“Tradition does not die in the ashes but is carried forward in the flames”

Royal Auxiliary Air Force Foundation

 Patron:  HRH  The  Duke  of  Gloucester

RAuxAF EXHIBITION

The RAuxAF Exhibition has its origins in a visit in 2008 by the Foundation’s Secretary, Squadron Leader Tony Freeman, to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor's Centre at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.. Lincolnshire Museums who run the Centre kindly agreed for the Foundation to exhibit for a short time up to 16 panels charting the history of the RAuxAF from its formation in 1924 up to the present day. The panels were designed  the Foundation Secretary who also provided the text..


The Exhibition was opened in August 2009 and, although scheduled for a 6 month tenure, actually remaned in situ for 2 years before replaced with a permanent but smaller RAuxAF history mounted in a display case. The original Exhibition panels were then dismantled and shipped to RAF Leeming in Yorkshire. However, for operational reasons, the general public could only view them by prior appointment.


 In September 2016, the Secreary visited the Battle of Britain Museum at Bentley Priory following which he was invited to give a presentation on the role of the Auxiliary Air Force in the Battle. He tookavantage of the occasion to get the agreement of the Museum to display an updated version of the original 16 panels. It remained at Bentley Priory until 2016 when it too was dismantled and re-installed at the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum at Heathall Dumfries. where it can be seen on most weekends.


All costs associated with producing the panels were met from Foundation funds but the cost of producing the panels themselves were met from Public Funds, through Command Graphics at HQ Air Command at High Wycombe to which the Foundation expresses its gratitude.


The Dumfries And Galloway Aviation Museum is based on the old RAF Dumfries airfield control tower at Heathhall to the North East of Dumfries. It houses a rebuilt Spitfire, dredged up from Loch Doon and is home to an Airborne Forces Museum as well as over a dozen aircraft and other displays. The control tower itself houses many engines, a replica air traffic control and many other artifacts. It recently purchased the site outright, with the aid of funding and has also recently erected four large nissen type huts , one of which will be used to house the RAuxAF archives. The Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year and on wednedays and fridays during the summer months April to October and is signposted from the A75 Dumfries bypass.