Hangar 2

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.

Discover 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.

This exhibition is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and BAE Systems.

BAE Systems and Heritage Lottery Fund logo

Additional Facilities

Additional facilities in Hangar 2 include from 25 February 2019 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

Wearing of Facemasks

Please note:

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.