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BATTLE OF BRITAIN MEMORIAL FLIGHT

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) is an aerial display team flying historic aircraft. They appear at shows throughout the country, state occasions and at events commemorating the Second World War.  The aircraft normally flown are an Avro Lancaster, a Supermarine Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane. The flight is administratively part of No. 1 Group RAF, flying out of RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. It is possible to see the aircraft at a visitor centre at Coningsby, though it is recommended you check which ones can be seen before making a special trip.

RAF BBMF Visitors Centre
Dogdyke Road
Coningsby
Lincolnshire
LN4 4SY
Modern
Website of the BBMF
Tattershall Castle, Lincoln
Military
DUXFORD IWM

IWM Duxford is a historic RAF airfield also used by the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War. It houses the Imperial War Museum's huge collection of historic aircraft and other large vehicles like tanks. Permanent exhibitions include the American Air Museum, Battle of Britain, Land Warfare and Historic Duxford (many of the buildings are original). You can get up close and personal with some of the most famous aircraft ever, including the Spitfire, Lancaster, Concorde and Vulcan. It's probably the best aviation collection and museum in the country, and enormous, so allow enough time. Air Shows are a regular feature and Duxford is also home to the Airborne Assault and Royal Anglian Museums.

Imperial War Museum
Duxford
Cambridgeshire
CB22 4QR
Modern
Imperial War Museum Duxford website
Just off J10 of the M11
Imperial War Museum
FLEET AIR ARM MUSEUM

The Fleet Air Arm Museum tells the story of the Royal Navy in the air. There are over 90 aircraft, from biplanes to supersonic jets, plus thousands of other artefacts, on show in four exhibition halls. It is Europe's largest naval aviation Museum. In addition it houses the first British Concorde, which you can go on board, and the 'Aircraft Carrier Experience', a fascinating tour round a realistic mocked-up carrier. The museum is exceptionally well laid out.

Royal Naval Air Station
Yeovilton
Somerset
BA22 8HW
Modern
Fleet Air Arm Museum website
Lytes Cary Manor, Glastonbury
Military
RAF MUSEUM, Cosford

One of two RAF museums in Britain (the other one is in Hendon, north London), RAF Cosford displays 70+ aircraft, including the world's oldest Spitfire, with exhibits shown in three historic hangers. On site is the National Cold War Exhibition, which tells the story of this uncertain period in our history and where you can see all three of Britain's V-Bombers - the Vulcan, Victor and Valiant.

Shifnal
Shropshire
TF11 8UP
Modern
RAF Cosford website
Ironbridge, Boscobel House
Military
RAF MUSEUM, London

The Royal Air Force Museum is on the site of the historic Hendon aerodrome, just over 30 minutes from central London. If you like aircraft, you will love it.  There are entire hangers dedicated to WW1 aircraft, bombers of all sorts and the Battle of Britain, plus a lot more besides - including flight simulators. Be awed by the Avro Vulcan or Lancaster, or wonder how the flimsy aircraft of the early days managed to stay up.

There is a sister museum in Cosford, Shropshire.

Grahame Park Way
Colindale
London
NW9 5LL
Modern
Bomber!
RAF Museum website
J4 of the M1 or reasonable walk from Colindale tube (Northern line).
Military
RUNNYMEDE AIR FORCES MEMORIAL

The air forces memorial at Runnymede commemorates by name over 20,000 airmen who were lost in the Second World War during operations from bases in the United Kingdom and North and Western Europe, and who have no known graves. They served in Bomber, Fighter, Coastal, Transport, Flying Training and Maintenance Commands, and came from all parts of the Commonwealth. Some were from countries in continental Europe which had been overrun but whose airmen continued to fight in the ranks of the Royal Air Force.

The memorial is managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), from whose website the above information has been taken.

Cooper's Hill Lane
Englefield Green
Surrey
TW20 0LB
Modern
CWGC website
Magna Carta and JFK memorials
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
TANGMERE MILITARY AVIATION MUSEUM

A military museum located on a corner of the historic Tangmere RAF station, which was on the front line during the Battle of Britain. It also provided the forward take-off point for Lysander aircraft, based at RAF Tempsford in Bedfordshire, to refuel before landing agents in enemy-occupied Europe. The museum was opened by enthusiasts in 1982, owns a number of historic and replica aircraft and includes flight simulators and several permanent exhibitions.

Tangmere
Nr Chichester
West Sussex
PO20 2ES
Modern
Tangmere Aviation Museum's website
Fishbourne Roman Palace, Weald and Downland Museum, Chichester Cathedral
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