James McCudden Flight Heritage Centre

James McCudden Flight Heritage Centre


On 26 June 2014 Lord Trenchard performed the ceremonial opening of the James McCudden Flight Heritage Centre (JMFHC). The JMFHC, which is a branch of the Trenchard Museum, has been created to promote air mindedness in RAF recruits, air cadets, school children and other interested parties. It has been developed by volunteers using redundant equipment and funds donated by 3 major sponsors and by museum visitors. We are extremely grateful to the RAF Charitable Trust and to the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust for enabling us to acquire a state-of-the-art flight simulator and to the Heritage Lottery Fund who financed the large stand which is fundamental to the centre’s displays.

Central to the display is a Grasshopper Glider from the 1950s, one of the simplest flying machines ever used by the RAF, with all control systems visible and working. Around it are ranged: a display on the history of flight, aero engines, a wind tunnel and wind machines, aero instrument display rigs, a model airfield, a collection of air navigation instruments, a Chipmunk aircraft cockpit, a flight simulator and a Link Trainer D4. Some of these require further development and we expect to address other flight topics in the future. Also on view is what will become a full size replica of the Mayfly. This small biplane was designed by the staff and built by staff and apprentices here at Halton in 1926. It flew well; winning prizes in several light plane events, but suffered a bad landing and was broken up in 1930. Having no original drawings much of the detail is being invented by our staff.

Visitors - we have organised visits for

Air Training Corp

Combined Cadet Force


Scouts/Explorer Scouts


Local Community

Other interested parties

Both The Trenchard Museum and The James McCudden Flight Heritage Centre are open to the public on Tuesdays between 10 am and 4pm, and at other times by prior arrangement. Please note that there are some restrictions on Recruit Graduation days.

To visit:

Telephone 01296656841 (you can leave an answer phone message)

E-mail: trenchard.jmfhc@gmail.com.

Bring an identity document (with photograph)

Report to the Guardroom, on Tring Road, at the agreed time to be escorted to the Museum.

We look forward to seeing you

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