Milestones of Flight

The Milestones of Flight exhibition is a comprehensive display of the major events that took place in the history of aviation. Start from the early pioneer days before World War One when the Wright brothers completed the first ever flight in a powered aircraft, through World War Two, up to the modern age of flight and today's jet engines. Many different and unique aircrafts can be viewed at the Milestones of Flight exhibition, including foreign planes and the contribution made by the RAF to the history of aviation.

Experience the magic when you come face to face with some of the earliest aircraft to have ever been built, and compare them to the power and sophistication of the sleek Eurofighter of today. Both aircraft mark significant landmarks in the development of flight and the history of aviation.

Imagine the excitement felt by the Wright brothers as their plane flew for the very first time, making history when their aircraft stayed aloft for 12 seconds covering 120 feet. Since then, the history of aviation has seen an incredible rate of development with the jet engine replacing the propeller driven flight crafts of earlier years. See for yourself how the manufacture and style of aircraft has progressed at our Milestones of Flight exhibition at RAF Museum London.

The Milestones of Flight building was opened in 2003, 100 years after the first powered flight by Orville Wright. High viewing areas and state-of-the-art interactive technology take you through some of the most important milestones in aviation history.

The exhibition covers the great achievements in the first 100 years of flight, and in particular the major contribution made by the Royal Air Force, with many unique foreign aircraft used to illustrate the major steps in the development of aviation.

Visitors can get close to flying machines from an early airship gondola, a Blériot from 1909 and the most up to date aircraft, the Eurofighter Typhoon.

The Ten Minute Century and the Aviation History Timeline give you two different views of the development of flight. On the 3rd floor you can visit the 3D Aviation Cinema and the UK's only permanent Air Traffic Control exhibition.

  • Find out what it feels like to fly in a Eurofighter by climbing into our full motion simulator on the ground floor, for a very affordable £3.00 per person.