On the 2nd of December 2014, The Duke of Edinburgh will attend the opening of the First World War in the Air Exhibition at the Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon.
The exhibition, located in the Grahame-White Company building, will include aircraft such as the Sopwith Camel, the Avro 504K and the Albatross DV. Other artefacts on display include the diary of Major Edward Corringham, a report by General Smuts on air organisation and a sketch and notes on the battlefield of Mons.
His Royal Highness will be guided on a tour of the centenary Exhibition by the Project Manager, Ms. Angela Vinci. Prince Philip will hear about the work of the Project leaders, apprentices and volunteers, interacting with many of the personnel who enabled the exhibition to come together. He will also meet Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award holders who are local to the area of Barnet.
The First World War in the Air Exhibition is a major new Heritage Lottery Funded exhibition which brings to life the often untold story of air power during the First World War, through the incredible narratives of the men and women who served and protected our nation.
Set in a Grade II listed building which was part of an actual factory that built aircraft for the First World War this exhibition uses authentic surroundings and the RAF Museum’s world-class collection of aircraft, documents, film and photographs to reveal how aviation changed the character of war forever.
The Royal Air Force Museum is Britain’s only national Museum dedicated wholly to aviation. The idea for the museum was conceived in 1962 through a committee established by the Air Force Board and chaired by the Marshal of the Royal Air Force Sir Dermot Boyle. His Royal Highness has been a Royal Patron of the RAF Museum since 1968, well before the museum was even open. Hendon was chosen as the perfect site for the museum due to the property’s long aviation history and was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 15 November 1972.
When the museum originally opened, the Hendon hangars held only 36 aircraft. The museum has expanded substantially since then and now holds a world-class collection and display of over 130 aircraft. The museum is dedicated to more than just aircraft for they are also integrated with special exhibitions, films, artwork, missiles, photographs, uniforms, medals and research and education facilities.