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King Charles III Unveils Plaque & Passing Torch to Prince of Wales at Army Flying Museum

Today marked a momentous occasion at the Army Flying Museum as His Majesty King Charles III graced the premises with his presence. The King, amidst a backdrop of esteemed guests, unveiled a plaque commemorating the arrival of the new Apache AH Mk.1 exhibit, a testament to the museum’s dedication to preserving military aviation history.

During his visit, His Majesty had the opportunity to engage with members of the Museum team, alongside serving Army Air Corps personnel, their families, and veterans. This encounter provided a poignant reminder of the close-knit community that surrounds the Army Flying Museum, a community bound by shared experiences and a deep-rooted respect for aviation heritage.

In a touching gesture, His Majesty The King officially passed the mantle of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. This symbolic transition, marked by a ceremony at the Army Aviation Centre, signified a new chapter in the Corps’ esteemed history.

Reflecting on his tenure as Colonel-in-Chief, His Majesty expressed both joy and sadness, remarking, “Let me just say what a great joy it is to be with you even briefly on this occasion but also it is tinged with great sadness after 32 years of knowing you all, admiring your many activities and achievements through the time that I’ve been lucky enough to be Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps.”

As the Army Flying Museum prepares to open its doors to the public, showcasing the newly unveiled Apache AH Mk.1 exhibit from Wednesday 15th May, anticipation runs high. With expectations of a bustling turnout, visitors are encouraged to secure their bookings in advance, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience for all. Book here:

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