October 11, 2014 chartreusian

Family Trip to London – RAF Museum


On our family’s last full day in London, we took the train out to the Royal Air Force Museum.

 

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NOTE: If you're wondering "why are they telling us about what they did in April?"..it's because this blog has in many ways become a family photo album for us. It seemed like there were too many good memories of our last few months in France - that we didn't want to miss.

The RAF Museum was pretty amazing. Not only was there an almost overwhelming collection of planes – but they presented them with enough information, films, and so many other completely immersive displays that even if you don’t really care about planes – it’s still pretty interesting.

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Obviously a huge area of focus is WWII – but there were pieces of aviation history from the very beginning of maned flight -up to the present.

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A B-52 that they found at the bottom of the ocean – with some fairly significant sea-water damage

 

There was also a big area of hands-on displays that showed the kids the mechanics of how helicopters are controlled, the physics behind what keeps planes in the air, and lots more  IMG_8577

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Micah and a spitfire…in his new spitfire shirt. Which, if you’ve seen him even once in the past few months…you’ve already seen

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just one of the hangars

 

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I was told I had to get a picture in front of my favourite plane -so I chose the Harrier.

Then the next morning (VERY early) it was back to Gatwick and time to get home.

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It was an amazing family trip. We saw so much in the amount of time we where there. London has some of the best museums in the world -and almost all of them are completely free. You feel like you are in a foreign culture – but you can speak English to people! And- at least compared to what we were used to – everyone seemed so friendly! We even found a fantastic church to attend on Easter Sunday.

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Of course our trip would not have happened if it wasn’t for some very generous friends who allowed us to take over their house while we were there.

So massive thanks to Stephen & Derv – and London…I don’t think you’ve seen the last of us.