I was very happy to be invited to the launch of Hendon RAF Museum’s WW1 exhibition last night.
It was brilliant and I want to go back to spend more time taking it all in.
I was there – very much – to get my first look at a Sopwith Camel. As well as enjoy the party.
My next book is about a modern child making a Sopwith Camel Airfix kit – and how, the minute they complete the kit, they are transported into that plane doing what it was made to do during WW1. Seeing the plane gave me a lot of food for thought.
The exhibition includes interactive maps and films. Plus a cockpit where you can try out how the controls of an early bi-plane responded. Also a wall featuring the portraits of dozens of RFC men and women.
Together with planes – the main attraction – and other artifacts the exhibition makes you think and feel. It had quite an impact on me.
Great for kids. And – er – big kids. And anyone who wants to know more about young men (some no more than 17 years old) who set off twice a day on sorties over France and Belgium, fully aware that the average life-expectancy of an RFC pilot was three weeks.
You can find out more about the exhibition here. It’s well worth a visit.