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Enjoy lunch in Refuel with views overlooking the airfield. The Cold War Cafe in the National Cold War Exhibition is ideal for morning coffee and a cake.
The Royal Air Force Museum Shop has a gift for everyone from pocket money toys to specialist aviation gifts.
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Discover our brand new green space in which to picnic and relax
Explore our brand new outdoor playground
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
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.
Specially created for visitors 3 - 8 by our Access and Learning Team
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In 1917 the first uniformed women's services were established. For the majority of duties undertaken by Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) personnel, for example, there was little need for specialised working clothes and a coat-frock was worn.
For duties requiring that the uniform be protected such as cooking, aircraft doping or servicing, wrap-around, loose cotton overall coats were provided. The driving of motor vehicles also required women to be provided with breeches for use on motorcycles and heavy outer coats, hats and gloves for protection against the weather.
During the Second World War those serving with the Women's Auxiliary Air Force were proud to wear their Air Force blue female uniform. This proved rather impractical however for the wide variety of work being undertaken which ranged from hefty and strenuous work on barrage balloon sites to delicate and precise instrument repairs.
The women were soon issued with overall suits, dust and kitchen coats, slacks and other working clothing to wear over or instead of their uniforms.
It was only from the mid 1950s that women's uniform started to take fashion into account. Softer lines, a less military appearance, more tailoring, an Air Hostess style cap, the disappearance of opaque stockings and the optional use of Court shoes all contributed to this trend.
Following the full integration of women into the Royal Air Force in 1994 and the expectation that women would be employed in the same Trades as men, this trend has been reversed to a large degree. Disruptive Pattern Material Combat clothing has imposed upon all members of the Service an anonymity, equality and functionality which takes no account of gender.
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