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The Royal Air Force Museum London, commonly called the RAF Museum, is located on the former Hendon Aerodrome, with five major buildings and hangars dedicated to the history of aviation and the Royal Air Force.

A second collection of exhibits, plus aircraft restoration facilities, is housed at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford at RAF Cosford in Shropshire, five miles northwest of Wolverhampton.

RAF Museum London was officially opened at the Colindale (then part of Hendon) London site on 15 November 1972.

its location is on the former Hendon Aerodrome that was an important centre for aviation from 1908 to 1968. Hendon Aerodrome was known as a place of pioneering experiments including the first airmail, the first parachute descent from a powered aircraft, the first night flights, and the first aerial defence of a city.

Over the years, the collection increased at the Museum, and aircraft not on display at Hendon were stored or displayed at smaller local RAF station museums.

Today, the museum comprises five exhibition halls: 'Milestones of Flight', 'The Bomber Hall', 'Historic Hangars', 'The Battle of Britain Hall', and 'The Grahame-White Factory'.

As of 2010, the museum contains over 100 aircraft, including one of only two surviving Vickers Wellingtons left in the world and the Avro Lancaster S-Sugar, which flew 137 sorties. It also includes the only complete Hawker Typhoon and the only Boulton Paul Defiant in the world.

RAF Museum London Address & Travel
RAF Museum London
Grahame Park Way
Telephone: 020 8205 2266

RAF Museum London is only 30 minutes from Central London. Follow the brown and white tourist signs from M25, M1 (Junction 4 Southbound), A41, A5 and North Circular (A406) roads. The Satnav postcode is NW9 5QW.

There is a large car park on site. Since 1st April 2010 a small charge will be levied for cars parking at the museum.

Mill Hill Broadway is the nearest rail station and is a 20 minute walk away. The station is on the Luton/Kings Cross/Thameslink line. Trains are operated by First Capital Connect. First Capital Connect operates trains between London, Brighton, Bedford, Peterborough, Cambridge and King's Lynn.

The Museum is situated at Colindale Underground on the Edgware branch of the Northern Line. Please alight at Colindale, not Hendon Central. Colindale is in Zone 4. See London Underground Map

Route 303 passes the entrance to the Museum. Look at the entire route of the 303 bus on the TFL website. The bus stop for this service is located directly outside the exit of Colindale Underground station.

How much does it cost?
Admission is free to the RAF Museum London but there is a small car parking charge.

What are the Opening Hours?
The Opening Hours can be found on the official website.

For more information then visit the
Royal Air Force Museum London official website.

Accommodation: postcode - NW9 5QW

Museum Aircraft

Hangar 1:
de Havilland DH.9A (F1010)
Hawker Siddeley Gnat T.1 (XR977)
Lockheed Martin Joint Strike Fighter mockup
Short Sunderland MR.5 (ML824)
Supermarine Spitfire Vb (BL614)
Westland Sea King HAR.3 (XZ585)

Hangar 2 (Grahame-White Factory):
Albatros D.Va Replica ('D.7343/17')
Avro 504K (E449)
Bleriot XXVII (433)
Bristol F.2b Fighter (E2466)
Caudron G3 (3066)
Fokker DVII (8417/18)
Royal Aircraft Factory BE2b Replica (687)
Royal Aircraft Factory FE2b Replica (A6526)
Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 Replica ('A3930')
Royal Aircraft Factory SE5A (F938)
Sopwith F1 Camel (F6314)
Sopwith Dolphin 5F1 (C3988)
Sopwith Triplane (N5912)
Vickers FB5 Replica (2345)

Hangar 3 & 4 (Historic):
Avro Rota (K4232)
BAC Lightning F6 (XS925)
BAC Jet Provost T.5A (XW323)
Bristol Beaufighter TFX (RD253)
Bristol Beaufort VIII (DD931)
Bristol Bulldog MkIIA (K2227)
Bristol Sycamore HR.14 (XJ918)
Curtiss Kittyhawk IV (FX760)
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk (WP962)
de Havilland Vampire F.3 (VT812)
English Electric Canberra PR.3 (WE139)
Fiat CR.42 Falco (MM5701)
Gloster Gladiator II (N5628)
Gloster Meteor F.8 (WH301)
Hawker Hart II (J9941)
Hawker Hurricane I (P2617)
Hawker Hunter FGA.9 (XG154)
Hawker Tempest V (NV778)
Hawker Typhoon IB (MN235)
Lockheed Hudson IIIA (A16-199)
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2 (XV424)
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 (4101/DG200)
North American Harvard IIB (FE905)
Panavia Tornado F.3 (ZE887)
Republic Thunderbolt II (KL216)
Sikorsky R-4 (KL110)
Slingsby T-31B Cadet TX.3 C/N 844 (XA302)
Sopwith Snipe ('E6655')
Supermarine Southampton (N9899)
Supermarine Spitfire I (X4590)
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI (RW939, wears (TB675)
Supermarine Spitfire F.24 (PK724)
Supermarine Stranraer (920)
Taylorcraft Auster I (LB264)
Westland Belvedere HC.1 (XG474)
Westland Gazelle HT.3 (XW855)
Westland Wessex HCC.4 (XV732)
Westland Whirlwind HAR 10 (XP299)

Hangar 5 (Bomber Hall):
Airspeed Oxford I (MP425)
Avro Anson I (W2068)
Avro Lancaster 1 (R5868)
Avro Vulcan B.2 (XL318)
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress (44-8386)
Consolidated B-24L Liberator (KN751)
de Havilland Mosquito B35 (TJ138)
Fairey Battle (L5343)
Focke Wulf Fw 190A-8/U-1 (584219)
Handley Page Halifax II (W1048)
Handley Page Victor K2 nose (XM717)
Heinkel He 111H-20 (701152)
Heinkel He 162A-2 (VN679)
Junkers Ju87G-2 (494083)
Kawasaki Ki-100
Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4 (730301)
Messerschmitt Me 163B-1a Komet (191614)
Mitsubishi Ki-46 'Dinah'
North American P-51D Mustang (413317)
Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka

Hangar 6 (Age of Uncertainty):
BAe Harrier GR.9 (ZG477)
Boeing CH-47D Chinook fuselage (83-24104)
Eurofighter Typhoon prototype (ZH588)
General Atomics MQ-1B Predator (03-3119)
Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S2B (XW547)
Lockheed WC-130E Hercules cockpit (64-0553)
Panavia Tornado GR1B (ZA457)
SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1 (XX824)

Previously on display:
Agusta Westland AW101/EH-101 Merlin (G-OIOI / ZJ116)
Hawker Tempest II (PR536)
Slingsby Grasshopper
North American TB-25J Mitchell (34037)
Bristol Blenheim IV (L8756)
Percival Prentice

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