DON’T MISS OUR SUMMER CELEBRATIONS AT THE DE HAVILLAND AIRCRAFT MUSEUM
July 27th 1949: the De Havilland DH106 Comet, the world’s first commercial jet airliner, took to the sky on its maiden flight from Hatfield, piloted by John “Cats Eyes” Cunningham. On display at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum The Museum’s exhibit is the fuselage of the first of three Comet 1A airliners built at Hatfield in 1953 for Air France. It was acquired by the Museum in 1985 and is the only remaining example of a Comet fuselage with the original square windows and the interior has been restored to allow visitors to experience 1950’s air travel
Plus between 10.30am and 11am on 27th July(weather Permitting) we have the Shuttleworth Museum’s DH 88 Comet-Grosvenor House –overflying at low level.
Plus Join us in celebrating the 70th anniversary of this ground-breaking event, which coincided with the birthdays of Sir Geoffrey de Havilland and John Cunningham, so we have a lot to celebrate here with the help of the world-renowned JiveSwing.Com*!
Dress vintage or come as you are for our family-friendly
- Vintage Tea Dance in front of the world’s last remaining DH106 Comet 1. – Vintage swing dance show with our special guests JiveSwing.Com*
- Social dancing – Charity donation cake & refreshments stand – Take a tour inside the DH106 Comet 1 and learn its tumultuous history
- Kids summer holiday activities
- All other museum exhibits open as usual
Come along, bring your smiles and dancing shoes! Activities free on museum entry – for details click here.
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THE DE HAVILLAND AIRCRAFT MUSEUM IN THE 21st CENTURY PROJECT – WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
THANKS to money raised by National Lottery players, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant of nearly £2 million and funding received from several Trusts and Foundations including The Garfield Weston Trust, The Hobson Charity, The Foyle Foundation, Paul Allen Philanthropies, The Kirby Laing Foundation, Barclays Bank and donations from our many supporters, the “de Havilland Aircraft Museum in the 21st Century Project” is now being built. It is a significant investment in Hertfordshire’s aviation heritage and Community facilities.
The Project enables the building of a large new hangar at the museum, providing an all-undercover experience for visitors to see a range of historic aircraft designed by the de Havilland Aircraft Company at its Hatfield factory .The New Hangar also provides a range of syndicate rooms on a mezzanine floor which will offer the local community an exciting venue for meetings, conferences, parties, learning and other social events.
Museum chairman Alan Brackley stressed that the museum will be continue to be open to visitors six days a week during 2019 all the time that building is in progress and the need to continue to raise funding to ensure that the project can be completed so please help by making a donation or purchasing a commemorative plaque.
“Visitors will not be inconvenienced in any way whatsoever,” said Mr. Brackley. “All of our Museum will be accessible for visitors to get close to and into several of our military aircraft and civil airliners.”
A feature of the volunteer-run museum is that visitors can see also restoration work being carried out on some of the aircraft, such as the DH.98 Mosquito and DH.106 Comet.
Mr Brackley added: “Thanks to the money raised by the National Lottery players and the many other supporters of the museum the new hangar project will not only safely display several important aircraft exhibits inside the new building away from the rigors of the British weather.
We still need donations to complete the project so please consider making a donation to our New Hangar Fund-your donation will help us continue our work in preserving the de Havilland Heritage”
You can support the Hangar fund by clicking here.
Sir Geoffrey de Havilland Hangar virtual tour