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Hangar 1 – Our Main Entrance
RAF Stories, The First 100 Years 1918–2018
Discover how the Royal Air Force has delivered missions in its first 100 years. Stories, objects, film and games reveal its extraordinary people, innovative technologies, global alliances and partnerships.
Don’t miss: Test whether you could join the RAF and then fly in the Pilot Simulator Zone (£).
RAF – First to the Future
Explore the stories of the people, equipment, partnerships and innovations that keep the RAF at the leading edge of Air and Space Power.
Don’t miss: Design your own plane and debate the future.
Hangar 1 also features our café and Museum shop.
The First World War in the Air 1914–1918
The story unfolds from the earliest days of flight here on the site of The London Aerodrome, through four years of World War to the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918.
Don’t miss: The good luck charms that supported the Knights in the Sky.
Hangars 3, 4 and 5
War in the Air 1918–1980
On 1 April 2018, the Royal Air Force marked its 100th anniversary. In a relatively short lifespan it has become woven into the history of the UK and the world. Discover the aircraft and stories of the Battle of Britain alongside extraordinary bombers, seaplanes, trainers and helicopters.
Don’t miss: The Avro Lancaster ‘S for Sugar’ and take the chance to Sit in a Spitfire (£).
The RAF in an Age of Uncertainty
Recent decades have seen huge and rapid political, economic and technological change. Hear from RAF personnel who have served during this period of change and see how the RAF has adapted its strategy and technology to protect the UK 24/7.
Don’t miss: leaving your message on our timeline wall.
Wearing of Facemasks
We strongly recommend that all visitors wear a face covering when visiting our galleries, shop and restaurant* unless they were previously exempt from doing so. You will not need to wear one when outside in our green spaces, unless it makes you more comfortable to do so. We would also ask that when in our buildings that our visitors be aware of others around them and where possible maintain a social distance of 1 metre.
*Except when seated.