RAF Museum Hendon

by tirial

An article about the RAF Museum in Hendon London, which displays a range of aircraft and aviation history.

Located in Hendon in North London, the RAF Museum is contained in several large hangers. It has aircraft ranging from the heavy bombers like Lancasters and Vulcans to seaplanes, fighters and more. Of interest to any aviation fan, this is easily reached on the tube, and should intrigue most visitors.

About the RAF Museum

RAF London is the RAF Aviation Museum in North London. One of the largest aviation museums in the world, it contains many rare aircraft, including the only intact Stuka and a magnificent Lancaster. Unfortunately most of these are static displays. There is another branch of the museum in Cosford, Shropshire in the Midlands.

Colloquially refered to as RAF Hendon, for the area of London it is near, it is actually nearer to Colindale tube station.

The museum's site is at http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/

If you can't visit, there is a virtual tour of both the London and Cosford sites available on their website here:


RAF Hendon: Avro Vulcan and bomb layout
RAF Hendon: Avro Vulcan and bomb layout

Lighting and Photography

One of the odd things about the museum is how low the lights are in the larger hangers. This is why many of the photos have a green cast as low-light settings may be necessary for photographs.

Group visits

While you can simply turn up and tour, it is possible to arrange a group visit with a guide.

I have arranged a group visit for a milestone birthday in the family, and have to say the museum was extremely helpful. On the day, the guide was informative, and it made the honoree's day.


Finding the RAF Museum

While Colindale is the closest tube station you can also get there by getting off at Hendon and walking up. Visits are free but a donation is appreciated.

RAF Museum London,

Grahame Park Way,

London, NW9 5LL

It opens from ten to six most days in summer, and admittance is free.

Where to find the RAF Museum

Visitors' Photos

A selection of Photographs from Flickr

US Links through RAFMAF

American RAF veterans from the Second World War

If you are in the US and would like to support the museum's work, the RAF MAF is the US foundation that supports them.

Supported by veterans such as Parker Smith, the last American to join the RAF in World War Two, the Foundation works to keep the links between the UK and USA, and RAF and USAF strong and protect our shared aviation heritage.

For more about the work of the RAFMAF, please click here:


Updated: 08/23/2014, tirial
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Telesto on 08/23/2014

This museum has long been on my list of places to visit. Thank you.

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