Opening of First World War in the Air Exhibition
The Royal Air Force Museum opened its brand new permanent exhibition ‘The First World War in the Air on 4th December 2014 in the museums historic Grahame-White Factory. This grade II listed building was an active aircraft factory during the First World War. The museum site in North London has a rich history and played an important role in the early development of British aviation. English aviation pioneer Claude Grahame-White described the area as “the birthplace of aerial power”. Using a world-class collection of aircraft, documents, film and photographs, ‘The First World War in the Air’ exhibition will reveal how aviation changed the character of war driven by innovation, sacrifice and spirit of adventure. The exhibition will explore what it was like to be involved in the earliest days of military aviation through the story of Britain’s air services, the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service. These two organisations merged on 1 April 1918 to become the world’s first independent air force, the Royal Air Force. The exhibition will incorporate the experiences of pilots, ground crews and factory workers as well as the local North London community.