Museum to mark a Centenary of Royal Flight

Published on: 10 July 2017

This Summer we have a plethora of activities that will keep the entire family entertained as part of their visit. We kick off our Summer of activities with our Royal Weekend, which will run on 22 and 23 of July.

A History of Royal Flight 22 July

RAF Squadron Leader (Retired) Graham Laurie will be sharing the history of royal flying in this exciting lecture along with some of his personal memories of flying the Royal Family for nearly 20 years.

Princess Diana in our Royal Wessex Helicopter

Graham joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot in 1964. He flew for 36 years amassing a total of 13,500 hours and during the last 20 years of that career he flew members of the Royal Family and senior government ministers completing in all, over 2,200 Royal Flights. Attendance is free, but is by advance booking only. It will start at 2.00 pm in our Lecture Theatre. To reserve your ticket, please click here.

The Royal Wessex Experience 22 and 23 July

Bring the whole family along for a right royal experience as we open up our Royal Wessex helicopter up to the public from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm. Members of the Royal Family from Prince Charles to the Queen Mother have travelled in style on the Wessex Helicopter, and now you can climb aboard to explore this magnificent machine yourself with the expert assistance of one of our guides. Tickets will be available on the day from the helicopter at £3 per person or £10 for a family ticket ( 2 adults and up to 3 children). Read on for further details.

Members of the public touring our Royal Wessex Helicopter

Family Friendly local walking tours 23 July

Join us for a fascinating walking tour of our local area and discover the history of aviation in Colindale and Hendon from the arrival of Claude Grahame-White's Flying School and Aerodrome through to the opening of the Museum and the recent redevelopment of the local area. Each tour will last approximately 1 hour and will start at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm. This activity is free of charge and there is no need to register. Just turn up on the day. We look forward to welcoming you.

The London Aerodrome circa 1912

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