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Enjoy lunch in Refuel with views overlooking the airfield. The Citroen Van in the National Cold War Exhibition is ideal for morning coffee and a cake.
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Discover our brand new green space in which to picnic and relax
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When you need to refuel during your visit why not visit Claude's between Hangars 2 and 6? At this eatery you will find a variety of delicious home-made offerings to suit all tastes and pockets
Step back into time and onto Lancaster Bomber 'G for George' to witness this iconic campaign
Sit in our Mk16 Spitfire and receive a tour of its cockpit or try out our new virtual reality experience and pilot your own Spitfire. Charges apply.
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Air Battalion Dinner at the Holborn restaurant, 1912
Commandant of the Air Battalion Major Sir Alexander Bannerman
Air Commodore E M Maitland in 1919
The Air Battalion was established on 1 April 1911 with the duty of creating a body of expert airmen and for working out how the Army should adopt air power.
Service with the Air Battalion was not seen as a career in itself but rather as an extension of the training of a Royal Engineer. Officers wishing to join the Battalion had first to obtain their Royal Aero Club certificate at their own expense. As an incentive for those eager to join and learn to fly, the War Office would refund them the £75 private tuition fee upon gaining their certificate.
Recruits also had to have 'experience of aeronautics, good map-reading, and field sketching, not less than two years' service, a good aptitude for mechanics and [to be]a good sailor.'
At the time of its formation, the Battalion's 14 officers and 176 other ranks were commanded by Major Alexander Bannerman with its headquarters at Farnborough.
No. 1 Company, commanded by Captain E.M. Maitland was also based at Farnborough, and was to be responsible for airships, balloons and kites.
No. 2 Company, commanded by Captain J.D.B. Fulton, was based at Larkhill focused on aeroplanes. This was the first formation in the British Army devoted to heavier-than-air flying and was operating on a small scale. By August 1911 the aeroplane company had nine aircraft.
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