The Earl of Wessex has opened the ‘world-class’ RAF Museum London, which has been redeveloped as part of the centenary celebrations of the Royal Air Force.
The revamped museum features three new galleries, a new learning centre, a new visitor centre including a cafe and shop, and a new restaurant in a 1930s RAF building at the heart of the site.
Visitors can test their flying skills, explore RAF stories and sit inside a cockpit at the free-to-enter attraction in Colindale, north west London.
Maggie Appleton, RAF Museum chief executive (pictured with the Earl), said: “Our new exhibitions not only explore the Royal Air Force’s extraordinary history and people, but also give visitors the opportunity to look ahead to the cutting-edge future of the service.
“The museum’s transformation is a celebration of the RAF’s breadth and diversity – and we look forward to welcoming visitors from London and beyond to experience it with us.”
Sir Peter Luff, chair of Heritage Lottery Fund, added: “As a pioneer and leader of international aviation, and in its centenary year, the Royal Air Force deserves a world-class museum. Now, thanks to National Lottery players, visitors can explore the powerful, inspiring and often surprising stories of the world’s oldest independent air force in a dynamic new setting.”
Exhibits include the Duke of Cambridge’s Sea King helicopter, from his days as a pilot in RAF Valley, while a new open, grassed landscape reflects the heritage of the site as The London Aerodrome and RAF Hendon.