Free Admission - We're open daily from 10.00am (parking charges apply)

Why India by Aeroplane?

The Director of Civil Aviation, Sir Sefton Brancker, needed to travel to India to inspect the possibility of establishing airship facilities.

The R80 airship, first flown on 19 July 1920

The de Havilland Hire Service quoted a return price of £1,450 but a first class ticket on a P&O liner would be half that amount.  

Alan Cobham felt the Director of Civil Aviation should not have to travel by P&O liner because it was the cheaper option.  So he raised the additional £750 needed to travel by aeroplane from the aviation industry. 

Alan Cobham realised the importance of this momentous flight to the future of civil aviation.

Share your RAF Stories

Collecting stories throughout the world

Find out more
Shobha Earl

Shobha Earl

RAF Stories
Share your RAF Stories
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
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