QUESTER 6 - Report on visit to Army Flying Corp February 2020

On the 20th February, in spite of the very inclement weather, eleven intrepid members of Questers 6 made their way to the Army Flying Museum at Middle Wallop.

The visit was organised by Denise Buckle who arranged for a very informative guide to escort us round the museum and explain the history of army aviation and show us the over 40 aircraft in the museum and the various exhibits on display.

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The collection covers the five main branches of Army Aviation: Royal Engineers (1878-1912), The Royal Flying Corps (1912-1918), Air Observation Post Squadrons (1941-1957), the Glider Pilot Regiment (1942-1957) and the current Army Air Corps (1957-to date).

The museum is undergoing a £2.59 Million development programme which includes updating the museum displays, a refurbishment of the education suite and new archive facilities. The improvements have made the collections much more accessible and include the introduction of new audio visual equipment and touch sensitive screens.

The museum caters for school parties and has a dress up and small soft play area for younger children enabling one of the parents to explore the museum alone if they so wish.

After a very enjoyable visit, which I would recommend to other Quester Groups, we had lunch at a local pub.

Patrick Smyth

03/20