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First World War in the Air 1914-1918

The First World War in the Air

11 years after the first powered flight, aviation emerged as a vital part of winning the First World War.

Situated in Hangar 2, the First World War in the Air exhibition explores the vital work of the service men and women on the ground as well as the changing roles of those in the air as the essential use of ‘eyes in the sky’ for reconnaissance was complemented by the introduction of new technologies for bombing and fighting high above the ground.

Many personal artefacts including medals, letters and uniforms are displayed alongside the finest collection of First World War aircraft bringing both moving and inspiring stories to life – and ensuring that the bravery and sacrifice of these aviation pioneers will never be forgotten.

Key exhibits on display include:

  • The diary of Major Edward Corringham
  • Sketch and notes of the Mons Battlefield
  • A Propeller from a Bleriot XI Cross Channel Monoplane
  • Report by General Smuts on air organisation
  • Royal Flying Corps Dog Jacket

The BAE Systems and Heritage Lottery logos

Our First World War in the Air exhibition is supported by BAE Systems and the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Additional Facilities

Additional facilities in Hangar 2 include a fully accessible Changing Places Toilet.

This is located at the far end of the Hangar.

Features that this Changing Places Toilet offers include:

  • a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench
  • a full coverage hoist system
  • adequate space in the changing area for a disabled person and up to two carers
  • centrally placed toilet with room either side
  • mobile screen to allow privacy
  • wide tear off paper dispenser
  • large waste bin for disposable pads
  • grab rails and alarm cord
  • basin with thermostatic mixer taps
  • standard height toilet with flush lever
  • non-slip floor

Please note: The Museum regularly undertakes a programme of maintenance and conservation, so some exhibits or Hangars may be temporarily inaccessible. If you are visiting us to see something specific, please contact us in advance to ensure it that it is on display and available for public viewing.