"The Royal Air Force Memorial" Royal Air Force Museum Tip by easyoar

Royal Air Force Museum, London: 8 reviews and 24 photos

  The Royal Air Force Memorial
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The Royal Air Force Memorial sits on the Victoria Embankment very close to Cleopatra's Needle and almost immediately opposite the London Eye. This is quite majestic looking, especially the gilded eagle and globe at the top. The Memorial was erected in 1923 to remember “all ranks of the Royal Navy Air Service, Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force and those Air Forces from every part of the British Empire who gave their lives in winning victory for their King and Country 1914 - 1918”. Of course after WWII, it needed updating, and in 1946, an inscription was added commemorating the airmen who died in the 1939 - 1945 war. In case you wonder, the eagle and globe are not gold, they are bronze, although of course the globe has not ben gilded.

The initial plan was to have the Eagle facing in from the river, but this plan was revised and it now points out over the river. Apparently this is symbolic as it now faces France where I think a lot of airmen were lost.

Coincidentally, the RAF is the worlds oldest independent air force - it was formed in 1918.

Address: Grahame Park Way, London NW9 5LL
Directions: Nearest Tube, Colindale. Near Edgeware
Phone: +44 20 8205 2266
Website: http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/

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  • Written May 21, 2006
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