Thursday, July 28, 2016

Royal Air Force Museum

London The Unfinished City
Avro Vulcan B2 - XL318.

Thursday July 28, 2016.

As a child I always enjoyed my visits to the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, so I was eager to take my two girls, Erin and Keilyn, to see what they made of it. 

Erin (5) was fascinated by the size of the aircraft and liked the various designs, while Keilyn (4) wanted to get in to as many cockpits as she possibly could. 

Her favourite aircraft were the helicopters.

Brief History

In 1962 a recommendation was made to the Air Force Board to establish a Royal Air Force Museum. Various sites were discussed before Hendon was chosen, due to its long established aviation history.

On November 15, 1972, HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the museum, which had 36 aircraft in its hangars.

The museum now has over 130 aircraft. Some of those that are on display, include;

  • Avro Vulcan B2
  • Avro Lancaster 1
  • Boeing B17G Fortress
  • Bristol Bulldog MkIIA
  • de Havilland Chipmunk
  • Fiesler Fi103 (V1)
  • General Dynamics F-111F-CF
  • Hawker Hurricane 1
  • Hawker Siddeley Blue Steel
  • Heinkel He 162A-2
  • Percival Mew Gull
  • Sikorsky MH-53M Pave Low IV
  • Supermarine Spitfire F24
  • Vickers FB5
  • Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka

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