The device used to measure the airspeed of a Concorde, the logbooks of royal flights and the controversial paper frock worn by crew in the late 1960s are just a few of the treasures displayed at the British Airways Speedbird Centre Heritage Collection, which is of particular interest to aviation buffs this 80th anniversary year of BA’s passenger flights between Australia and London. The collection, housed in a room flanking the “indoor street” of BA’s suburb-sized HQ at Waterside, near Heathrow, is staffed by marvellously knowledgeable volunteers, many of whom are retired staff. With an extensive photographic archive, a catwalk of uniforms and priceless props such as the telegram received midflight by the new Queen from her mother, consoling her on the death of her father in 1952, the volunteers recount tales of innovation and derring-do by BA and its predecessor companies as they built aircraft and forged flight paths across the globe. Fly a jumbo in one of BA’s 17 flight simulators used to train pilots. From £399 ($869) for an hour’s simulated flight. More: britishairways.com/en-gb/baft. The museum is open weekdays for pre-booked visits. More: firstname.lastname@example.org.