Aviation Heritage

‘A Tale of Two Apprentices’ Cranwell Aviation Heritage

May 1
1st May 2023 - 31st May 2023

Explore Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre's latest interactive exhibition based on the tales of two remarkable lives, with a flight simulator and hands-on activities to enjoy too!

This exhibition showcases the remarkable experiences of two young men, Herbert Tomlin and Frank Whittle, who joined the RAF as 'Boy' entrants and completed their apprenticeships in technical trades at the Boys' Wing, RAF Cranwell.

Although starting in the same place, both apprentices embarked on contrasting journeys in life. While one of them remained relatively unknown, the other went on to become the subject of biographies, documentaries, and memorials.

Follow both Herbert and Frank’s journeys from their early days as apprentices, exploring the fascinating story of Frank Whittle and his progression through the RAF leading to his most remembered project, the Jet Engine. You will gain another interesting perspective in the story of Herbert Tomlin, an RAF apprentice and one of ‘Trenchard’s Brats’.

  • Cafe / Tea RoomCafe / Tea Room
  • ParkingParking
  • AccessibleAccessible
  • ToiletsToilets
  • Gift ShopGift Shop
  • Groups WelcomeGroups Welcome

opening times

Open Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
10:00 - 15:00

entry & prices

Free entry
(nominal charge for group visits)

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more information

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Heath Farm

North Rauceby


NG34 8QR

More About The Venue

Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum

Discover the fascinating story of the historic Royal Air Force College Cranwell and experience what it feels like to be a pilot on the Jet Provost flight simulator.