Royal Air Force Museum Hendon

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Key Facts

Location:
Hendon, Greater London
SatNav: Region:
NW9 5LL Greater London
Country:
United Kingdom
Admission:
Public
Category: Only Aviation:
Specific Operator Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 115 Open

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What’s Here

Located at the famous former RAF airfield, the RAF Museum houses a comprehensive collection of absolutely immaculate and well presented aircraft which were operated by, or associated with, the Royal Air Force. In addition to the main Historic Hangars exhibition, there are halls devoted to the Battle of Britain and Bomber Command.

A new ‘Milestones of Flight’ hall, which opened in December 2003, focuses on the development of military aviation over the past century. The newly opened ‘Grahame-White’ hangar is a Grade II listed building, which formed part of the original Grahame-White Aircraft Factory on the old Hendon Aerodrome site. Dismantled, relocated and completely restored, it was one of the first purpose-built aircraft factories. It is used to display a number of First World War aircraft.

As well as the aircraft, there are many interesting exhibits and memorabilia portraying the history of the RAF and its personnel. Exhibitions and special events are staged throughout the year. A variety of exciting and stimulating hands-on activities for children are on offer during the school holidays.

Directions

On Grahame Park Way, Hendon, London. Well signposted from the end of the M1.

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Visiting

Opening Hours:

Daily 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, except 24-26 December and 1 January.

Admission:

All admission is now free.

Amenities:

Toilets, Parking, Cafe, Picnic Area, Souvenir shop, Access for the disabled.

The Battle of Britain Hall
(photo, Allan Barley)
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 4101
(photo, Allan Barley)
Boulton Paul Defiant I N1671
(photo, Allan Barley)
Gloster Gladiator II K8042
(photo, Allan Barley)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
Entrance:
‘BE421’ Hawker Hurricane IIb BAPC.205 FSM Displayed
‘MH486’ Supermarine Spitfire IX BAPC.206 FSM Displayed
Milestones of Flight:
‘164’ Bleriot XI BAPC.106 Complete Displayed
G-AAMX de Havilland DH.60GM Gipsy Moth G-AAMX Complete Displayed
TJ138 de Havilland Mosquito TT.35 TJ138 Complete Displayed
ZH588 Eurofighter Typhoon DA2 ZH588 Complete Displayed
8417/18 Fokker D.VII 8417/18 Complete Displayed
‘J9941’ Hawker Hart G-ABMR Complete Displayed
NV778 Hawker Tempest TT.5 NV778 Complete Displayed
XZ997 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 XZ997 Complete Displayed
16336 Kawasaki Ki-100-1b 8476M/BAPC.83 Complete Displayed
‘413317’ North American P-51D Mustang 44-74409/N51RT Complete Displayed
112372 Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a 112372 Complete Displayed
10639 Messerschmitt Bf 109G 10639 Complete Displayed
‘G-AEXF’ Percival Mew Gull Replica Displayed
Santos Dumont ‘Nulli Secundus’ airship Gondola Displayed
KK995 Sikorsky Hoverfly I KK995 Complete Displayed
F6314 Sopwith Camel F6314 Complete Displayed
Supermarine Spitfire IX FSM Displayed
Bomber Hall:
MP425 Airspeed Oxford I MP425 Complete Displayed
‘W2068’ Avro Anson I ? Complete Displayed
R5868 Avro Lancaster I R5868 Complete Displayed
XL318 Avro Vulcan B.2 XL318 Complete Displayed
483868 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 483868 Complete Displayed
KN751 Consolidated B-24L Liberator KN751 Complete Displayed
L5343 Fairey Battle I L5343 Complete Displayed
584219 Focke-Wulf Fw 190F-8/U1 584219 Complete Displayed
W1048 Handley Page Halifax II W1048 Complete Displayed
XM717 Handley Page Victor K.2 XM717 Nose Displayed
XW547 Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.2B XW547 Complete Displayed
120227 Heinkel He 162A-2 120227 Complete Displayed
‘34037’ North American TB-25N Mitchell N9115Z Complete Displayed
‘687’ RAF BE.2b BAPC.181 Reproduction Displayed
MF628 Vickers Wellington T.10 MF628 Complete Displayed
Historic Hangars:
XW855 Aerospatiale Gazelle HT.2 XW855 Complete Displayed
K4232 Avro Rota (Cierva C.30A) K4232 Complete Displayed
XW323 BAC Jet Provost T.5A XW323 Complete Displayed
‘ZA718’ Boeing CH-47D Chinook ? Forward Fuselage Displayed
Bristol Beaufighter I Nose Displayed
RD253 Bristol Beaufighter TF.X RD253 Complete Displayed
‘DD931’ Bristol Beaufort VIII ? Complete Displayed
XG474 Bristol Belvedere HC.1 XG474 Complete Displayed
‘K2227’ Bristol Bulldog IIA ? Complete Displayed
‘E4266’ Bristol F.2B Fighter BAPC.165 Complete Displayed
WV783 Bristol Sycamore HR.12 WV783 Complete Displayed
Clark TWK biplane glider BAPC.100 Complete Displayed
FX760 Curtiss P-40N Kittyhawk IV FX760 Complete Displayed
F1010 de Havilland DH.9A F1010 Complete Displayed
VT812 de Havilland Vampire F.3 VT812 Complete Displayed
WP962 DHC Chipmunk T.10 WP962 Complete Displayed
KG437 Douglas Dakota III KG327 Nose Displayed
WE139 English Electric Canberra PR.3 WE139 Complete Displayed
XS925 English Electric Lightning F.6 XS925 Complete Displayed
ZJ116 EHI EH.101 PP8 G-OIOI Complete Displayed
N5628 Gloster Gladiator II N5628 Wreck Displayed
WH301 Gloster Meteor F.8 WH301 Complete Displayed
? Grob Viking TX.1 ? Complete Displayed
K4972 Hawker Hart T.IIA K4972 Complete Displayed
XG154 Hawker Hunter FGA.9 XG154 Complete Displayed
P3175 Hawker Hurricane I P3175 Wreck Displayed
‘PR536’ Hawker Tempest II HA457 Complete Displayed
MN235 Hawker Typhoon Ib MN235 Complete Displayed
XM463 Hunting Jet Provost T.3A XM463 Complete Displayed
A16-199 Lockheed Hudson IIIA G-BEOX Complete Displayed
XV424 McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2 XV424 Complete Displayed
HM503 Miles M.12 Mohawk G-AEKW Complete Displayed
FE905 North American Harvard IIB FE905 Complete Displayed
ZA457 Panavia Tornado GR.1B ZA457 Complete Displayed
Z7197 Percival Proctor III Z7197 Complete Displayed
‘KL216’ Republic P-47D Thunderbolt 13064 Complete Displayed
‘G-RAFM’ Robinson R-22 ? Complete Displayed
XM555 Saro Skeeter AOP.12 XM555 Complete Displayed
XA302 Slingsby Cadet TX.3 XA302 Complete Displayed
WZ791 Slingsby Grashopper TX.1 WZ791 Complete Displayed
‘168’ Sopwith Tabloid G-BFDE Reproduction Displayed
A2-4 Supermarine Seagull V A2-4 Complete Displayed
N9899 Supermarine Southampton I N9899 Fuselage Displayed
BL614 Supermarine Spitfire Vb BL614 Complete Displayed
PK724 Supermarine Spitfire F.24 PK724 Complete Displayed
920 Supermarine Stranraer 920 Complete Displayed
LB264 Taylorcraft Plus D (Auster I) G-AIXA Complete Displayed
XW855 Westland Gazelle HCC.4 XW855 Complete Displayed
‘K6035’ Westland Wallace II ? Fuselage Displayed
XV732 Westland Wessex HCC.4 XV732 Complete Displayed
XP299 Westland Whirlwind HAR.10 XP299 Complete Displayed
Battle of Britain Hall:
N1671 Boulton Paul Defiant I N1671 Complete Displayed
‘L8756’ Bristol Bolingbroke IVT 10001 Complete Displayed
E3B-521 CASA 1.131 Jungmann (Bu 131) E3B-521 Complete Displayed
T6296 de Havilland Tiger Moth T6296 Complete Displayed
MM5701 Fiat CR.42 MM5701 Complete Displayed
Fieseler Fi 103 (V-1) BAPC.92 Complete Displayed
K8042 Gloster Gladiator II K8042 Complete Displayed
P2617 Hawker Hurricane I P2617 Complete Displayed
701152 Heinkel He 111H-23 701152 Complete Displayed
494083 Junkers Ju 87D-3 494083 Complete Displayed
360043 Junkers Ju 88R-1 360043 Complete Displayed
4101 Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 4101 Complete Displayed
730301 Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4/R6 730301 Complete Displayed
ML824 Short Sunderland MR.5 ML824 Complete Displayed
X4590 Supermarine Spitfire I X4590 Complete Displayed
R9125 Westland Lysander III R9125 Complete Displayed
Next to Grahame-White Factory:
853 Hawker Hunter FR.10 XF426 Complete Displayed
Grahame-White Factory:
‘E449’ Avro 504K ? Complete Displayed
433 Bleriot XXVII BAPC.107 Complete Displayed
‘C4994’ Bristol M.1C Monoplane Reproduction Displayed
‘3066’ Caudron G.III ? Complete Displayed
HD-75 Hanriot HD-1 HD-75 Complete Displayed
F938 RAF SE.5A G-EBIC Complete Displayed
‘A8226’ Sopwith 11/2 Strutter G-BIDW Reproduction Displayed
‘N5182’ Sopwith Pup G-APUP Reproduction Displayed
N5912 Sopwith Triplane N5192 Complete Displayed
‘2345’ Vickers Gunbus G-ATVP Reproduction Displayed
‘F8614’ Vickers Vimy G-AWAU Reproduction Displayed

Notes: Tornado P.02 XX946, Hawker Cygnet G-EBMB, P-51D ‘413573’ and Spitfire I K9942 have moved to Cosford. Valiant XD818 and Sabre F.4 XB812 have also moved to Cosford.

More Information

RAF Museum, Grahame Park Way, Hendon, Greater London, NW9 5LL. Tel: 020 8205 2266, Fax: 020 8205 1751, 24 hr info line: 0900 1600 5633, Official Website.

Focke-Wulf Fw 190F-8/U1 584219
(photo, Allan Barley)
Junkers Ju 87D-3 494083
(photo, Allan Barley)
Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4 730301
(photo, Allan Barley)
Bristol ‘Blenheim’ IV ‘L8756’
(photo, Allan Barley)
North American Sabre F.4 XB812
(photo, Allan Barley)
BAC Jet Provost and DHC Chipmunk
(photo, Allan Barley)
BAC Jet Provost T.5A XW323
(photo, Allan Barley)
Gloster Meteor F.8 WH301
(photo, Allan Barley)
Supermarine Spitfire F.24 PK724
(photo, Allan Barley)
Supermarine Spitfire Vb BL614
(photo, Allan Barley)

More photos on the next page.

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  1. We were very disappointed that the Sunderland was not availableto be viewed. We hadn’t seen any mention of this on the internet.

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