Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, London, UK

Jump on the underground in London - the Northern Line - and end up at Colindale Underground Station. A short walk to the Hendon Museum and you are in aviation heaven. Being the Royal Air Force museum, one expects all the best aircraft from the RAF past. You will not be disappointed! It is a treasure trove to say the least! From the minute you walk into the Milestones of Flight hangar, you will be enthralled by the aircraft on display. I visited the museum in 2003 and 2004 and need to visit there again. The history involved at the museum is immense. Early flight, bewteen wars and WW2 aircraft are plentiful. There are some rareties as well such as the Halifax bomber that was pulled from a lake in Norway and a Stuka bomber - an aircraft I have not seen in any other museum I have visited. The list goes on of course - a Supermarine Stranraer seaplane, a Wellington bomber, a Heinkel He 162A-2 - aircraft from my childhood books... Mustang, Spitfire, Typhoon (a first for me), Avro Rota, Sabre, Flying Fortress - and so the list goes on. Wonderful stuff!

The best of all, entry is free - yes, free! Well worth the visit!

Hendon__001 - Hawker Hart Mk II Hendon__002 - Bristol Bulldog MkIIA Hendon__003 - Bristol Bulldog MkIIA Hendon__004 - Supermarine Spitfire Vb Hendon__005 - Bristol Beaufighter TFX Hendon__063 - Bristol Beaufighter TFX Hendon__064 - Bristol Beaufort VIII Hendon__006 - Supermarine Stranraer Hendon__007 - European Helicopter Industries Merlin EH101 Hendon__061 - European Helicopter Industries Merlin EH101 Hendon__008 - Supermarine Stranraer Hendon__062 - Supermarine Stranraer Hendon__009 - Hawker Typhoon 1B Hendon__010 - Westland Belvedere HC1 Hendon__011 - Hawker Typhoon 1B Hendon__058 Hendon__067 - Curtiss Kittyhawk IV Hendon__012 - Westland Wessex HCC4 Hendon__059 - Westland Whirlwind HAR 10 Hendon__013 - Avro Rota Hendon__060 - Avro Rota Hendon__014 - Gloster Meteor F8 Hendon__015 - Bristol F2b Hendon__031 - Bristol F2b Hendon__066 - Bristol F2b Hendon__016 - general view of the Historic hangar Hendon__017 - British Aircraft Corporation Lightning F6 Hendon__018 - Sabre Hendon__025 - general view in the Historic aircraft hangar Hendon__030 - Hawker Tempest II Hendon__019 - Boeing B17G Fortress Hendon__055 - Boeing B17G Fortress Hendon__056 - Avro Lancaster 1 Hendon__020 - Heinkel He 162A-2 Hendon__021 - North American TB-25 J Mitchell Hendon__022 - Focke Wulf Fw190A-8/U-1 Hendon__024 - Focke Wulf Fw190A-8/U-1 Hendon__054 - Vickers Wellington X - currently being refurbished Hendon__023 - Avro Vulcan B2 Hendon__032 - Handley Page Halifax II - this one recovered from a lake in Norway Hendon__026 - gate guards - a Spitfire and a Hurricane - both are made from fibre glass Hendon__027 - Junkers Ju87G-2 Hendon__041 - Junkers Ju87G-2 Hendon__069 - Junkers Ju87G-2 Hendon__028 - Messerschmitt Bf 110G-2 Hendon__033 - Messerschmitt Bf 110G-2 Hendon__029 - Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 Hendon__036 - Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 Hendon__034 - Junkers Ju88R-1 Hendon__035 - Heinkel He111H-20 Hendon__037 - Heinkel He111H-20 Hendon__068 - Fiat CR42 Falco Hendon__038 - V2 rocket Hendon__039 - Short Sunderland MR5 Hendon__042 - Short Sunderland MR5 Hendon__040 - a mock up of a situation room from WW2 Hendon__043 - Westland Lysander III Hendon__044 - Supermarine Seagull V Hendon__045 - a general view of the Milestones of Flight hangar Hendon__046 - North American P-51D Mustang Hendon__047 - de Havilland Mosquito B35 Hendon__048 - a view of the Milsestones Hangar with a Messerschmitt 109G and a Kawasaki Ki-1001b Hendon__049  - de Havilland Mosquito B35 Hendon__050 - Messerschmitt Me 262A-2a Schwalbe (Swallow) Hendon__051 - Harrier Gr3 Hendon__052 - overall view of the Milsestones of Flight hangar Hendon__053 - Messerschmitt Bf 109G-2 Hendon__057 - Blériot XI with a Mustang Hendon__065 - my mate Shaun trying out the kids kit - well, it's for big kids as well