2015 Event Review

Red Flag 15-1, January 26- February 13, 2015
Location: Grahame Park Way, Colindale, London, UK
Admission: FREE
Parking: £3 / £4 for on-site parking.
Value: Excellent
Rating out of 10: None, not an air show
 
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Welcome to the RAF Museum

The Museum opened on the 17th December 2003, and since then thousands of aircraft enthusiasts and their families have visited it. It is very large and impossible to visit in just one day unless you want to just skim through it. The RAF Museum London is located in Grahame Park Way, Colindale, London. It can be reached from Junction 4 of the M1 in 10 minutes or around 45 minutes by tube from Central London and either a 7 minute bus ride or a 15 minute walk from the Colindale Underground station. The Mill Hill Broadway is the nearest railway station and is a 15 minute walk away whilst the nearest airports are Heathrow and London City. The Museum caters for people with Special Needs and the staff members are happy to assist. There are 5 main hangars, namely the Milestones of flight at the entrance hall, the Bomber Hall, The Historic Hangar, The Battle of Britain Hall and the Grahame-White Hangar. The Historic Hangars are scheduled buildings dating back to the Hendon Aerodrome. There are also the Wings Restaurant, the Wessex Café and the Museum Souvenir Shop. The Aeronauts Interactive Centre is a hands on flight science centre where the children discover how aircraft fly. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times whilst at this centre.

There are over 100 historic and ground breaking aircraft on view including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Jet (full size replica). Other aircraft include the Buccaneer, the mighty Vulcan, Avro Lancaster, Canberra, Southampton, Spitfire, Hurricane, Messerschmitt Bf 109, Bleriot X1, North American P51D Mustang, Messerschmitt Me262, Eurofighter Typhoon, Boeing B17G, Augusta Westland Merlin, Hawker Hunter FGA9, English Electric Lightning, Sunderland and much more.

Upon entering the Museum you will be able to watch a 10 minute Century and the Timeline giving different views on the development of flight. There is also a 3D Aviation cinema. The Museum hosts a number of exhibitions and displays namely; the Boeing Chinook, the Air Traffic Control, the Princess Mary RAF Nursing service and the First World War in the Air. Our Finest Hour is a 13 minute audiovisual presentation on the Battle of Britain which should not be missed. The Milestones of Flight Exhibition covers the achievements in the first 100years of flight. The Museum has two simulators – The Black Hawk Simulator and the Historic Hangars Simulator which give you the to experience the thrills of flying various aircraft including the Eurofighter typhoon, the Red Arrows and a Tornado Jet for just £3 per person.

Group Visits, Tours and Educational Visits are accepted via Booking in advance. At the RAF Museum Shop you will surely find something to buy as a souvenir including specialist books, DVDs, models, toys, RAF and vintage themed gifts and much more.   The Wessex Café is located exactly opposite the Royal Wessex helicopter and ideal for a light snack and tea or coffee.

We highly recommend a visit, and further details about opening hours and exhibits can be found on their website: http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk

Report and photography Ray Biagio Pace for The Aviation Magazine

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Spitfire by the main entrance of the RAF Museum in London, UK.
 
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