|Are all RAF pilots like her, Daddy?|
Well, it's all very shiny. I'd been warned there is much dumbing-down in evidence, but I can't really agree with that; and the hardware is all there (check out that Vulcan bomb bay, lads); and the archive is as fine and professional as ever.
But there is certainly, how shall we put it, a lot of 'profiling' going on. In this new intro hall, illustrating the 100 years of the service there are many individual stories told on the back of life-size cardboard photos of RAF personnel, like the rather fetching one on the right.
Are you getting the picture? Yes: of the 51 RAF people whose photos appear in this hall, 21 are of women, almost 42%.
Now: what % of today's RAF, do you imagine, are women? Answer: 17%. And what was the figure at the height of WW2? 16%. And what % of the 109,484 members of the Service who gave their lives on active service ..? They don't mention that.
But are we surprised? - when soi-dissant *historian* Dan Snow can lie to his children that women flew Spitfires in combat? By contrast with shameful behaviour like that, the exhibition is as pure as the driven, errrr, snow.
Still, I am pleased to note the Museum still describes the prominent twin Aden cannon-bulges on the Hawker Hunter as 'Sabrinas'. Until some passing thought-policeperson notices ...