Both our London and Cosford sites are open daily from 10.00am (car-parking charges apply)
Free Admission - We're open daily from 10.00am (car-parking charges apply)

British Military Aviation in 1927

January
A tri-service 'Shanghai Defence Force' is hurriedly despatched from the United Kingdom to protect European nationals and their property in Shanghai from Chinese communist forces.

The air component of the force includes Fleet Air Arm Flights aboard the carriers HMS Hermes (already on the China Station) and Argus. Subsequently, Royal Air Force China Command at Hong Kong is created to administer Royal Air Force units in the theatre, with Group Captain E.D.M. Robertson as commander.

1 January
The Imperial Defence College (IDC) is opened. The commandant of the College is selected from each fighting Services in turn, with Air Marshal Sir Robert Brooke-Popham the first from the Royal Air Force (19 January 1931).

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Trenchard, is promoted to Marshal of the Royal Air Force.

27 March
Royal Air Force's first all-metal fighter, the Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIA, enters service with No.41 Squadron.

14 April
Six Fairey IIIDs of No.441 Flight, commanded by Captain G.E. Wildman-Lushington of the Royal Marines, are stationed at the only available landing ground within Shanghai, the recreation ground.

20 May
A modified Hawker Horsley torpedo bomber, flown by Flight Lieutenants C.R. Carr & L.E.M. Gillman of the Royal Air Force depart from RAF Cranwell in an attempt to establish a new distance record.

After a flight of some 34 hours 45 minutes Carr and Gillman ditch in the Persian Gulf, having flown a distance of 3,400 miles. However, their attempt is overshadowed by Charles Lindburgh's successful solo non-stop crossing of the Atlantic. Lindburgh lands at Le Bourget on 21 May, having flown a distance of 3,590 miles.

30 May
No.2 Squadron Royal Air Force (Bristol F2Bs) arrives in Shanghai to reinforce Royal Air Force China Command.

August
Following the easing of tension at Shanghai, Royal Air Force China Command is disbanded and No.2 Squadron departs for the United Kingdom, arriving during October.

26 September
A Supermarine S5 seaplane flown by Flight Lieutenant S.N. Webster of the Royal Air Force wins the Schneider Trophy competition, with an average speed of 281mph, at a race held at Venice. This aircraft also sets a 100 kilometre closed circuit record of 283mph.

17 October
Four Supermarine Southampton flying boats of the Royal Air Force Far East Flight under the command of Group Captain H.M. Cave-Brown-Cave leave Plymouth for a 27,000 mile cruise to Egypt, India, Australia, Japan & Singapore. The Flight reachs Singapore on 10 December 1928.

November- May 1928
Following the failure of an agreement between the Iraq and Najd Governments, 'Akforce', Royal Air Force armoured car sections, supported by No.55 and No.84 Squadrons, begin action against Akhwan tribesmen in Southern Iraq and Kuwait. As a result, Ibn Sa'ud gives a written undertaking that he will restrain his tribes from further raiding.

3 Pilots 1 War

Discover the amazing story of three First World War Pilots

Find out more
 Bernard Rice

Bernard Rice

First World War Pilot
3 Pilots 1 War
Share your RAF Stories

Collecting stories throughout the world

Find out more
Shobha Earl

Shobha Earl

RAF Stories
Share your RAF Stories
Make a Donation

Make a difference through a donation

Find out more

Support us
Make a Donation
Historic Hendon Graphic Novel

Bringing the amazing stories of the RAF Museum's historic London site to life

Find out more
Ray Holmes

Ray Holmes

Unassuming Hero
Historic Hendon Graphic Novel
First World War Casualty Cards

You can now read online 300,000+ casualty cards belonging to RFC and RAF personnel

Find out more
Major James Thomas Byford McCudden

Major James Thomas Byford McCudden

First World War Ace
First World War Casualty Cards