On the outbreak of World War 1, Alfred de Rothschild offered his estate to Lord Kitchener for military training. In 1917 RAF Halton became the main training unit for aircraft mechanics. On Rothschild’s death in January 1918, his nephew Lionel inherited Halton House and its 3,000-acre estate. Fortunately, Lionel was a willing seller and the estate was purchased by the War Office in 1919 for £112,000. At the end of World War 1, Marshal of the Royal Air Force Hugh Montague Trenchard had a vision of a permanent RAF base and this was endorsed by Winston Churchill, Secretary of State for Air in December 1919. Trenchard believed the only way to recruit high-quality mechanics for the Service was to train them internally. The first entry of 500 boys arrived in January 1922 now named the No 1 School of Technical Training.
We will commence our visit by meeting at 10:15 and after check-in, we will be given an introduction to the events of the day. The events will include a tour of the magnificent Halton House followed by tea/coffee and an opportunity to ask questions from our guide. This will be followed by a visit to the Trenchard Museum, a talk on the History of the Air Museum, and experience in an aircraft simulator. Lunch will be served in the Airmen’s Mess and comprise two courses, a main and dessert, with members making their choice of dish from the menu of the day.
As RAF Halton is a military base, we will be required to produce specific personal documentation including names of all members and guests attending, plus identification in the form of photographic ID. Further details and directions will be provided when confirming your application.
NOTE: There are only a limited number of places for this event so please apply early.