Welcome to the Royal Air Force Museum Laarbruch - Weeze e.V.
Museum for Peace and Friendship
Opening hours *** closed due to COVID19 until further notice ***
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
from 1400 hrs. to 1700 hrs
Winter break: Mid December to beginning March
The entrance fee is € 3,– for adults, and children up to 14 years of age are free of charge.
Groups are welcome at any time, but are requested to make an appointment for a conducted tour (€ 5,–)
Rod Hawkins +49 2832 70158
Heinz Willi Knechten +49 178 1356324
Donations are welcome:
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RAF Museum Laarbruch-Weeze e.V.
Germany’s first and only Royal Air Force Museum, invites you to a trip down memory lane, through 45 years of Royal Air Force presence in Laarbruch, Weeze and the Lower Rhine area.
The museum was first opened to the public on June 3rd 2007.
The aim of the museum is to document the history of the former military airbase Laarbruch. The former St Peter`s Church has been renovated for this purpose, and now contains a large selection of exhibits including two aircraft cockpits (Canberra T4 and Buccaneer).
An English Electric Canberra PR7 is on display since March 2016. The museum is attempting to purchase more types of aircraft that were stationed at Laarbruch.
Recently purchased towards the collection is a Hawker Hunter T.7.
Free Parking at Royal Air Force Museum Laarbruch
- For the “normal” museum visitor, an agreement has been made with the airport that a parking space behind the COVA building can be used free of charge for the duration of the museum visit.
- Four lanes lead to the barriers and cash gates.
- If you want to visit the museum, take the left lane, which is somewhat confusingly called “exit”.
- It goes straight on through the roundabout.
- Immediately to the right is a white building with a big 7 and the lettering “COVA”.
- Immediately behind this building you turn right.
- From the parking lot it is only a few steps across the road to the museum.
“Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum Laarbruch – Weeze e.V.” was founded on the 30th of January 2006 in Weeze. It is a non-profit organisation and is registered as such in the Register of Associations in Geldern.
Left to right: Hal Palmer, Marianne Goossens, Steve Freienstein, Cilly Hawkins-Grüterich, Rod Hawkins, Manfred Beckers, Horst Gaulke, Reinhard Janssen, Mark Moodie, H W Knechten
Missing: Dr. Bernd Ahlbrecht and Wacky Knechten
At the General Meeting on the 22nd of April 2016 the following members were elected to form a committee:
|Chairman||Heinz Willi Knechten, Weeze|
|Vice Chairman||S/L Rod Hawkins MBE RAF(Rtd.),Kevelaer|
|Treasurer||Cilly Hawkins-Grüterich, Kevelaer|
|Secretary||Horst Gaulke, Weeze|
|Vice Secretary||Marianne Goossens, Weeze|
|Assessor||Dr. Bernd-Rüdiger Ahlbrecht, Kevelaer|
|Assessor||Manfred Beckers, Geldern|
|Assessor||Steve Freienstein (Hill), ex RAF, Goch|
|Assessor||Reinhard Janssen, Weeze|
|Assessor||Franz-Josef Knechten, Weeze|
|Assessor||Mark Moodie, ex RAF-Police, Nieuw-Bergen,NL|
|Assessor||Hal Palmer,Well, NL|