Welcome to the British Aviation Archaeological Council

The BAAC is the official national body in the United Kingdom for aviation archaeologists and researchers of historic aircraft crashes.

The aims of the council are...

  • To establish and maintain ethical standards
  • To provide a forum for discussion
  • To provide advice for member groups
  • To liaise with national and international bodies
  • To promote the preservation of aircraft relics and relevant historical documents

BAAC groups

Amateur groups exist in Britain and on the Continent, with the aim of researching and recovering the remains of crashed historic aircraft. Most of these aircraft were military aircraft lost during the Second World War and, in some cases, circumstances led to substantial remains being left buried. Today wartime relics are becoming increasingly rare and it is entirely appropriate that most groups display their finds, for the public to appreciate. Groups are encouraged to research the background of each incident, display relics in the context of their local history and to commemorate those who, all too often, died in the crashes. Many groups concentrate on certain types of aircraft or parts of the country.

Currently the council is made up of some 29 member groups with an additional 7 individual research members, we also have 5 associate members outside of the UK.

Don't flout the law

In the UK it is an offence under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 to interfere with the crash site of a military aircraft. All BAAC groups obtain the necessary licence and other consents to investigate crash sites legally.