On Thursday 25th November the History GCSE groups from Years 10 and 11 visited the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton. The purpose of the visit was to learn more about the Korean War, the role of the Fleet Air Arm and the development of aircraft throughout the 20th century.
Alex Hood in Year 10 has written a comprehensive report of the visit:
In the freezing cold, on the 25th November, 14 cool children (no pun intended) were off to the renowned Fleet Air Arm Museum.
Although the minibus journey wasn’t the quietest (what do you expect with 14 teenagers?!) the journey was well worth the wait. Full of 20th century planes the Fleet Air Arm Museum would be a shame to miss. You can see all the history crammed into a very large area.
As we walked up the steps we were met by a very friendly Stu, who had a great sense of whacky humour. He led us through an elephantine hangar to the infamous plane, Concorde. It’s unbelievable how big planes are in reality, especially Concorde.
After a toilet break Stu led us to our learning room (headquarters) to witness what was incredibly enjoyable: he brought out pilot uniforms, some of which were over 100 years old! He showed what they looked like on ‘mannequins’ – which were my classmates, including me! Although it was awkward wearing the uniforms in front of everyone, you really got a sense of what those early pilots had to go through.
We stopped for a break and food (which was sorely needed after no breakfast!) We then had a presentation, which although it was very informative, was rather long. Although it was long and I found it difficult to concentrate all the time, the information boffin inside me loved learning so much in one slideshow! We learnt how horrible the Korean War was: full of horrible conditions, blood-shed and pain – it was very clear that the Korean War was a catastrophe for both North and South Korea. It was also alarming to realise how close the world came to a Third World War!
After the presentation we had lunch and then moved on to the observation room to witness Harrier Jets and Helicopter take-offs. The Harriers were far away, but that did not detract from the enjoyment. These Harrier Jets will not fly again – so this felt like a really historic day.
After the take-offs we had to travel home – the conversations home were about 2Wow! I didn’t know planes were that big…” and “Aaron looked like a real pilot in that uniform…” and “I didn’t realise pilots actually fell out of those early planes…”
I think we would all love to make another visit there because we would enjoy seeing more of the museum.