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By SPP Reporter

Officers’ Mess. The Army Air Corps Officers’ Mess, as its name implies, is the official home of all Army Air Corps officers and permanent staff. Additionally, it has the function of catering to the needs of officer students.

Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess. The Mess building embodies two Messes, AACen Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess and the Headquarters Warrant Officers’ and Sergeants’ Mess of the Army Air Corps. The Mess caters for all WOs and SNCOs stationed at Middle Wallop; in addition it also caters for the needs of all visiting SNCO course students. The Headquarters Mess, commonly referred to as the ‘Corps’ Mess, is the spiritual home of all AACWOs and SNCOs wherever they are stationed. On arrival all WOs and SNCOs, whether living in or out, are to report to the Mess Manager and Accountant to ‘book in’. They must also introduce themselves to the Presiding Member at the earliest opportunity.

Museum of Army Flying

The Museum of Army Flying is located on the edge ofthe AAC airfield on the A343 between Andover and Salisbury. The Museum tells the story of Army flying from the earliest days of military ballooning in the 1880s right up to the present time with over 35 aircraft and a huge number of artefacts in the collection.The Museum provides a great day out for all the familyand during Hampshire school holidays there are freeactivities for families every weekday.

Situated at the reception is the Museum shop which holds uniform badges, berets and stable belts alongside souvenirs, books and gifts, all at very reasonable prices.

On the first floor overlooking the airfield is the ApacheCafé. Visitors are free to use the café without purchasing Museum entry and it is the ideal place to drop in for big breakfasts, homemade cakes, lunches, children’s parties and even evening functions.

The Museum is also available to hire and the Hayward Hall is a fantastic venue for a party, dinner or even a wedding reception. More information, menus and images can be found at www.armyflying.com/hire.

The Museum, shop and café are all open daily throughout the year except for 24-26 December. The Museum and shop are open 1000 to 1630 (1730 in July and August) and the café is open 0900 to 1600 (last orders 1530).

If you live/work at AACen Middle Wallop, you are eligiblefor a free pass to the Museum by simply providing a utility bill. For more information, visit the Museum website at www.armyflying.com or call 01264 784421.

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