The Royal Air Force Museum London gives you much to explore, with more than 100 aircraft dating back to WWI on display. The museum is on the site of a former air field, and you can visit several huge hangars to see different displays. In our morning there we were engrossed with the historic displays of two of these hangars. I’d love to go back for another visit to see what we missed!
Milestones of Flight
The Mustang is a well known fighter plane of WWII. The museum guidebook attributes its design to “British specification, American Design ingenuity, and a Rolls-Royce engine.” It was famous for being able to defend Allied bombers all the way to Berlin and back.
The German Messerschmitt Me262 boasted a revolutionary new jet engine. The air war rose to a new level of conflict when this plane first appeared in 1943. By chance, a Jewish family stood on the upper deck looking at this Nazi plane, with the father obviously telling his children a story about it. This gave me chills.
First World War in the Air
Next we went to the intriguing World War I exhibit. The hangar housing this collection was built by aviation pioneer Claude Grahame-White during the war in 1917. It’s amazing to think that only eleven years after the first powered flight, aviation became a central part of the war.
The Royal Air Force Museum London is an easy 30-minute ride from Central London to Colindale on the tube. It’s open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free.
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