RFC dog jacket. Dogs were an airman's best friend. They were popular mascots and regularly appear in photographs of air and ground crews. This dog jacket was worn by a Yorkshire terrier belonging to an officer of the Royal Flying Corps who had an RFC tailor make it. It is adorned with RFC Pilot's wings, Captain and Observer badges.
Anti-airship incendiary. This anti-airship incendiary device was developed by the Royal Laboratory, Woolwich. The spikes were intended to pierce and lodge in the airship's gas bag, triggering a firebomb contained in the orange sphere. This was one of many defensive measures adopted by the RFC, RNAS and RAF during the war to defend Britain from aerial attack, including fighter aircraft, balloon aprons and anti-aircraft artillery.
Still from the wartime film 'Tails Up France'. A section of the wartime film 'Tails Up France', also entitled 'The life of an RAF officer in France', shows how airmen were trained and how they, and their aircraft, worked. Watch excerpts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/royalairforcemuseum/8168856399/in/photostream By permission IWM (Imperial War Museums) http://www.iwm.org.uk/?utm_source=RAF%2BMuseum_medium=exhibition_campaign=FWW%2Bexhibition
First World War medals. These medals were awarded to Flight Sergeant Frank R.V. Tealby, a technical illustrator for the Royal Flying Corps and whose drawings appear in many sets of rigging notes. Tealby was a plumber by civilian occupation and had joined the RFC in January 1915.
British aircraft rudder. This rudder is from Sopwith Snipe E7604, built by the Ruston & Proctor Company on 20 March 1918 under contract 35a/433/c301. In conjunction with the ailerons (moveable flaps on the wings) and elevators (moveable flaps located on the tailplane), the rudder helps to steer the aircraft.
'The visiting Corporal'. This painting, by Emile Antoine Verpilleux, shows an RFC airman carrying a Marconi pole which was used to support a wireless aerial. The RFC quickly mastered the use of wireless telegraphy and established a system of air-to-ground communication in which the wireless was integral. This Wireless Operator would have assisted the artillery in targeting enemy positions by receiving signals from an Observer in the air and passing them on to the camouflaged gun position,
Boddy lifejacket. The Boddy lifejacket was originally invented by George Mallory Boddy in 1914. It was designed to keep the wearer afloat and face upwards if they were brought down at sea. The Royal Flying Corps formally adopted the Boddy No. 5 jacket in 1916, although it was restricted to air crew below 5 feet 9 inches in height.