Hangar 6

Hangar 6 will be closed to the public until Sunday 5 December for essential works.

Hangar 6 will also be closed all day on Monday 13 December and Tuesday 14 December until 12.00pm for the setting up and breakdown for a Museum fundraising reception.

The RAF in an Age of Uncertainty 1980 – Today

For the last forty years the Royal Air Force has been in constant deployment, whether assisting our allies abroad or providing humanitarian aid across the globe. In this exhibition, we examine the RAF’s recent history from the Falklands Conflict to the modern day, and look at how technological change during this time has enabled the RAF to be agile, adaptable and responsive to the challenges that it has met during this period. Explore personal stories through film, audio, images and text.

Opportunities to get hands-on include:

  • Tactile models of aircraft
  • Test your knowledge of the 80s, 90s,00s and today with pop culture quizzes
  • Leave your comments on our timeline wall.

Large print guides are available in Hangar 6. Electronic versions can be found below:

This exhibition is supported by:

BAE Systems , State of Kuwait and HM Treasury logo

With further support from:

MBDA Logo

Please note: Hangar 6 will be closed to the public from Monday 22 November to Friday 26 November inclusive, reopening to the public on Saturday 27 November. This is for an upgrade of the exhibition experience.

Hangar 6 will also be closed all day on Monday 13 December and Tuesday 14 December until 12.00pm for the setting up and breakdown for a Museum fundraising reception. We would like to apologise in advance for any disappointment that this news may cause.

Historic Hendon

Our transformed site offers a broad range of activities and spaces to explore.

  • Enjoy Claude’s, our new restaurant, in the unique setting of a 1931 heritage building from RAF Hendon
  • Let off steam in our new themed playground for under-11s
  • Picnic and play in the new open, grassed landscape recalling the airfield heritage of our site
  • Explore stories of the site’s 100-year heritage through benches, storytelling tannoys, table-top collages, themed picnic rugs and outdoor bean bags

Wearing of Facemasks

Please note:

In accordance with current government regulations you must now wear a face covering in our galleries, restaurant* and shop, unless exempt from doing so.

You do 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.