RAF Museum, Hendon

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The Royal Air Force Museum (RAF Museum) is a museum dedicated to the history of aviation, and the British Royal Air Force in particular.

The museum is spread over two sites;

The RAF Museum Hendon at Hendon in north London

The RAF Museum Cosford at RAF Cosford in Shropshire

The museum was officially opened at the Hendon site on November 15, 1972 by Her Majesty The Queen.

The hangars housed just 36 aircraft at opening. Over the years, the collection increased and aircraft were stored at RAF stations around the country when they were not on display. While they were being so stored, these aircraft were not publicly displayed.

On May 1, 1979, the Cosford site was opened at RAF Cosford, one of the RAF stations which had been used to store the museum’s collection of aircraft. In 1980, the Cosford site agreed to house the British Airways Museum collection, which is still displayed there today.


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