Archive for January, 2024

Last chance for savings on tickets!

Monday, January 29th, 2024

RIAT Savings

Savings come to an end on the 31st…

You have until midnight on Wednesday 31st January to grab yourself a discount on tickets or enclosures. Once they are gone, they are gone – so be quick to secure your ticket!
End of all discounted Saturday prices

Saturday Early Bird General Admission tickets will be ending on Wednesday 31st January, going up to full price.
At the same time, our 5% off offers on all Saturday enclosures will also be coming to an end.

We have limited availability on a number of Saturday enclosure upgrades, with many close to selling out. So secure your place now at the best possible price.

Operation Percy: Celebrating 80 Years

Thursday, January 25th, 2024

RAF Museum Operation Percy

Date: 29 January – 29 February 2024 (Registration now open)
Cost: £20 per person / £15.00 Armed Forces entry

If your new year’s resolution is to get active, why not join forces with the RAF Museum for Operation Percy, a brand-new fundraising challenge!

Those taking part in Operation Percy will be challenged to complete 80KM or 80 laps in honour of Percy the Parachuting Penguin, the lucky mascot of Flight Lieutenant Stan Chapman of 158 Squadron Royal Air Force. The challenge will commence on 29 January, exactly 80 years since Stan and Percy’s daring parachute escape from a damaged Halifax Bomber.

Once signed up, participants will each receive a welcome pack and exclusive RAF Museum running T-shirt allowing you to complete the challenge in style. Pledge to fundraise £80 for the RAF Museum, and once you’ve hit your fundraising target you will be rewarded with a limited-edition Operation Percy commemorative coin. Challengers will have until the leap year on 29 February to complete the distance.

Percy is one of several lucky mascots on display at the RAF Museum, each with a remarkable tale to tell. Percy’s story began over Berlin on 29 January 1944, when the Halifax HX333 ‘J Jane’ he was on board was hit by flak and badly damaged. Flt Lt Stan Chapman quickly tucked his lucky mascot, Percy the Penguin, inside his flying jacket and parachuted out. They landed safely and were soon captured by German soldiers and spent the rest of the War as prisoners in Germany. Stan believed Percy was lucky because he and all his crew mates survived being shot down that night. The element of risk involved with flying, especially in wartime, is why over the years aviators try to ward off bad luck by having lucky charms or mascots.

RAF Museum Individual Giving Manager, Sophie Wallace said:
‘Support and fundraising from challengers will help the RAF Museum keep stories like Stan and Percy’s alive and shared for many years to come. Challenges like this are a great way for us to share some of the more unknown stories of the RAF, while raising vital funds. Registrations for Operation Percy are now open, and participants can take part in this virtual challenge anywhere in the world, and run, walk, cycle, or swim their way to victory. Those who want to see the real Percy and find out more about his story can visit the RAF Museum Midlands where he’s on public display.’

Let’s make Percy proud! For more information and to register for Operation Percy visit
Entry costs £20 per person and all proceeds go towards supporting the RAF Museum’s mission to preserve the stories of the RAF and the brave men and women who served. Members of the Armed Forces Community (Cadets, serving personnel, veterans, and reservists) can register for the discounted rate of £15.00.

RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre 2024 Open Days

Sunday, January 21st, 2024

RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre

2024 Open Day Schedule:

The 2024 schedule of Heritage Centre openings, which begins on Easter Sunday, is included below:

First Open day – March 31st Easter Sunday

Sunday, 14th of April

Sunday, 28th of April

Sunday, 12th of May

Sunday, 26th of May

Sunday, 9th of June

Sunday, 23rd of June

Sunday, 14th of July

Sunday, 28th of July

Sunday, 11th of August

Sunday, 25th of August

Bank Holiday Monday 26th of August

Sunday, 15th of September

Sunday 29th of September

Sunday 13th of October

Sunday 27th of October

Final Open day November 10th Remembrance Sunday
Note that the Centre will be open from 10am until 4pm on each of these days. Parking and entrance will be Free, and disabled access and toilets will be available.

Harvard news round-up from Newark

Monday, January 8th, 2024

Newark Harvard

The long-term in-depth restoration of the North American Harvard II B in Newark Air Museum’s on site workshop continues and recently work has been undertaken on preparing to refit the restored nose cowlings to the fuselage.

The previous owners had modified the cowling fixtures and fittings, which has been challenging the museum’s team of volunteers. However, a recent glimpse into the Workshop indicates that
progress is being made.

The airframe being restored is 42-12417 (Dutch AF B-163 and RCAF FE930) and the restoration programme is now well underway, with rumours of a potential reassembly being made sometime this year.

10% off enclosures selling fast

Monday, January 8th, 2024

RIAT Enclosures

15% off enclosures is now gone… hurry before 10% off goes too
Our 15% off enclosures offer has now ended, however you can still get up to 10% off if you buy your tickets today.

You’ll have to be quick though as we’re selling fast.

Sold Out:
Saturday Cotswold Club
Saturday Aviation Club
Saturday First Class Lounge
Saturday Lightning Pavilion

Others are hot on their heels. So don’t delay get yours today!