Society of Friends of the Fleet Air Arm Museum

The Society of Friends of the Fleet Air Arm Museum (SoFFAAM) was formed in 1979. A thriving and active organisation, its object is the education of the public by promotion, support, assistance and improvement of the museum through the activities of a group of members. It aims to achieve this object by a lively programme of events, including talks and excursions. Some details of these events can be seen in this website.

The Society draws its membership from a broad cross-section of society (by no means all from a military background) at home and abroad. Membership at present exceeds 1,000 and continues to expand. The membership fee has been held at £12 per year for several years and the Society’s Council has no plans to raise this in the near future. Members are invited to contribute to our lively Journal “Jabberwock” (provided free of charge to all members).

Members who wish to receive reprints of individual articles from the Jabberwock archive (which includes every copy from the earliest days) should contact the Editor (see the contacts page for details). For individual articles, this service is at present free. We have a long-term aim to provide a comprehensive index for the archive, although achievement of this aim will depend partly on the level of demand.

SoFFAAM is a Registered Charity, No. 280725.

Seven Decades of Naval Aviation

Top row, from left: Bristol Boxkite, early trainer; the Museum’s Supermarine Walrus, partly restored by SOFFAAM volunteers; HMS Hermes, in 1970. Middle row: One of the founders of the Royal Naval Air Service, Charles Rumney Samson, pictured late in his career as an Air Commodore in the RAF; Grumman Wildcat (known as Martlet in the RN) about to launch from an Escort Carrier; mighty lend-lease fighter, the Vought Corsair; Gannet Mk 1, anti-submarine specialist. Bottom row: 1920s trainer, the Avro Tutor; Fairey Albacore, torpedo, bomber, reconnaissance aircraft; Fairey Swordfish of the RN Historic Flight.