The MemorialProject Eagle Phase 1
Project Eagle is the name given to a 3 phase project that aims to modernise the Museum, thus underpinning its future sustainability. As the initial phase of Project Eagle, the Museum is planning to build a Memorial. This will commemorate all those who have died in service of British Army flying, from early pioneers who first took to the air in the 1870s to the present day Army Air Corps. It is currently expected to complete the Memorial by September 2017.
This Memorial will be unique in listing the names of aircrew, support staff, and ground crews of the Royal Flying Corps, Air Observation Post Squadrons, Glider Pilot Regiment and Army Air Corps who have died in the service of British Army flying. It will provide a focus for remembrance for all those who have been involved in British Army aviation. It will be a powerful reminder that behind the historic events are stories of courage and sacrifice involving more than 5,000 brave soldiers over nearly 140 years.
Design work for the Memorial is complete, as are the various surveys etc. that need to be completed before building. The Memorial will be built at the far end of the field adjacent to the Airfield and will be circular in design with the names inscribed on the inside wall. From the outside, it will resemble a tumulus – a common sight in this part of England (see artist’s impressions below). We expect building work to start in the summer and are very much hoping that the Memorial will be completed by September 2017.
If you have any suggestions, questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact the Archivist at Archivist@flying-museum.org.uk
Unless specifically stated otherwise, the Museum assume that donations to the Flying Soldiers Heritage Appeal may be used for any Phase of Project Eagle or, in the event of insufficient funds being raised, used for other improvements in the Museum. Excess funds may also be used in this way.