The Royal Air Force Museum (RAF Museum) is a museum dedicated to the history of aviation, and the British Royal Air Force in particular.
The museum is a Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The museum was officially opened at the Colindale (then part of Hendon) London site on November 15, 1972 by Her Majesty The Queen. The hangars housed just 36 aircraft at opening. Over the years, the collection increased and aircraft were stored at RAF stations around the country when they were not on display. While they were being so stored, these aircraft were not publicly displayed. On May 1, 1979, the Cosford site was opened at RAF Cosford, one of the RAF stations which had been used to store the museum’s collection of aircraft. In 1980, the Cosford site agreed to house the British Airways Museum collection, which have now been removed after British Airways withdrew funding. Recently opened is the National Cold War Exhibition. This addition to the museum’s already impressive collection will house the V bombers and other Cold War aircraft, many of which are hung from the Hangar roof. The first Director of the Museum was Dr John Tanner who retired in 1987. In 1988 Dr Michael A Fopp (who had previously directed the London Transport Museum) was appointed and is currently Director General of all three sites covered by the Museum. London tourist attractions.
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