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The centenary of World War I and what the RAF Museum–London is doing about it

30 July 2014

The centenary of World War I and what the RAF Museum–London is doing about it

The war to end all wars, the war which toppled and remade kingdom and country, the war which has us pause every 11th of November began a century ago this year, 2014.  The Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum–London is making a new exhibit on honor of the WW I century recognition and it is going to be a splendid as well as significant. Perhaps the world’s best assemblage of World War I aircraft are soon to be exhibited in the Graham–White Factory of which a quarter of the UK’s first aircraft factory has been preserved at the RAF Museum–London.

 

 

 

 

Graham–White Factory at the RAF Museum London — used with permission of Ross Sharp (an copyright holder)

Graham–White Factory at the RAF Museum–London — used with permission of Ross Sharp (and copyright holder)

Claude Graham–White built his factory with the USD$31,000 he won at the 1910 Harvard–Boston Aero Meet. It is a beautiful structure and will be the best of display environments for the museum’s WW I aircraft exhibit — which will begin this December and last four years. Aircraft from other RAF Museum branches have been brought to the Shropshire Restoration Facility to get them into shape for this most special of exhibitions. A Sopwith Pup, Bristol M1c and Sopwith 1½ Strutter are under restoration for the exhibit as this is written.

Graham–White Factory at the RAF Museum London — used with permission of Ross Sharp (an copyright holder)

Graham–White Factory interior prior to March 2013 at the RAF Museum–London — used with permission of Ross Sharp (and copyright holder)

Fokker D.VIIa at the RAF Museum London — used with permission of Ross Sharp (and copyright holder)

Fokker D.VIIa at the RAF Museum–London — used with permission of Ross Sharp (and copyright holder)

Fokker D.VIIa at the RAF Museum London — used with permission of Ross Sharp (an copyright holder)

Fokker D.VIIa at the RAF Museum–London — used with permission of Ross Sharp (and copyright holder)

Sopwith Camel at the RAF Museum London — used with permission of Ross Sharp (an copyright holder)

Sopwith Camel at the RAF Museum–London — used with permission of Ross Sharp (and copyright holder)

Crossley Tender at the RAF Museum London — used with permission of Ross Sharp (an copyright holder)

Crossley Tender at the RAF Museum–London — used with permission of Ross Sharp (and copyright holder)

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Ross Sharp, of Shortfinals’s Blog, was onto this story before it broke on the BBC and has also shared a handful of his images for this post.

His post on the Fokker D.VII (see photo above), Fokker D.VII — so dangerous, it was mentioned in the Armistice Agreementis wonderfully informative and should be read 🙂

Many thanks 🙂

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. 30 July 2014 01:27

    Dear Joe, thank you so much for your more than generous praise, It is always a great pleasure to work with you! This is a really well-written piece,on an important development – congratulations!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      30 July 2014 07:32

      Hell Ross. The credit is all yours for being onto this story before it broke on the BBC 🙂 Well done! Thanks too for the use of your wonderful photos. Now…about getting over there to have a look at the exhibit…

  2. 30 July 2014 06:58

    Thanks for the great introduction to this Museum…hope we’ll be able to see more!…A thought came to mind as I looked at and thoroughly enjoyed them!…

    Imagine how terrific it would be if the USAFM’s ceilings were white!!!…with a few skylights, maybe…it is what already and they’re shut the lights off!! lol!…..I think attendance would SOAR!! :-)…

    I’m sure there are many visitors here whose eyesight is not what it was a “few years back”! This is not suggesting that I’ll not return there, but what a difference it would be! …:-) Its still the “old artiste” in me that positively knows that light against dark equals contrast …which is another way of saying that viewing would be much more fun… Best!…and thanks again.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      30 July 2014 07:33

      David,

      I love your idea! My eyes would welcome a coat of white on the interior roof there!

      Joe

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