Bournemouth Aviation Museum

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Key Facts

Bournemouth International Airport, Dorset
SatNav: Region:
BH23 6BA South
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
General Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 14 Open

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What’s Here

Established in 1999 from the former Classic Jets Museum, this museum houses a range of airframes from the 1950s and 1960s. The museum was forced to close in late 2007 to accomodate infrastructure development at the airport, but was able to reopen 0n 24 October 2008 at a new location not far from the previous site. Unfortunately the aircraft are now exposed to the open air and are no longer housed in a hangar.


At Bournemouth International Airport, Hurn, west of the A338, north of Bournemouth in Dorset. On the B3073 Bournemouth International Airport perimeter road – follow the signs to ‘Adventure Wonderland’.

Approaching from the A338 directon, with the airport on your right, you will see a Vulcan nose on the left, followed a sign for ‘Adventure Wonderland’. Taking the first left turning, the road doubles back and then turns right. You will see the museum on the left.

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Opening Hours:

Open daily, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, March to October; Open daily, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm November to February, (last entry 3.00 pm). Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.


See official site for details.


Toilets, Parking, Cafe, Souvenir shop.

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
XH537 Avro Vulcan B.2MRR XH537 Nose Displayed
XE856 de Havilland D.H.115 Vampire T.11 & G-DUSK Complete Displayed
WT532 English Electric Canberra PR.7 WT532 Nose Displayed
ZF582 English Electric Lightning F.53 ZF582 Nose Displayed
WS776 Gloster Meteor NF.14 WS776 Complete Displayed
XG160 Hawker Hunter F.6A G-BWAF Complete Displayed
XL164 Handley Page Victor B.2 XL164 Cockpit Displayed
KF488 North American Harvard IIB KF488 Reconstruction Displayed
XR346 Northrop MQM-36A Shelduck D.1 XR346 Composite Displayed
‘WW421’ Percival Provost T.1 ## G-BZRE Composite Displayed
XX763 SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1 XX763 Complete Displayed
Vickers Vanguard Cockpit Simulator Displayed
G-OPAS Vickers Viscount 806 G-OPAS Cockpit Displayed
XT257 Westland Wessex HAS.3 XT257 Complete Displayed

& Owned by Dawn to Dusk Aviation.
## Composite airframe with WW450.
Notes: The size of the collection has been reduced as aircraft previously on loan have been retrieved by their owners. Chichester-Miles Leopard G-BKRL has now left the site. Vampire T.11 cockpit XK627 only stayed for a brief period.

More Information

Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Merritown Lane, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6BA. Tel: 01202 473141. Official Website

Any photographs illustrating this museum would be welcome.

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3 thoughts on “Bournemouth Aviation Museum

  1. We Now have added a Jaguar to our collection. See web page
    Thanks for your publisity
    Ken Bradley
    Admin Trustee.

  2. Hi:
    I’m looking for information on No 3 Personnel Reception Centre which was for the RCAF at Bournemouth during WW II. Please reply
    Paul Morley
    Hamilton, Canada

  3. Hi,
    I would like to have the adress of Mr Dick HORSEFIELD who was the owner of XE-856 in ’99 please.
    Fabrice NOYES – (Toulouse, France)

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