Royal Air Force Museum

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The Royal Air Force Museum is the United Kingdom's air force museum . It is located at Hendon Airport in the North London borough of Barnet . There is also a branch in Cosford , Shropshire .

Permanent exhibition

Around 100 aircraft are on display in five large buildings , along with memorabilia, photos, etc. a.

The machines come not only from their own country, but also from the USA , Germany , France and Japan .


Bf 109 G-2

Due to the longstanding exhibition "Battle of Britain", German aircraft from World War II can still be seen:

  • Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-8 / U-1 , built in 1944 as a single-seater and converted to a two-seater in Poland in November of the same year. The aircraft was seized in Denmark in May 1945 and reached Farnborough in early September and apparently stored after a second flight to Brize Norton . The black 38 came to the Air Historical Branch collection as early as 1946 and was shown on commemorative days in 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1970. During the restoration in 1972 there was still fuel in the tanks. After further exhibitions and an engine overhaul in 1984, the aircraft was also demonstrated with the engine running until it came to Hendon in 1989. A single seat aircraft is located in Cosford.
  • Heinkel He 111 H-20 , serial number 701152, version for 16 paratroopers, was flown to Cherbourg in May 1945 to be shipped to the USA, but this did not materialize due to lack of space. On July 2, 1945, the aircraft came to RAF Boxted, Essex for the 56th Fighter Wing Group. Flown several times in August with US markings and fantasy paintwork and flown out to North Weald for rescue when all aircraft of the unit were scrapped and flown for the last time, now with British markings, to Farnborough on November 3, 1945 . Disassembled in 1947 and shown publicly in 1954 and several times, until 1978 in the black paintwork preserved in 1945. Then redesigned in Hendon. The turret is missing, which was apparently removed in 1967 to give the aircraft a 1940 look when the film Battle of Britain was being made.
  • Heinkel He 162 A-2 in London
  • Junkers Ju52 / 3M (CASA 352L) in Cosford
  • Junkers Ju 87 G-2 in London
  • Junkers Ju 88 R-1 (night fighter) at Cosford
  • Messerschmitt Bf 109 E-3 "Black Twelve", serial number 4101. The aircraft was attacked on November 27, 1940 by Spitfires of 66th Squadron, had thrown its 250 kg bomb into the water and belly landed at RAF Manston . Repaired at Rolls-Royce in Hucknall with rear parts from another machine supplemented and tested as DG200 from February 1941 to September 1943 and used for familiarization flights. Then stored as a museum aircraft and shown over the years on various occasions, until 1978 it remained in Hendon.
  • Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-2
  • Messerschmitt Bf 110 G-2
  • Messerschmitt Me 163 B-1a Comet
  • Messerschmitt Me 262 A-2a swallow
  • Messerschmitt Me 410 A-1 / U2
  • Fokker D.VII , a machine left behind in Ostend at the end of the First World War, which was rescued after civilian use in the 1930s.

In the museum in Cosford there is a Fieseler Fi 156 Storch , which was flown in England until 1955 when spare parts problems began to emerge. The Focke-Achgelis Fa 330 can also be seen there . It was one of three of the autogiros that were stored in Farnborough in the 1960s, they came shortly to Hendon and later to Cosford.


In 1912, the country's first flight school was founded on the site . After World War I , Hendon was the location of the popular Hendon Air Show . The museum was opened on November 15, 1972 by Queen Elizabeth II .

See also

Web links

Commons : RAF Museum London  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files
Commons : RAF Museum Cosford  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ RAF Museum Aircraft Collection ( Memento from December 18, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  2. FOCKE WULF FW190 F-8 / U1 W / NR.584219 / AIR MINISTRY 29 / 8470MMUSEUM ACCESSION NUMBER 1990/0696 / A , RAF Museum Homepage, accessed on November 1, 2019
  3. HEINKEL He111 H-20 / R1 701152 / 8471M MUSEUM ACCESSION NUMBER 78 / A / 1033 , RAF Hendon Homepage, accessed on November 28, 2019
  4. MESSERSCHMITT Bf109E-4 / BW / NR.4101 / DG200 / 8477M MUSEUM ACCESSION NUMBER 78 / AF / 624 , RAF Hendon Homepage, accessed on November 28, 2019
  5. FOKKER DVII OAW 8417/18 / 9207M MUSEUM ACCESSION NUMBER 75 / AF / 804 , RAF Hendon Homepage, accessed on May 2, 2020
  6. FIESLER FI-156-C-7 STORCH W / NR.475081 / AM101 / VP546 / 7362M MUSEUM ACCESSION NUMBER 1989/0315 / AF , RAF Hendon Homepage, accessed on May 2, 2020
  7. FOCKE ACHGELIS FA330 A-1 BACHSTELZE 8469MMUSEUM ACCESSION NUMBER 75 / AF / 805 , RAF Museum website, accessed on November 2, 2019

Coordinates: 51 ° 35 ′ 56 ″  N , 0 ° 14 ′ 19 ″  W.