Offers extended for one more week

March 4th, 2024

RIAT Offers extended

RAF Museum supports National Lottery Open Week #ThanksToYou campaign

March 4th, 2024

RAF Museum Flight Simulator

• The National Lottery Open Week runs 9-17 March 2024
• Any National Lottery ticket, Scratchcard or Instant Win Game can be used to unlock offers
• The RAF Museum is offering lottery players two for one on Flight Simulator and 4D Theatre rides, plus 10% off in the Museum shop and restaurant

This March, The National Lottery, in its 30th year, will once again be saying thank you to players for the £30 million they raise for good causes every week, with the National Lottery Open Week. The focus this year is on encouraging the nation to try something new, by offering an array of free entry and special offers at hundreds of National Lottery funded venues across the UK.

From Saturday 9 to Sunday 17 March, anyone with a valid online or retail National Lottery ticket, Scratchcard or Instant Win Game can enjoy a low-cost day out thanks to special offers at hundreds of National Lottery-funded venues and attractions, including the RAF Museum in both London and the Midlands.

Visit the RAF Museum this National Lottery Open Week and enjoy flying entertainment for the whole family, with two for one tickets on Flight Simulator and 4D Theatre rides. Experiences include flying with the Red Arrows in the amazing 4D theatre, combining motion picture with physical effects. Or feel the speed and agility of the Eurofighter Typhoon onboard the Flight Simulator, with a pilot’s eye view from the cockpit. It’s guaranteed family fun for thrill-seekers of all ages!

National Lottery ticket holders will also receive 10% off in the Museum shop for the duration of the Open Week. Receive money off an extensive collection of clothing, gifts, models and kits, home and kitchenware, toys, games, jewellery and much more!

After exploring the hangars at the Museums Midlands site, relax and refuel in the onsite restaurant and enjoy 10% off a great selection of food and drink, including barista coffees, homemade cakes, hot lunches or snacks from the deli. To redeem your discounts at the Museum, simply show your National Lottery ticket, Scratchcard or Instant Win Game to a member of staff.

The RAF Museum is currently progressing plans to deliver a major regional engagement programme, alongside a site transformation at its Midlands site, supported by an investment from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The development will transform the Midlands site with an immersive exhibition exploring today’s RAF, a new Learning Centre will provide bespoke facilities, and a purpose-built Collections Hub will enable the Museum’s stored collection to be shared with the public for the first time. The complementary development of a woodland landscape and new public realm will encourage outdoor learning, discovery, and contemplation.

Barry Smith, Director of Visitor and Commercial Development at RAF Museum said:
‘We’re thrilled to be taking part in the National Lottery Open Week this year. As with many other organisations across the UK, The National Lottery has directly helped us, with the funding enabling us to begin progressing plans for our Inspiring Everyone: RAF Museum Midlands Development Programme. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has bought a National Lottery ticket, making a vital contribution to good causes and in turn, supporting us. We’re looking forward to welcoming players at the RAF Museum during Open Week.’

To view all venues and offers that are available throughout The National Lottery Open Week, visit The RAF Museum is open daily from 10.00am and admission is free.

Terms and conditions and booking instructions across special offers will vary, check the individual offer listing for details.

First formation display team confirmed…

March 3rd, 2024

RIAT Midnight Hawks

The Midnight Hawks are confirmed!

Here at RIAT HQ, we are thrilled to announce our first formation display team, with the Finnish Air Force’s Midnight Hawks joining us for the first time since 2017.
We’re sure the four-ship aerobatics team will be a popular addition for visitors at RAF Fairford this year.

This week we also revealed two aircraft for the static display, with the first being a retired Turbo Firecat (shown left), which making its RIAT debut after recently retiring from service as a water bomber for Sécurité Civile in France. Secondly, we have an ex-QinetiQ Gazelle from Gazelle Squadron joining under our Pushing the Boundaries in Air and Space theme.

STAAR Programme: Propelling Young Minds into Aerospace

February 28th, 2024

STAAR at RAF Museum

Register online at (applications close 29 March)
Residential 22-26 July / 29 July-2 August

Students from across the UK have a chance to explore aerospace engineering and technology during a summer residential, delivered by the Royal Air Force Museum in partnership with Northrop Grumman in the UK.

Designed to engage and inspire young minds, the RAF Museum’s Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency (STAAR) programme offers participants a unique opportunity to discover the exciting world of aerospace.

Specifically tailored for Year 9 (Scottish S3) students aged 14-15 with a keen interest in STEM, STAAR participants will engage in a series of hands-on activities, including flight simulators, flying drones, exploring aviation engineering, and behind-the-scenes access to the Museum and RAF Cosford. This immersive approach enables participants to explore and enrich their knowledge and understanding of aerospace in a stimulating environment.

During this once-in-a-life-time opportunity, STAAR recruits will be challenged with a series of tasks, encouraging them to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios. Industry experts in STEM along with RAF personnel will be on hand to mentor participants, sharing valuable insights and experiences.

With a limit of 40 places available, the immersive five-day residential experience will run over two weeks between 22-26 July and 29 July-2 August, with 20 students each week. In addition to the daytime learning, a series of social activities including sports and movie nights will be available each evening, helping STAAR participants build new friendships and improve their teamwork.

Lucy Watkiss, Access & Learning Officer (STAAR & History) at RAF Museum Midlands said:
‘The STAAR programme is not just a fantastic educational opportunity, it’s a journey into the thrilling world of aviation that we hope will inspire and shape the next generation of aviators, engineers, and innovators. By providing a first hand experience of the aviation world, we aim to not only cultivate a love for STEM but also inspire young individuals to pursue their dreams.’

Nick Chaffey, Chief Executive of Northrop Grumman UK said:
‘It is a pleasure to continue our partnership with the Royal Air Force Museum on our groundbreaking STAAR programme, now in its seventh year. STAAR is a unique opportunity to learn, experience and apply STEM subjects taught in the classroom to the real world of engineering. This inspiring programme aims to encourage more students to study STEM subjects, as well as develop a clearer view of the career opportunities and pathways that await them. At Northrop Grumman our mission is to define possible every day. We are a global team of pioneers with a passion for science, engineering, and technology at our heart, and we are constantly working to share that passion with young people across the UK.’

The STAAR programme is fully funded (including travel, food and accommodation) by Northrop Grumman,
with the support of the Northrop Grumman Foundation, and in partnership with the RAF Museum. The residential week will be delivered at the Museum’s Midlands site and on base at RAF Cosford, with support from TA Education.

Applications for the STAAR programme are now open. Students who have an aptitude in STEM subjects who would like to take part in STAAR must complete an online application form, in conjunction with a teacher, school representative or organisation leader. Applications close on 29 March.

For more information on the STAAR programme visit

More additions to the RIAT line-up

February 25th, 2024


This week, we have a great update for aviation enthusiasts with a pair of Spanish Air Force SF-5M Freedom Fighters joining our static display.

In July, they will feature alongside a host of aircraft from other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) nations as we celebrate their 75th anniversary this summer.
Also included in this week’s announcement, we have additions from the Czech Air Force.

Firstly, their popular SAAB Gripen will be taking part in the flying display, Plus, an L-159 ALCA will be on static display across the weekend.

Our final update is a trio of HM Coastguard helicopters from Bristow Helicopters, including a brand new AW139.

Fleet Air Arm Museum launches new app featuring over 100 years of pioneering Royal Navy flying

February 21st, 2024

Fleet Air Arm Museum App

• The collections explorer app means the museum joins more than 250 iconic cultural institutions around the globe on the Bloomberg Connects app
• Joining the platform is a museum first for The National Museum of the Royal Navy
• Bloomberg Connects makes it easy to access and enjoy arts and culture from mobile devices when visiting in person, or anytime from anywhere.

In a first for The National Museum of the Royal Navy, its Somerset-based Fleet Air Arm Museum has launched a new digital guide on Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and cultural app created by Bloomberg Philanthropies, joining a global community of over 250 cultural institutions.

The Bloomberg Connects app, available for download from Google Play or the App Store, makes the Fleet Air Arm Museum which is Europe’s largest naval aviation museum, accessible for either onsite or offsite visits through photographs, audio and video features offering insights into over 100 years of pioneering Royal Navy flying history.

Elliott Bailey, Public Programming Manager at Fleet Air Arm Museum explained:
“The Bloomberg Connects App will allow our visitors to access more content from our collection than ever before, with expertly curated audio, video and text content being available for visitors to enhance their museum experience- be that on site or from home on their personal device. As a supplement to our guide book, it enables visitors to get the very most from their visit.”

“Practically this will help our visitors to scope out our exhibitions before their visit, better explore and navigate our collections during their visit, and further engage with our museum from home after their visit. Future plans include expanding the content to show aircraft and other collection items which are not currently on display.”

Set amongst four vast aircraft hangars, Fleet Air Arm Museum is home to Europe’s largest naval aviation collection. With veteran aircraft like the Sopwith Pup and Supermarine Seafire which helped secure victory in two world wars, helicopters that saw action in the Falklands to up-to-date and award-winning Aircraft Carrier Experience, visitors also get a fascinating view across to busy air station RNAS Yeovilton.

New to the museum is the chance to see conservation in action as an extinct aircraft is bought back to life. Not a single complete Barracuda aircraft exists in the world today and its legend will live on with Barracuda Live: The Big Rebuild as the Barracuda DP872 is reconstructed in the new Arthur Kimberley Viewing Gallery.

Legendary naval aviator and war hero Captain Eric “Winkle” Brown who was renowned for flying 487 different types of aircraft – a world record that is unlikely to be matched – is just one of the fleet air arm pilots featured at the museum which also includes his Vampire aircraft, the first jet to land on the deck of an aircraft carrier in 1945.

The Bloomberg Connects app is available for download from Google Play or the App Store

Boxted Airfield Museum Guided Walks for 2024

February 21st, 2024

Boxted Airfield Museum

We have two guided walks planned for 2024:

Sunday 14 April and Sunday 15 September

Guided walk approx 2 hours long to view buildings and parts of airfield not normally open.

Start at 11.00 from museum.
Tea & coffee and viewing of museum included.
£8 per person. booking essential . Phone 07503952354

Special Events for 2024 at RAF Sculthorpe Heritage Centre

February 19th, 2024

RAF Sculthorpe Heritage Centre

Join us at RAF Sculthorpe Heritage Centre for our Grand Re-opening at on Sunday 5th May. At 09.30 we will be opening our new building with all new displays and history of RAF Sculthorpe and our brand new AYA cafe and American Tuck shop.

On Sunday the 11th of August, we will be hosting our 1st Annual Anglo American Day, featuring:

Squadrons from Mildenhall and Lakenheath.
The first running of a R3350 engine in the UK for sometime.
Come meet Norwichs American Football Team.
Classic American vehicles
Military vehicles
Cold War Reenactment
Live music

Contact us for further details:

Fantastic additions to our static display

February 18th, 2024

RIAT Hunter

This week, we add four fantastic civilian operated aircraft to our static line-up.

Pictured above, we have the iconic Hawker Hunter returning to the show. Operated by many North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Air Arms during its early years, we thought it would only be fitting to have one at the show as we celebrate their 75th anniversary.

Joining our theme of ‘Pushing the Boundaries in Air and Space’, we have another aircraft used for scientific research.

After its debut last year, we are very happy to welcome back Cranfield University’s SAAB 340 aircraft, a fully capable flying laboratory.

Painting unveiled by HRH Prince Michael for Concorde Delta-Golf’s 50th Birthday Celebrations at Brooklands Museum

February 16th, 2024

Brooklands Delta Golf

This February half term, Brooklands Museum have been celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Concorde G-BBDG’s (affectionately known as ‘Delta-Golf). On the 13th February 1974, Delta-Golf took to the skies for the first time in a short flight from Filton to Fairford. Over the school holidays a range of activities took place at the museum to commemorate this occasion including the unveiling of a specially commissioned painting and a World record attempt at gathering Concorde models.

In October 2003, British Airways formally offered Concorde G-BBDG to Brooklands for restoration and display. By June 2004, after much organisation and planning, all the disassembled sections of the airframe had been safely transported the 125 miles by road to the museum. Following a lengthy and costly restoration Delta Golf was formally opened to the public in July 2006 by Museum patron HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

It was therefore very fitting that on the 50th anniversary of her maiden flight that Prince Michael would return to the museum to officially unveiled a newly commissioned painting. The Museum asked renowned aviation artist Simon W Atack AGAVA to bring Delta-Golf over Brooklands to life. He certainly met his brief. When the painting was revealed at an intimate gathering of former Concorde pilots, engineers and air crew, gasps of amazement could be heard at the sight of an immaculate Delta Golf flying high above the Brooklands site.

The guests included the following personnel, many of whom will be well known to Concorde enthusiasts;
• HRH Prince Michael of Kent (Royal Patron of Brooklands Museum)
• Captain Mike Bannister (Chief Concorde Pilot)
• Artist – Simon Atack
• Captain Richard Owen
• Captain Ian Smith
• Captain Tony Heald
• Captain Paul Griffin
• Captain Jock Lowe
• Captain Neil Rendall
• Captain John Tye
• Warren Hazelby (Chief Concorde Flight Engineer)
• Carl Percey (Senior Service Concorde Engineer)
• Dr Ben Spencer MP for Runnymede and Weybridge
• Mayor of Elmbridge Cllr Richard Williams
• Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux
• Mr Alex Patterson CEO Brooklands Museum

The Museum was delighted to share that the painting will also be available as a limited-edition print, signed by the artist, and the impressive gathering of former Concorde Pilots. This is the first time that Brooklands Museum has commissioned a limited-edition print, the proceeds of which will help to ensure the future preservation of it’s exhibits including the only Concorde open to the public in the south of England.

In addition to the painting unveiling there were several Concorde based activities during the day including the regular on-board tours and a nose drop. The enthusiastic crowd were treated to two nose drops on the day, the first was operated by HRH Prince Michael whilst the honour of the second was given to a very lucky raffle winner. Finally, members of the public were also invited to bring their personal models of Concorde and set them up under Delta Golf for a unique photo opportunity.

If you would like to visit Delta Golf and the incredible collection of aircraft and historic motor racing cars, then you can find more information out at You can also purchase a copy of the incredible piece of artwork and help to support the museum.

Report by Lee Chapman