History of Aviation

History of Aviation

The Royal Aero Club Collection includes more than 10,000 photographs and postcards, covering the entire period of aviation history - from ballooning and early biplanes through to the post-War years of jet flight and helicopters.

Many, but not all, of the photographs are captioned. Unfortunately, the photographs are in no particular order in the Collection and they have not been indexed or catalogued. However, they have all been scanned and digitised, and these computer images can be browsed by prior appointment in the Reading Room run by the Archive and Library of the Royal Air Force Museum, Grahame Park Way, Hendon, London NW9 5LL. Click here for the Reading Room Opening Hours.

In addition, two specialist groups of photographs have been uploaded to the Google Photos website, where they are available for browsing.

Click here for more information about photographs of early pioneers, who were flying in the years before the First World War.

Click here for more information about early aviation-related postcards.

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