Through Adversity to the Stars – New group tour
Includes Guided Tour and Refreshments at the RAF Museum Hendon
The history of the Hendon site starts over 150 years ago in August 1862, when Henry Treacey Coxwell took a group on a balloon flight from the present-day Hendon site. In was not a good start – suffering from light winds they only just reached a field near Mill Hill.
Aviation returned to Hendon in 1910 in the form of British aviation pioneer Claude Grahame-White, who laid the foundations for the development of the Hendon site that was soon christened “The London Aerodrome”. Many famous aviation personalities (not least Geoffrey de Havilland) came to Hendon and the fledgling airfield hosted nine Air Displays in the years leading up to World War I, before being requisitioned for pilot training and the air defence of London. Aircraft were also manufactured here including Morane-Saulnier Type H monoplanes and the Royal Aircraft Factory BE.2c.
Aircraft production and civilian flying training continued post-war until the airfield became an RAF station in 1927. As World War II unfolded, Hendon was a Fighter Command station: Hurricanes flew from Hendon at the height of the Battle of Britain and later in the war USAF units moved in as Hendon became home to transport and communications squadrons.
With the return of peacetime, and despite the steady encroachment of urban London on the already cramped airfield site, flying continued at RAF Hendon, with the last aircraft using the site as late as 1968. Today, Hendon is best known as home of the RAF Museum, housed in part in the historic First World War hangars and widely regarded as one of the world’s premier aviation collections.
Dates throughout 2020 & 2021
Suggested Itinerary by Coach
Travel to London
Make your way to Central London – if your routing permits start your tour with another aeronautical attraction, such as the Imperial War Museum Duxford near Cambridge, the Imperial War Museum in South London or the De Havilland Aircraft Museum at St Albans (closed Monday)
All of which offer a great display or aircraft from yesteryear .
Continue to your hotel, either in Central London or on the outskirts, with an optional dinner this evening
Royal Air Force Museum
Breakfast in the hotel
Drive to North London and a visit to The Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon, North London – Britain’s only national museum dedicated to telling the story of the RAF and its people.
The three new innovative galleries explore the first 100 years of the RAF, its role today and invite visitors to imagine its future contribution and technology.
The rest of the site including the multi award-winning First World War in the Air Galleries, Historic Hangars and Bomber Command Hall are also open – offering a great day out to all our visitors.
You can explore the RAF’s story through the programme of events, lectures and temporary exhibitions throughout the year. The staff and volunteers are available to help you have a great time.
We offer a selection of hotels in the Watford, Wembley and the surrounding areas, including the Jurys Inn, Mercure and Hilton Watford, Novotel and Ibis Wembley and Holiday Inn Brent Cross.
|1 nights / 2 days|
|2020 Dates||From £59.00 per person|
|2021 Dates||From £59.00 per person|
Dinner available at the hotel or nearby – supplement applies, please contact us for details.
Supplement for Single occupancy room applies
Prices shown are for Sunday arrivals – this tour is also available for arrivals on any day of the week, though prices may be higher
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