To mark the RAF’s long heritage the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection is mounting a centenary celebration on May 26 at its Old Sarum, Wiltshire base.
In addition to displays inside the hangars, it is planned to hold a sunset ceremony at the end of the day involving local cadet organisations and the event will be rounded off by a 1940s hangar themed dance featuring Salisbury Big Band and the Candy Girls.
Highlights of the day will include:
Special exhibits in The Collection Hangars
A unique ‘timeline’ constructed to show the 100 years development of the RAF
RAF and Military Re-enactors
Ticketed Hangar Dance 2000-2330 hrs
Tickets for the dance are available through the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection shop.
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