Operation Percy

80KM or 80 laps to celebrate 80 years

29 January - 29 February 2024

After a cold and dark January, get fired up for February with our brand new virtual challenge!

Complete Operation Percy by covering 80km or 80 laps over the month of February, and raise £80, to help keep the RAF Museum flying.

The virtual fundraising challenge will start on the 29 January and you will have a month to complete your distance target. You can get started on fundraising as soon as you sign up!

About Percy

Percy the penguin was the lucky mascot of Flight Lieutenant Stan Chapman of 158 Squadron. 29 January 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of Percy (and Stan) parachuting out of a Halifax Bomber after it was badly damaged.  

Stanley landed safely, but was immediately captured by German soldiers and spent the rest of the War as a prisoner. Percy, too, was taken prisoner; he was held onto by the prison guards before eventually being returned to his owner. Both Stan and Percy survived the war and made their way home together safely.  

Thanks to the work and care of the RAF Museum, Percy is still on display today to help tell his tale and celebrate his 80th anniversary.

Your fundraising and support will help the Museum keep these stories alive and enable them to be shared for many years to come.

Whether you decide to run, walk, cycle or swim your way to the finish line we will be there to cheer you on. This is a virtual challenge so you can take part anywhere in the world.

How does a Fundraising Challenge work?

Once you sign up to take part, you will automatically be registered with a fundraising page. This will enable you to track your distances, share your adventures with friends on social media and fundraise for us.

Once you have registered, we will send you your welcome pack, which includes an RAF Museum running T-shirt. Please remember to take photos while completing Operation Percy and share with us - we love to see everyone getting involved!

Everyone who reaches their fundraising target will receive a certificate and a very special surprise in the post to say thank you.   

Please note: fundraising packs will be sent out from mid-January.

Entry information

Entry costs £20 per person and all proceeds will go towards the RAF Museum to enable us to continue telling the story of the RAF and the thousands of service men and women who served in it.  

Our Armed Forces Community (Cadets, serving personnel, veterans, and reservists) will have the chance to enter at a discounted rate of £15.00. 

Those of you taking part overseas will need to choose the “Overseas Entry”, which will include postage to your destination. Please allow extra time for delivery.

Standard Entry


Armed Forces Entry


Standard Overseas Entry **


Armed Forces Overseas Entry**


**must live outside of the UK 

Fundraising t-shirt size chart

For any questions please see our FAQs by clicking here, or email us at fundraising@rafmuseum.org