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Museum of Army Flying
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: We are one of the UK's leading museums for British military aviation history. Boasting 40 fixed wing and rotary aircraft on site, we have fascinating exhibits and a wonderful 'Apache Cafe' looking out over the busy Middle Wallop Army Air Corps airfield.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed January 9, 2013

This is a small museum by some standards and in my opinion is for those who have a deep interest in the subject. I note that some people say that it is not for children, but I took my son there from an early age and he loved it. I would say that if your chlidren need lots of interactive things to keep their interest, you may have a problem! My son was a devoted seeker of information from an early age, and still is. We donated some items to this museum some years ago and were welcomed and shown round there by the curator at that time. So if you are brushing up on your hobby it is a great place to go, if you are into interactive 'shoot em up' games, perhaps not your scene? Some of the hands on items could be fun for the younger ones too. NB. We visited this a couple of years ago, outside of the options stated on the web site.

Thank Jenjo018
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

Perhaps not ideal for youngsters unless they have a particular interest. The interactive items and simulators were fun 9when they worked) and entertained the 6 year old in our party, but I thought too expensive at £1 each. The Scout helicopter that the children could sit in and operate the cyclic and collective - still connected to the rotor blades - was a memorable part for them.
We didn't visit with the express purpose of going to the cafe, but took it in while we were there. It has a panoramic window and terrace overlooking this historic airfield, but there was no airborne activity on an afternoon of torrential rain. A pleasant enough break since it is about half-way round the museum, but no more than average.
From a grown-up's point of view there were some very interesting and in some cases unique exhibits including a good selection of aeroplanes, helicopters and gliders and some beautifully made model aircraft - enough to fill 2-3 hrs if you have the time to read and closely examine all the smaller items and themed displays as well. if you just go for the museum exhibits, and don't have any ankle-snappiing distractions so you can concentrate and take it all in, it is indeed a very good and well thought out museum.

Thank Mike L
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Stopped here with 8 year old. He wanted to be in and out in 10 minutes. I could have stayed longer and read all there was to read but not a hope. The displays are limited and there were several interactive items and simulators - ALL of which were out of order. Shame. A one visit trip. About £13 to get in for the 2 of us. Expensive.

Thank jw6969
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BecMAF, Public Relations Manager at Museum of Army Flying, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2012

We really appreciate your feedback and are sorry that the Museum did not meet your expectations on this visit. We are working on your comments and are trying to rectify the problems with the simulators. The Museum is always looking for ways to improve and your comments are crucial for us to get it right. Over the next couple of years we are hoping to undertake development work on the displays which will see a higher level of interactivity for children.

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Reviewed October 26, 2012

Probably one of the better Miliatry Museums about, well worth the visit and the staff are helpful and informative.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

The Museum of Army Flying documents the history of the Army Air Corps and the role it’s played over the decades in support of troops on the ground. The first tentative steps were taken in the very late 19th century when balloons were sent aloft to spy upon enemy positions. The observer on board would take heed of any relevant information then relay that to the officers once back on the ground by way of hand written notes. Balloons were used to great tactical advantage and soon, the Corps of Royal Engineers were entrusted with the operational aspects of their use.

Balloons were however rendered pretty useless on windy days. Various experiments were tested using varying shapes and sizes but all had severe restrictions in bad weather. In 1903 of course, history changed forever when the Wright Brothers first flew at Kittyhawk and the race was soon on to develop this type of machine.

Samual Franklin Cody, an American showman was touring the U.K. with his circus. His chief cook,a Chinaman, was expert in the art of kite flying and Cody became fascinated with the subject himself. He eventually constructed a replica of the Wright Flyer using a French engine that he’d obtained. The British were still pursuing the airship route and Cody was enrolled to the project and his engine fitted to the first proper British airship.

Cody continued his aeroplane designing and was the first person to make powered flight in the U.K. By 1910, a few select officers and gentlemen had gone to France to learn to fly with Louis Bleriot and Wilbur Wright and had purchased their own aeroplanes. These officers convinced the War Office of the importance of these flying machines as aerial platforms for observation and reconnaissance. The aeroplanes were purchased and the training of Army pilots began in earnest.

Netheravon (near Devizes), was chosen as the first operational army airfield for troops manouevering on Salisbury Plain and Upavon was opened as the Central Flying School. The balloon and kite sections of the Royal Engineers were joined by the aeroplanes and it was decided to form an Air Battalion. Aviation was here to stay and on May 13, 1912, the Royal Flying Corps was formed.

Today, the Army Air Corps, as it was renamed in 1957, operates 250 aircraft, both fixed- and rotary-winged and provides ground cover, reconnaissance and airborne observation posts for troops on the battle field. Their equipment includes the most modern of aircraft including the highly armed Apache gunship ground assault helicopter equipped with rockets and high speed cannons.

The museum also details the various campaigns that the AAC have participated in including Aden, Malaya, Africa, The Falklands, and Northern Ireland. The two main display halls contain over 50 aircraft and there is a restaurant and full visitor facilities on site including a picnic area out by the static aircraft.

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