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Friday, 13 April 2007

Flight of fancy

Chris and Lenni underneath a shiny plane!We'd been intending to visit the RAF museum at Hendon for ages, and finally got our chance today.

Quite aside from it being free and only 20 miles down the motorway, we'll definitely be going again, because there's just so much to see. There are two enormous halls of aeroplanes, and dotted around within and without them are attractions such as the flight deck of a large jet and a control tower simulation.

Harrier Jump Jet!Some of my favourite planes were there - most notably the amazing Hawker Siddeley Harrier 'jump jet' (which must have been harder to control than a helicopter!) and the Eurofighter Typhoon of which we also rode a computer simulation machine (although I'm not sure it was worth £2.50 a person, it all -hopefully - goes to museum funds!).

There were also children's activities laid on in a miniature 'science museum' where they could dash from one experiment to another, or be led through a half-hour 'course' about various aspects of flying in a section of an old Dakota aircraft.

You can tell I enjoyed this, can't you! We all drove back up the motorway tired and happy - and well-fed; the restaurant was excellent - having only scratched the surface of the exhibits (not literally!) so we'll definitely have to go back. I can imagine it gets really busy during the school holidays and warm weekends, but since it's all pretty-much indoors, there's no reason we can't go any time of year.

Posted by james at April 13, 2007 7:59 PM

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