The Archive


The Museum Library and Archive holds a unique collection of published volumes covering all aspects of Army flying including early aviation, the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Artillery Air Observation Post Squadrons, the Glider Pilot Regiment and the modern Army Air Corps. The Museum Archive is a rich source of original documents of historical, personal and technical interest. It contains personal and official papers, flying log books, pilots’ notes, manuals and a large collection of photographs and slides. The Archive also maintains a personnel database for individuals who served with the Glider Pilot Regiment and the Royal Artillery Air Observation Post Squadrons.

Research is carried out by Museum staff and experienced volunteers with considerable knowledge of the history of Army aviation, and are subject to charges. Any research fees are to assist The Museum of Army Flying Trust, a registered charity, to fund the preservation and maintenance of the archive collections for use by future generations.

The Archives are all kept within the museum building and research enquiries and visits of all types are welcomed. However prior notice of a visit is essential so that a date/time for visiting can be agreed and the required material obtained in advance of arrival. This is best arranged and discussed with the Archivist on archivist@flying-museum.org.uk or 01264 784421.