Replica WWI biplane comes to Stonehenge for February Half Term

  • It's been 100 years since the Royal Flying Corps housed their aircraft near Stonehenge
  • This february half term visitors will encounter a Se5A fighter plane and discover stories of Stonehenge and the landscape

This February half term, visitors to Stonehenge might be a little suprised by the addition of a replica WW1 biplane which will be on show in the outdoor exhibition at the visitor centre.

As well as experiencing one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe, you'll also be able to discover stories of Stonehenge and the Wiltshire landscape during the First World War with performances from our historical pilots. Kids can even take a seat inside the Se5A fighter plane and imagine taking to the skies above the stones 100 years ago.

An aerial photograph showing Stonehenge and the remaining aerodrome buildings in 1928 | © Historic England Archive

A military aerodrome was built near Stonehenge in 1917 and the Royal Flying Corps housed their aircraft close to the Stone Circle. They practiced their flying skills around the monument, as the flatlands of Wiltshire provided early pilots with a perfect landscape above which they could learn the art of aerial navigation.

The aerodrome was home to a range of aircraft. While few traces survive today, performers will bring this aviation history to life at Stonehenge this february half term.

Performances will take place near the Neolithic Houses outside the Stonehenge visitor centre at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

  • Find more about the event here and more about the history of aviation at Stonehenge here.

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