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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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We now have six charging points for electric vehicles
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
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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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Without you assistance we would not be able to care for our collections, read our varied audiences or share our objects with a world wide audience.
If you have any questions about supporting the RAF Museum, here you can find out how to contact our Fundraising Department.
The Royal Air Force Museum American Foundation ensures that the shared aviation heritage of the USA and the UK is kept alive in the memories of our two great nations.
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Between March 1910 and August 1914, 863 people learnt to fly in the United Kingdom qualifying for the Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate.
Both men and women could attend one of the many civilian flying schools competing for business. The courses on offer generally lasted two to three weeks and cost £75, which in today's money is £5,700. Learning to fly was an expensive hobby.
As this Grahame-White Aviation Company Limited brochure indicates the lessons were designed to build up a pupil's skill and confidence in handling an aircraft.
Ground based instruction in the cockpit was given and solo 'rolling' which involved taxiing the aeroplane along the ground was also taught. In the air the pupil first flew with an instructor.
For Navy and Army personnel advanced flying courses were held at the Central Flying School (CFS). These lasted several months.
Pupils were already qualified pilots and were taught to fly new types of aircraft. Flights with an instructor were followed by 20-30 minute solo flights at an altitude higher than 1500ft. Cross country flights were then undertaken.
Lectures were also attended. Subjects included aerial reconnaissance, map-reading and the role of aircraft in war. Practical sessions were completed in the workshop too.
Practical and written examinations were taken at the end of the course. On passing these the pupils graduated and received their flying brevet or Pilot's Wings.
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