RFC & RAF Tour which traces the history of the RFC until the merger with the Royal Naval Air Service on 1 April 1918 to form the Royal Air Force. It covers the aircraft, the brave men who fought and died in aerial combat and the airfields in France.
The date is a bespoke tour
The cost – includes breakfast, hotel accommodation, coach, museums and guide, but not food and drinks. – is £1,285 per person. Please note that this is the cost of a single occupancy in a single room as we wish to be open with the all-inclusive costs. A discount of 10% is available for bookings with two people sharing a room.
You are accompanied by a tour leader to ensure that your tour runs smoothly.
This is a coach tour and your tour guide is Andrew White
Andrew is a retired RAF wing commander; who served in the Intelligence Branch for 26 years until 2011, seeing operational service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Iraq. Andrew hold’s Badge no. 37 from the Guild of Battlefield Guides, and has had two books published.
Meet at Ashford International station. Catch the coach to Stow Maries Aerodrome in Essex. This is a historical airfield which was in use by the Royal Flying Corps (latterly the Royal Air Force) during the First World War. It has been given listed status on account of being the best-preserved airfield from the First World War.
Visit St Omer airfield, the birthplace of the RAF. Then on to Arras Flying Services Memorial to hear of stories of these brave men.
Visit Von Richthofen crash site the most successful ace of WW1 who led the famous ‘Flying Circus’ whom Herman Goering was a member. Visit the well preserved Vert Galant airfield followed by a visit to James McCudden’s grave who was among the most highly decorated airmen in British military history.
Aubigny Communal Cemetery followed by Albert Ball’s crash site and grave. The famous German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, remarked upon hearing of Ball’s death that he was “by far the best English flying man”. Return home