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Stow Maries - 100 Years of RAF

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome in Maldon, Essex is offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Air Force on Sunday 1st April 2018. The aerodrome was originally opened in 1916 and was home to B Flight of No 37(HD) Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. The site saw the birth of the Air Defence of Great Britain in response to the first raids by Zeppelins and Gotha bombers on London and the South East.

On 1st April 1918, following the amalgamation of squadrons, personnel of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, the Royal Air Force became the world’s very first independent air arm. The RAF continued in its dedicated role at Stow Maries until Spring 1919, when it closed its doors forever. The site then reverted to Flambirds Farm and its age-old farming role.
Now 100 years on and with the aerodrome boasting Europe’s largest known surviving group of Royal Flying Corps buildings on a WW1 site, plus its growing collection of objects directly related to the aerodrome and its activities, this amazing attraction will honour this momentous occasion with an exclusive event supported by the RAF. The site will open at 10am on 1st April, with model flying displays in the morning and afternoon by the nationally renowned, Dawn Patrol team. A parade will take place at 2pm, featuring over 100 Air Training Corps and a symbolic ‘Handing-over’ ceremony – including the lowering the RFC flag and the raising of the RAF ensign by two high ranking serving officers of the relevant arms. Living History groups; The Great War Society, 10th Essex and Army Service Corps will also be on site.
There will be an opportunity to attend a talk by Brad King, Ex Branch Director of the Imperial War Museum, about ‘The Experience of an RFC/RAF Pilot in the Great War’. These tickets will be limited and charged at a discounted £5 on the day, on a first-come, first-served basis. The Aerodrome’s two interactive permanent exhibitions, BBQ, Bar, The Airmen’s Mess Cafe, and a range of exhibitors will all be accessible during the day plus a chance to enjoy the rare experience of getting up-close to Stow Maries’ resident WW1 aircraft on a flight line walk for just £5. 

Tickets for the event are £13 per adult, children under 16 are Free. For more information on tickets www.stowmaries.org.uk

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is open to the public every Friday, Saturday & Sunday until 29th March when it opens its doors every day except Tuesdays & Wednesday from 10am to 5pm. Pre-arranged group visits, including coach trips, are welcome by prior arrangement.
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Article posted: 22/02/2018

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