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The Royal Air Force Museum London, commonly known as the RAF Museum, is a museum located on the former Hendon Aerodrome
, dedicated to the history of aviation and the British Royal Air Force.
The museum was officially opened at the Colindale (then part of Hendon) London site on 15 November 1972 by Queen Elizabeth II.Licence:
The hangars housed just 36 aircraft at opening. Over the years, the collection increased, and aircraft not on display at Hendon were stored or displayed by smaller local RAF station museums.
On 1 May 1976, the Cosford Aerospace Museum was opened at RAF Cosford, one of the stations used to store some of the museum's collection. In 1980, the Cosford site agreed to house the British Airways Museum collection, which has now been removed after British Airways withdrew funding.
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Hall Lane, NW4 Hall Lane is part of an old road through Hendon which also ran north into Page Street.
Grahame Park was built on the site of the old Hendon Aerodrome.
The estate is named in honour of Claude Grahame-White, the aviation pioneer who established the Hendon Aerodrome and aviation school on the site. Most roads, blocks and walkways have names linked to the aviation history of the site.
The building of the estate was a joint project between the Greater London Council and Barnet Council. The estate was designed in a ’Brutalist. style and the first residents moved in during October 1971. Barnet Council is refurbishing much of the estate with a 2032 completion date.
The Royal Air Force Museum is situated immediately to the south-east of the estate.