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Pilot Training missions for families this Easter

Published on: 15 March 2023

Calling all future pilots aged four and over…your mission should you choose to accept it, is to train like a Second World War RAF pilot at the Royal Air Force Museum Midlands this Easter school break.

Have you ever wondered what the training of an RAF pilot looked like during the Second World War? Are you brave enough to embark on a mission that will test your speed, brain, and teamwork skills? Families are invited to take part in the Pilot Training programme this Easter between 1-16 April at the RAF Museum and find out if you have what it takes to be an RAF Pilot!

RAF Museum Midlands Public Events Manager, Amy Bertaut said:

‘The RAF Museum has partnered with the brilliant reenactors of UP AN’ AT ‘EM! HISTORY who will be the training instructors. To complete the Pilot Training, children must undertake four different missions, from basic flying training and strategic decision making, to keeping your nerve when flying over enemy lines. It’s an immersive and fun event for families, that will even get the parents involved in the action!’

The ‘Scramble!’ mission will test your alertness and speed, dressing in flying gear as fast as you can in a race to the aircraft. ‘Firefighting’ training will require you to act fast and fight ‘fire’ with stirrup pumps and buckets and stop the incendiaries taking hold. Test your knowledge in ‘Aircraft Recognition’, you’re on the front line and must identify who is friend or foe and plot their location ready for the fighters to scramble. And finally, ‘Dawn Patrol’ will see the pilots in training complete a biplane mission over enemy lines…jump aboard and navigate the aircraft to the targets, but beware of incoming enemy fire.

Each budding young pilot will receive their own Pilot Passport to keep, and for every successfully completed mission your passport will be stamped. Once all four missions are complete, mini pilots will be rewarded with a pilot badge – you made it!

Pilot Training sessions will run between 1-16 April, from 10.00am each day. Participation in all four missions is £5.00 per child for the Pilot Passport and is suitable for families with children aged four and above. A family saver ticket costing £10 admits three children. Pilot Passports can be purchased on arrival at the Museum or when booking your arrival slot online.

Admission to the Museum is free, pre-book your arrival time and Pilot Training tickets online CLICK HERE.

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