Thursday, 28 September 2017

Royal Air Force Museum - RAFM - October What's On


Franciszek Kornicki
Announcing the People's Spitfire Pilot
We are delighted to announce that over 350,000 votes were cast in 'The People’s Spitfire Pilot’ poll, which was hosted by the fantastic support of the Daily Telegraph Online.

The majority of votes were for Franciszek Kornicki, the last surviving Polish Air Force squadron commander who celebrated his 100th birthday in 2016.

A full-length cut out image of Franciszek Kornicki will now stand beside the iconic Spitfire Mk Vb (BL614), in a new exhibition which tells the story of the first 100 years of the Royal Air Force opening in 2018.

The stories of all the other pilots in the poll will also be told in the exhibition through a new online project 'RAF Stories'.
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Air Power in the Age of Uncertainty Lecture
Watching, Killing: The Evolution of RAF Drone Warfare in the 21st Century - 19 October
Dr Peter Lee, a noted expert on RAF drone operations, discusses 'Watching, Killing: The Evolution of RAF Drone Warfare in the 21st Century’.

The first part of this lecture will explore the interconnected features of the emerging Reaper Force. The second part will consider the future potential for a stable culture of remotely piloted aircraft operations as the RAF Reaper enters its second decade in service.

This lecture will be held at the Headquarters of the Royal Aeronautical Societyat No. 4 Hamilton Place, London W1J 7BQ at 6.30pm on Thursday 19 October 2017.

This lecture is free of charge but please pre-book, as seats are limited. Booking is quick and easy, click here.
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Air Power in the Age of Uncertainty Lecture
Airfix Make and Take: 23 - 27 October
This half term we will have a number of different models available suitable for both seasoned model makers and those new to Airfix.

Simply drop into the First World War in the Air Gallery, between 11am - 2pm and choose the aircraft you want to build and paint.

Suitable for ages 5+. Tickets are £3 per kit.
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Battle of Britain at Night
Museums at Night: 27 - 28 October
As part of the 'Museums at Night Festival', we will be holding two Open Cockpits evenings on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October from 6.30pm - 8.30pm.

Each evening will offer the opportunity to get a close up view of our iconic aircraft, sit in our helicopters and even peer inside our fast jets. Join us for one of our most popular evening events of the year!

Tickets can be purchased here from £13 - £30 with a 50p booking fee.
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William Robinson Clarke
William Robinson Clarke: Kingston Boy to Fly Boy - 29 October
Join us for a very special day, as we commemorate the centenary of the first African-Caribbean Pilot in the Royal Flying Corps to win his ‘wings'.

We will be holding a day of storytelling, music and dance that celebrates the best of Jamaican and Caribbean culture.  Listen to the sweet Calypso melodies of award-winning troubadour Alex D'Great, be captivated by the rhythmic Jamaican dance performed by IRIE! dance theatre and be enthralled by the stories, songs and music of Winston Nzinga.

We will be serving delicious West Indian food throughout the day and to complete the day, famous songs and music from the First World War will be played on the steel pans by St Michael and All Angels Steel Orchestra.

Curator Peter Devitt will be offering a fascinating insight into Robbie’s life with a talk about his achievements with a guided tour of our award-winning First World War in the Air Gallery, describing the lives of African-Caribbean and Asian aviators who flew during the conflict..

The event is free (no booking required).
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Colindale Underground Station is just 10mins walk from the site
Parking at our London Site
If you plan to visit us during October half term, please consider travelling by public transport.

Due to the extensive building works taking place as part the RAF Centenary Transformation Programme we are unable to guarantee a parking space during periods of high demand, particularly during half term and at weekends.

Please take either the Northern Line to Colindale Station or a mainline train to Mill Hill Broadway. The 303 bus will take you from both stations to our site or you can walk from there.
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