“Man’s Greatest and Most Glorious Triumph”: A Visit to the Royal Air Force Museum London

July 28 to the July 30 was the one free weekend of William and Mary’s Summer Study Abroad Program at Cambridge. The timing was perfect, as the Royal Air Force Museum Reading Room is only open Monday through Friday. So while everyone else was boarding trains and planes to go to their weekend destinations on Friday, I boarded a 7:15 am train to London to head to the Royal Air Force Museum. Although my reading room appointment was not until 1 in the afternoon, I got to the Museum right after it opened so I could give myself plenty of time to look around at all the exhibits.

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Remembering Major James Thomas Byford McCudden

A scanned photograph of James McCudden I obtained before starting preliminary research.

A scanned photograph of James McCudden I obtained before starting preliminary research.

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Early Hurdles in Royal Flying Corps Research

Although I do not leave for England until July 6, I have spent the past few weeks preparing for potential research appointments while I am there. I am very happy that I started the process early, as there are many steps I have taken in order to set up research appointments and ensure that different source collections are available to view. Unfortunately, I discovered that the Rhys Davids family papers housed at Cambridge’s Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies will be unavailable for viewing during my time at Cambridge due to construction and renovations. Upon my arrival at Cambridge, I will inquire again to see if any updates allowing access to the papers have taken place.

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Abstract: Knights and Gladiators: Social Class in the Royal Flying Corps

My name is Abby Whitlock. I’m a rising junior at the College and I am double majoring in History and European Studies. This summer, I am taking part in the William and Mary Summer Program at Cambridge and doing preliminary research for my Honors thesis.

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