Through Adversity To The Stars
Includes Guided Tour and Refreshments at the RAF Museum Hendon
The history of the Hendon site starts over 150 years ago in August 1862, when Henry Treacey Coxwell took a group on a balloon flight from the present-day Hendon site. In was not a good start – suffering from light winds they only just reached a field near Mill Hill.
Aviation returned to Hendon in 1910 in the form of British aviation pioneer Claude Grahame-White, who laid the foundations for the development of the Hendon site that was soon christened “The London Aerodrome”. Many famous aviation personalities (not least Geoffrey de Havilland) came to Hendon and the fledgling airfield hosted nine Air Displays in the years leading up to World War I, before being requisitioned for pilot training and the air defence of London. Aircraft were also manufactured here including Morane-Saulnier Type H monoplanes and the Royal Aircraft Factory BE.2c.
Aircraft production and civilian flying training continued post-war until the airfield became an RAF station in 1927. As World War II unfolded, Hendon was a Fighter Command station: Hurricanes flew from Hendon at the height of the Battle of Britain and later in the war USAF units moved in as Hendon became home to transport and communications squadrons.
With the return of peacetime, and despite the steady encroachment of urban London on the already cramped airfield site, flying continued at RAF Hendon, with the last aircraft using the site as late as 1968. Today, Hendon is best known as home of the RAF Museum, housed in part in the historic First World War hangars and widely regarded as one of the world’s premier aviation collections.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Today we make our way to London where you will have some free time to explore the capital city of the United Kingdom. Take in the sights maybe a trip to the London eye for a bird's eye view.
Late afternoon we will make our way to our hotel
Day 2RAF Hendon Guided Tour & Refreshments
Breakfast in the hotel
Today we drive to North London and a visit to The Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon, North London – Britain’s only national museum dedicated to telling the story of the RAF and its people.
The three new innovative galleries explore the first 100 years of the RAF.
The site including the multi award-winning First World War in the Air Galleries, Historic Hangars and Bomber Command Hall are also open – offering a great day out to all visitors.
You can explore the RAF’s story through the programme of events, lectures, and temporary exhibitions throughout the year. The staff and volunteers are available to help you have a great time.
HotelMercure London Watford
Few Watford hotels offer the same four-star levels of convenience, comfort and style with such extensive health club, swimming pool and spa facilities.
- Return Coach Travel
- Free Time in London
- 1 Night Stay at the 4* Mecure London Watford with Breakfast (dinner NOT included)
- Guided Tour of RAF Hendon with Tea & Refreshments.