London's Hangar 6 will be closed 21 September while we update this exhibition.

Oil Painting ‘Noon’

In this oil painting by Emile Antoine Verpilleux, a Royal Flying Corps wireless operator gathers intelligence by listening to messages sent from an aircraft observing the accuracy …

Albatros D.Va Replica

With its distinctive plywood-skinned oval section streamlined fuselage, the Albatros D.V entered service in May 1917, but from October 1917 was supplemented in large-scale production by the …

Sopwith Dolphin 5FI

The world’s first single seat multi-gun fighter the Dolphin represented a departure from traditional Sopwith fighter design. In place of the rotary engines so characteristic of the …

Royal Aircraft Factory BE2b

The BE2b evolved from earlier aircraft after a great deal of experimental work by the government-owned Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough and proved to be one of …

Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A

The SE5a was considered by many pilots to be the best British single-seat fighter of World War One. Designed at the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough, the …

Sopwith Triplane

The prototype appeared in May 1916 and was found to be highly manoeuvrable with a phenomenal rate of climb. Both the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal …

Vickers FB5

The true fighter squadron was born on the 14 February 1915 when No.11 Squadron was formed at Netheravon. Completely equipped with Vickers FB5 aircraft this was the …

Fokker DVII

The Fokker D.VII was the equal of, if not better than, the British SE5s, Camels and French SPADs and is considered to be one of the outstanding …

Sopwith F1 Camel

So famous the Arabs named an animal after itJ.M. Ramsden Waspish wilful intolerantJ.M. Bruce The Camel designed by Thomas Sopwith was the highest scoring fighter of World …

Avro 504K

The Avro 504k is one of the greatest training aircraft ever built. It was used to equip training units first in the Royal Flying Corps and later …