The Royal Air Force is delighted to be working in partnership with the Scouts and to sponsor the Air Researcher Badge as part of a strategy to inspire and enthuse young men and women about Science Technology, Engineering and Maths.

Operating at the leading edge of technology and with a workforce of 31,000 of which 50% are engineers, the RAF relies on a constant inflow of talented and motivated young people to help us undertake our role as part of the UK’s Defence and as a force for good around the world.  The UK is suffering from a shortfall of suitably qualified young people to fill the growing number of STEM vacancies in the Labour Market.

We are especially keen to encourage young women to consider non-traditional, technical career pathways and we are working hard to help as many young people as we can to be the best they can be, in whatever specialization they choose to follow.

Scout Air Researcher Activity Badge

Make Do Share Winter 16 - Lolly stick bi-plane activity download

Take Part

We are currently working with the Scouts to produce an activity pack in support of the Air Researcher badge that will give scouts insight into the world of aviation and aerospace from the birth of our organization in 1918 to our Centenary in 2018.

Check back soon for resources in Spring 2017!

RAF Takeover Day at RAF Museum, Cosford

Saturday 14th October

Scout Take Over day at RAF Museum Cosford. The perfect opportunity for Scouts to complete their Air Researcher Activity Badge, by taking part in a series of tailored workshops and a tour of the museum.

Please note that the workshops places have sold out and are now full

RAF and TSA are working towards holding another event and round of badge workshops for Scouts in early 2018. Watch this space!

Air shows

Over the summer months, the RAF are hosting a number of events at the following sites. 

The Royal International Tattoo- RAF Fairford - Swindon - 14th - 16th July 2017

The Air Tattoo, one of the UK's premier outdoor events, returns next summer with an extravaganza of entertainment for all the family.  FREE entry for accompanied under-16s!

Royal International Air Tattoo poster

More information about The Royal International Tattoo

Buy tickets here

Scampton Air show - RAF Scampton - Lincoln- 9th and 10th September 2017

Scampton Air show is the East of England's newest airshow, the home of the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team - The Red Arrows. Under 16's go FREE!

Scampton Airshow poster

Scampton Airshow website

Buy tickets here

Date for the diary- RAF Take over day at RAF Cosford on Saturday 14th October 2017! More information to follow.



This Link takes you to all group bookings for all IWM within the UK.

Admission to IWM London is free.
Admission to IWM Manchester is free.

IWM Duxford offers a special group rate for any group of 10 or more.  Children aged 15 and under are charged £6.55 each. Over 16 are charged £12.25 each.    With a pre-booked group we also offer free admission for 1 adult for every 10 children.  All additional adults are charged £12.25 each.  The visit must be booked by completing our on-line Visit Request form.


This is the best site for all UK aeronautical UK based museums, it has links to every museum in the UK

About RAF

The RAF is the air component of the United Kingdom's Armed Forces. (The other Services being the Royal Navy and British Army). It is the oldest independent airforce in the world. The RAF's mission is to support the objectives of the British Ministry of Defence (MoD), which are to "provide the capabilities needed: to ensure the security and defence of the United Kingdom and overseas territories, including against terrorism; to support the Government’s foreign policy objectives particularly in promoting international peace and security." The RAF describe its mission statement as "... [to provide] An agile, adaptable and capable Air Force that, person for person, is second to none, and that makes a decisive air power contribution in support of the UK Defence Mission." The mission statement is supported by the RAF's definition of air power, which guides its strategy. Air power is defined as "the ability to project power from the air and space to influence the behaviour of people or the course of events."

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