023

Supermarine Spitfire F24 of No. 80 Squadron, being ferried ashore, Hong Kong, July 1949

  in 1973 : RAF Maintenance Command is disbanded. Since 1938 it had been responsible for controlling maintenance for all...
31/08/2023

in 1973 : RAF Maintenance Command is disbanded. Since 1938 it had been responsible for controlling maintenance for all the UK-based units. All functions of the Command are absorbed by RAF Support Command, which formed the next day.

  in 1941 : an RAF Lockheed Hudson of No. 269 Squadron damages German submarine U-570 beyond repair, forcing it to surre...
27/08/2023

in 1941 : an RAF Lockheed Hudson of No. 269 Squadron damages German submarine U-570 beyond repair, forcing it to surrender to British forces. It's the first surrender of a sub to an aircraft. It is towed to Iceland, salvaged and taken in British service as HMS Graph.

https://ow.ly/VkiI50PzSwv 🎧In this podcast 👂, Tim Bracey and Norman Brice of the Large Object Volunteer Team at our Lond...
20/08/2023

https://ow.ly/VkiI50PzSwv 🎧
In this podcast 👂, Tim Bracey and Norman Brice of the Large Object Volunteer Team at our London site talk about their volunteering roles, particularly their work on the mighty Avro Vulcan jet bomber.

Join them on the Vulcan Experience by following this link: https://ow.ly/meS250PzSPq

  in 1948 : Unrest within Somaliland, triggered by the announced transfer of the Ogaden territory to Ethiopia, leads to ...
17/08/2023

in 1948 : Unrest within Somaliland, triggered by the announced transfer of the Ogaden territory to Ethiopia, leads to the despatch of No. 213 Squadron (flying the Hawker Tempest F6) from Deversoir, Egypt to Mogadishu to ‘fly the flag’ and assist in restoring order.

  in 1948 : The first British civilian charter companies join the Berlin Airlift (Operation Plainfare). Seen here is a c...
04/08/2023

in 1948 : The first British civilian charter companies join the Berlin Airlift (Operation Plainfare). Seen here is a civilian Avro Lancastrian, derived from the famous Lancaster bomber.

  in 1992 : Our Vickers Varsity WL679 landed at RAF Cosford, and was the last flight of a RAF Varsity. It signalled the ...
27/07/2023

in 1992 : Our Vickers Varsity WL679 landed at RAF Cosford, and was the last flight of a RAF Varsity. It signalled the end of an era spanning over 43 years, having made its first flight in 1949. The design can trace its pedigree back to the Wellington, and replaced the Wellington T10 as a training aircraft.

The Varsity was a twin piston-engined aircraft used for crew training. Its most outstanding quality was that it could provide excellent training for pilots, flight engineers, radio operators, navigators and bomb aimers simultaneously. The latter were seated in a very large ventral gondola which contained bomb aiming equipment and a small quantity of training bombs.

WL679 was built by Vickers Armstrong at Bournemouth and released from their factory on 25 September 1953. This was the last Varsity to fly with Royal Air Force Insignia, but in the very distinctive livery of the Royal Aircraft Establishment.

Come see her up close in Hangar 1 https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/collections/vickers-varsity-t-mk-i/

  in 1918 : The first 1,650 pound ‘SN’ bomb, the largest bomb to be used by the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) during the Firs...
24/07/2023

in 1918 : The first 1,650 pound ‘SN’ bomb, the largest bomb to be used by the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) during the First World War, is dropped on Middelkerke, Belgium by a Handley Page O/400 of No. 214 Squadron.

Another horrible history! Check out this space tomorrow to find out what we have in store for you this summer! 🤐Or click...
19/07/2023

Another horrible history! Check out this space tomorrow to find out what we have in store for you this summer!

🤐Or click here: https://ow.ly/HYQC50P4c6l

Ormer Locklear was a daredevil stunt pilot. He invented wingwalking when he climbed out of the cockpit and onto the wing...
17/07/2023

Ormer Locklear was a daredevil stunt pilot. He invented wingwalking when he climbed out of the cockpit and onto the wing of his aircraft. Soon, others copied him. What did Ormer do?

Horrible Histories (like these) are coming to the RAF Museum this summer! Get your tickets for guaranteed family fun at our website. https://ow.ly/uIIc50P4bW5 Our Up in the Air Challenge has 6 puzzles to solve and clues to find. Have you got what it takes to crack the case?

Event partners: Scholastic

We cannot get enough of these  . This one is about Adolphe Pégoud, the first French fighter ace. What do you think the a...
15/07/2023

We cannot get enough of these . This one is about Adolphe Pégoud, the first French fighter ace. What do you think the answer is? 🤔

If your answer is a or b, congratulations, you have earned the right to click on the following link which will tell you all you need to know about our brand-new Horrible Histories Up in the Air Adventure https://ow.ly/mZvi50P52Ls 😁 ✈️

That's horrible! Horrible, I say! Oh, who are we kidding? We all love it! So go ahead and check out our Horrible Histori...
13/07/2023

That's horrible! Horrible, I say!

Oh, who are we kidding? We all love it! So go ahead and check out our Horrible Histories page https://ow.ly/j88X50P3rGf to find out about our amazing Up in the Air Adventure this summer. Tons of fun for fearless flyers, aged 5 - 100. Book now and get ready for take off!

Event Partners: Scholastic

Further to our news in May that we had succeeded in keeping the Arthur Scarf VC and medal bar in the United Kingdom, we ...
11/07/2023

Further to our news in May that we had succeeded in keeping the Arthur Scarf VC and medal bar in the United Kingdom, we are proud to announce that it is now on display, in time for the summer holidays, in Hangar 1 at our London site.

It will then be placed on display in Hangar 5, as part of our newest permanent exhibition, ' Strike Hard, Strike Sure: Bomber Command 1939 - 1945'.

Maggie Appleton, RAF Museum CEO said:

‘A heartfelt thank you to every single person who supported us. Whether you donated or shared our campaign with friends and family, we couldn’t have done this without you. To have raised £660,000 in three months is simply amazing. Special thanks to the National Heritage Memorial Fund for their major donation of £390k, and to our good friends at the Royal Air Force Historical Society and the Bomber Command Association.'

To learn more about Arthur Scarf and his story, please visit:
https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/blog/arthur-scarf-victoria-cross/
and
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6pkdttHfXw

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