Moving Aircraft!

In 2014, I posted a video of a Eurofighter Typhoon prototype being hung at the Royal Air Force Museum. The movement of such large objects represents a major logistical challenge and the process and time required to manage such moves is impressive. Thanks to the guys over at The Aviationist, I have just come across … Continue reading Moving Aircraft!

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RAF Museum First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – The Red Baron: Manfred von Richthofen and the Creation of a Legend

Dr Nicholas Martin of the University of Birmingham will discuss 'The Red Baron: Manfred von Richthofen and the Creation of a Legend' as part of the RAF Museum's First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture series. TALK OUTLINE The lecture will examine Manfred von Richthofen’s memoir The Red Battle Flyer (1918) and attempt to … Continue reading RAF Museum First World War in the Air Lunchtime Lecture – The Red Baron: Manfred von Richthofen and the Creation of a Legend

Jeremy Corbyn, Battle of Britain Day and the Politics of Commemoration

Tuesday marked the official date of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Fifteen September has long been recognised as that date, in part, because it was shortly after the aerial battle over London on that day that the Hitler indefinitely postponed Operation Sea Lion. However, rather than being a moment of silent contemplation … Continue reading Jeremy Corbyn, Battle of Britain Day and the Politics of Commemoration

Bristol Blenheim MkI at IWM Duxford

It is not very often that I write about aircraft. I know that is odd for someone whose job title is Aviation Historian, but, as those of you who know me personally will testify, my interests lie in the organisations that manage military aviation rather than the equipment. Indeed, my PhD only mentioned one aircraft … Continue reading Bristol Blenheim MkI at IWM Duxford

Acquisitions

Well, actually, mostly review copies... I have to admit they are piling up so hopefully there will be flurry of reviews soon in various places. Kristen Alexander, Australia’s Few and the Battle of Britain (Barnsley: Pen and Sword, 2015). Originally published in 2014 by NewSouth Publishing, a division of the University of New South Wales … Continue reading Acquisitions

London and Curating the First World War in the Air

In a couple of weeks I will be presenting a paper at a conference organised between the Centre for Metropolitan History and the Imperial War Museum on the theme of 'London and Curating the First World War in the Air'. The conference itself is on 'London and the First World War' and more details can … Continue reading London and Curating the First World War in the Air

Top 20 War Films…

Ok continuing on from the previous post we have now got a list of our top 20 war films. There are some good films listed with Vietnam now making an appearance. What of pre-20th century subjects? Is there more to be added? Battle of Britain Waterloo Zulu A Bridge Too Far Black Book The Longest … Continue reading Top 20 War Films…

The Grahame-White Factory

Yesterday while at the RAF Museum at Hendon I was able to go into the Grahame-White Factory, which houses the bulk of the museums First World War collection. This is the first time I have been able to view the collection as I did not realise that this section of the museum is on open … Continue reading The Grahame-White Factory

Midland Air Museum

Today I went to the Midland Air Museum just on the edge of Coventry. Some good exhibits with more bits to do with Sir Frank Whittle. The more I am exploring the more I am coming to the conclusion that Coventry not only has a rich automotive history but also a rich aviation heritage that … Continue reading Midland Air Museum