Take in all the gubbins (equipment) that the Sooties (engineers), Scopies (fighter controllers) and Rear End Charlies (rear gunners) have grappled with during the lifetime of the RAF, spanning almost 100 years. It’s the only place in the world that displays a life-sized model of the F-35 Joint Striker Fighter Jet, and it has lots of immersive experiences on offer, like hearing the immortal words “Never was so much owed by so many to so few” of Winston Churchill during the Battle of Britain.
The museum has two flight simulators (one in the new Milestones of Flight exhibition, which seats up to six people, and the other in the Historic Hangars, which seats 12), with a number of rides to choose from and each trip soars through the skies for four minutes, costs £3 and will board all passengers over 1.2m. And, if you love that, head over to the 4D Theatre (with 3D animation and seats which respond and come along for the ride) afterwards for a choice of three trips (lasting between four to ten minutes), for the princely sum of £4 per passenger, or £12 for a family of four. *All information correct at time of publishing, please check the RAF Museum Website for more info. http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/
Open 10am until 6pm most days (though times can change during term times, so check them out here Plan your visit), with last admission at 5.30pm, and with on-site parking (£3 for up to three hours and £4 for all day) this really is a convenient and all-year-round attraction.
And, with a restaurant, café and picnic area, feeding your fleet won’t break the bank.
Nearest tube: Colindale (on the Edgware branch of the Northern [black] line). Also sccessible by bus, train and car – see here