|Fordhouses, West Midlands|
|WV9 5EW||West Midlands|
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This museum was dedicated to the historic aircraft manufacturer Boulton Paul, and the aviation heritage of the Wolverhampton area. The exhibits were housed within the former Boulton Paul factory. Although more of a busy workshop than a display museum, the rare exhibits and active and friendly volunteer workers made this low key location well worth a visit.
During October 2011 the new owners of the factory announced plans to relocate work elsewhere and shut the Fordhouses site permanently at the end of 2012. This meant that the Heritage Project had to find a new home. Eventually RAF Museum Cosford offered to house the archives and exhibits, and these were duly moved between October 2012 and April 2013.
Within the Smiths Aerospace complex, in Wobaston Road, on the left hand side, 1.5 miles from the A445 Wolverhampton to Stafford road.
This attraction closed permanently at the end of October 2012.
|Balliol T.2 WN149 (photo, Kevin Pitt)||Defiant I FSM ‘L7005’ (photo, Kevin Pitt)|
|Defiant I N3378 (photo, Kevin Pitt)||P.6 FSM ‘X-25’ (photo, Kevin Pitt)|
List of Aircraft Exhibits
|Displayed I.D.||Aircraft Type||Real Identity||Condition||Fate|
|G-FBPI||ANEC IV Missel Thrush||G-FBPI||Fuselage||Removed|
|VP519||Avro Anson C.19/2||VP519||Cockpit||Relocated|
|‘X-25’||Boulton Paul P.6||–||FSM||Relocated|
|WN149||Boulton Paul Balliol T.2||WN149||Fuselage||Relocated|
|WN534||Boulton Paul Balliol T.2||WN534||Cockpit||Removed|
|N3378||Boulton Paul Defiant I||WN149||Fuselage||Relocated|
|‘L7005’||Boulton Paul Defiant||–||FSM||Relocated|
|–||Boulton Paul Overstrand||–||Nose Reproduction||Relocated|
|WJ576||English Electric Canberra T.17||WJ576||Nose||Removed|
|ET-272||Hawker Hunter T.7||ET-272||Cockpit||Relocated|
|D-5233||Hirth Govier 3||D-5233||Complete||Removed|
|XR662||Hunting Jet Provost T.4||XR662||Complete||Removed|
|‘PD685’||Slingsby Cadet TX.1||?||Complete||Removed|
|WT877||Slingsby T-31B Cadet TX.3||WT877||Complete||Removed|
|XE799||Slingsby T-31B Cadet TX.3||XE799||Complete||Removed|
|WZ755||Slingsby Grasshopper TX.1||WZ755||Complete||Removed|
|XK822||Slingsby Grasshopper TX.1||XK822||Complete||Removed|
|G-BPIP||Slingsby T.31M Motor Cadet III||G-BPIP||Complete||Removed|
|CFZ||Slingsby T.8 Tutor||BGA.1759||Complete||Relocated|
Note: Upon closure the airframes on loan to BPA were removed by their owners. Exhibits owned by the BPA were relocated to RAF Museum Cosford.
The former postal address was: The Boulton Paul Association, Boulton Paul Heritage Project, c/o Moog Aircraft Group, Wobaston Road, Fordhouses, Wolverhampton, WV9 5EW. Association Chairman Cyril W Plimmer, Tel: 01902 843118, e-mail: email@example.com. Website: www.boultonpaul.com
|Turret being restored (photo, Kevin Pitt)||Anson VP519 nose(photo, Kevin Pitt)|