Taking Flight


"The quality of the RAF front line pilot is entirely dependent on their training.

Without first class instructors, flying the most effective training aircraft, this quality would be difficult to achieve. These aircraft and the instructors are the building blocks upon which the best traditions of the service are founded."

Royal Air Force 2010

Using material from the Museum's Archive collection this exhibition highlights how Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force personnel have learnt to fly since the pioneering years of flight to the present day.

Can you help?

We would like to add first-hand accounts of flying training to the Museum's Archive collection. Did you learn to fly during the Post-War or Modern period? If so, we would love to hear from you. If you'd like to help do email us: research@rafmuseum.org

Training aircraft

Pilots wings

Archive Awareness Campaign

Did you know?Did you know?

The original Royal Flying Corps Pilot's brevet or Pilot's Wings was designed by senior officers General Sir Frederick Sykes and General Sir David Henderson.

3 Pilots 1 War

Discover the amazing story of three First World War Pilots

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 Bernard Rice

Bernard Rice

First World War Pilot
3 Pilots 1 War