Names on a Plane
A huge thank you to the thousands of you who have supported the RAF Museum’s RAF Centenary Programme through your donations to our ‘Names on a Plane’ Campaign. You have helped play a vital part in edging us towards our Campaign target. To date you have raised over £300,000 to help the Museum create an enduring legacy for the Royal Air Force’s Centenary in 2018.
The concept for Names on a Plane started life in a team meeting at the back end of 2015. With the enthusiasm of Museum staff and the Royal Air Force we were able to launch the campaign on the 1 April, the 98th anniversary of the RAF, at an amazing event held on Horse Guards Parade.
The weather couldn’t have been better and thousands of people came along to look at our Sopwith Snipe, MK VI Spitfire and BAE Systems Typhoon replica on the ground as well to watch a Typhoon fly-past.
Since the launch we have travelled around the country promoting the Campaign and attending air shows. We have met some amazing people along the way and overcome some interesting challenges including a very wet Cosford Air Show, almost losing the gazebo in the high winds at Bournemouth Air Festival and being at two shows on the same day on opposite sides of the country.
Of course one of the highlights of the year has been getting to know the Reds and working with them many times throughout the year.
So what next….
The names have now been compiled and sent over to the RAF for them to be art worked and then the exciting bit: they will be painted onto one of the Red Arrows Hawks ready to fly throughout the 2017 air show season. We will be heading off shortly to see this taking place and will of course update you with the photos on our website, social media and in the next edition of RADAR.
You still have the opportunity to purchase Names on a Plane limited edition merchandise. To find out more please visit www.namesonaplane.org or visit the Museum shop at London or Cosford.
Don’t forget to look out for your name on a Red Arrow plane this year. A full list of the air shows the Reds will be displaying at in 2017 and lots more information about the team, can be found at www.raf.mod.uk/reds
And last but not least a massive thank you to the Royal Air Force, the Red Arrows and to all of our partners who have helped us on the way.