Review of North Weald Airfield Museum
North Weald Airfield Museum is located close to the M11, about one hour’s drive northeast of London, close to Epping. Just follow the brown touristic signs towards ‘Memorial & Debt of Honour’. If you come from the M11, follow the signs for A414 Ongar. Make a right turn at ‘The Talbot’ pub and go straight on, all the way through North Weald village. You will find North Weald Airfield Museum at the far end of this village on your right-hand side. So read on and enjoy this review of North Weald Airfield Museum.
This website not only informs you about the museum and honors the volunteers who keep the museum up and running, but it also highlights other British Air Museums across the nation.
North Weald Airfield Museum is a relatively small museum that displays artifacts, pictures, wall posters, and a lot more relating to its interesting past. Visiting this museum is an interesting way to spend your time and the volunteers are very knowledgeable.
There’s some very interesting history to be seen and learned at the museum which is actually separate from the important North Weald Air Field. The very knowledgeable volunteers are very helpful and will answer every one of your questions.
The Museum organizes charity open days on a regular basis where visitors can enjoy loads of information. This is a great place to go if you’d like to know what was going on in the area at the times of WW I and WW II.
The Museum is located in six rooms of a historic building and packed with historically interesting exhibits. Most of what’s on display is directly related and relevant to North Weald Village and North Weald Air Field but there are also artifacts relating to the RAF in general like aircraft parts, uniforms, posters, and models!
Just take a look at this video about the 1998 North Weald Air Show:
The museum has also a great number of aviation-related second-hand books for sale and it shows that the volunteers dedicated lots of free time and great effort into the museum. There is a modest admissions fee but that’s worth every penny!
This little local museum is a true gem that focuses on the historical past of RAF squadrons that were flying out of the North Weald Airbase in former days. The interesting collection is spread out over rooms that are managed by a very friendly and highly informative curator. For an interesting page about the East Kirkby Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Center, click here.
North Weald Air Field includes a 1-mile runway and two restaurants from where you can watch the takeoffs and landings. There is also a fully licensed bar built in a WW11-style. Weather permitting, you can take pretty affordable helicopter rides from here. The airfield charges no landing fees for lighter aircraft but donations are, as always, highly appreciated. There are quite a few airfields that were used in WW I and WW II that are listed. For a complete list, check out this post.
At the North Weald Airfield Museum, you’ll get a really good idea of North Weald Airfield’s history, from the early World War One years, through the desperate World War Two years and on to the Cold War jet age. If the history of aviation has your interest, a visit to this nice little museum is a MUST.
Read also this page about RAF Polebrook and the U.S. 351st Bomb Squadron that was stationed there from 1943 through May 1945. RAF Polebrook was the 49th Combat Wing’s headquarters and controlled the 351st and some more U.S. squadrons in Britain. The 351st unit flew more than 300 combat missions in which they destroyed more than 300 enemy aircraft. At the end of the runway of RAF Polebrook, there is a memorial to honor the brave young servicemen and women who gave their lives to defend our freedom.