As a former RAF pilot, I have a natural affection for this place. However, not having been for a few years, I was a little disappointed to see it looking slightly shabby and with a dated exhibition profile. It has a wonderful collection of aircraft, but they do not seem to be presented in the form of a coherent story-line about the RAF. The BoB Hall nearly does this, but everything is a bit static and needs bringing to life in some way. In other areas, aircraft are just deposited as exhibits without any active link with role. Of course, the limiting factor is available space. Coupled with that, there appears to be a shortage of money; the roof was leaking in one of the halls and there was plastic sheeting over an aircraft's tail assembly, and buckets on the floor elsewhere. At the end of our visit, around 16.15, we tried to get a drink in the restaurant but it was closed. As a free attraction, it is well worth a visit, but IWM Duxford is, sadly, a better visitor experience.
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