The Royal Air Force Museum by Saul Vale-Harris

Posted on: March 23rd 2017

On Thursday the 16th of March 2017  Year 6 went to the Royal Air Force (RAF) museum in Hendon. This was to enhance our understanding of World War 2 (WW2) and would help some of us with the projects we are currently creating in History. RAF Hendon was actually an air base during WW2  

The first thrilling activity we did was choosing a friend to go with to explore the different planes that they had scattered around the museum. My favorite plane was the P-40 Kittyhawk because the picture on the outside was painted like a dragon which none of the other planes had (which I thought was unique).   

I learnt about the history of the ejector seat. This was revolutionary and has saved many pilots lives over the years.

The next thing we did was the WW2 workshop where one of the Museum Curator’s explained to us what it was like during the Blitz. One of the things she spoke about was the incendiary bombs (which we were able to handle). We also learnt about the different gas masks that were used and were able to experience what it was like in a bomb shelter.

After this we were able to try on various uniforms that were worn by RAF servicemen. We had to be very careful with them because they were priceless and a part of history. They felt uncomfortable and smelt rather musty.

After lunch we had the opportunity to try out some of the activities in the Aeronauts Interactive Gallery which was both fun and interesting. Following this we went to the 4D theatre and watched a film based on a true life pilot during WW2. I found this sad as the pilots shipmates did not survive the plane crash.

Towards the end of the day we were able to explore the larger planes before finishing the day at the gift shop.

What a fascinating day it has been!

By Saul Vale-Harris

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