Classic Air Force

Unofficial Museum Guide

Key Facts

Newquay Airport, Cornwall
SatNav: Region:
TR8 4HP Devon & Cornwall
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
Flying Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 21 Closed

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What’s Here

The former AIRBASE living aviation museum at Coventry moved to Newquay Airport during the winter of 2012/2013, and then restarted operations under the name Classic Air Force.

Officially opened on 29th March 2013, the Classic Air Force museum maintains a fleet of fully flyable historic aircraft, many of which are available for pleasure flights. Visitors can get close-up to the aircraft and even see inside a Dakota cockpit, (if it’s not due to fly).

Some of the aircraft are still awaiting the move to Newquay, and further enhancements to the hangar displays are also expected. A number of special events are planned for the coming year.


At Newquay Airport, off the A3059 to Newquay, Cornwall. The site can be reached by following the new road signposted as ‘Aerohub’ and continuing to the car park next to the largest hangar.

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Opening Hours:

Every day except Christmas and Boxing Day, 10.00 am to 6.00 pm (last admission 5.00 pm), September to June and 10.00 am to 8.00 pm (last admission 7.00 pm) July and August.


See the official website for details.


Free Car Park; WCs, Cafe, Souvenir Shop; Fixed Wing Pleasure Flights; Public airfield viewing area.

Hangar 404 holds the aircraft collection The hangar is bright and spacious
Jet Provost T.3A XM424 Jet Provost T.3A nose

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
G-JAYI Auster Autocrat G-JAYI Complete Flying
WD413 Avro Anson T.21 G-VROE Complete Flying
ZH763 BAC 111 srs539 ZH763 Complete Displayed
G-AKVF Chrislea Super Ace G-AKVF Complete Flying/Stored
G-AGTM de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-AGTM Complete Flying
‘TX310’ de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-AIDL Complete Flying
G-AKRP de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-AKRP In Restoration Stored
VP981 de Havilland Devon C.2 G-DHDV Complete Flying
XM223 de Havilland Devon C.2 G-BWWC Complete Stored
VP959 de Havilland Devon C.2 G-BWFB Complete Stored
XK895 de Havilland Sea Devon C.21 G-SDEV Complete Stored
G-ARHW de Havilland Dove 8 G-ARHW Complete Stored
‘XJ771’ de Havilland Vampire T.55 G-HELV Complete Flying
‘WR470’ de Havilland Venom FB.50 G-DHVM Complete Flying
‘WK436’ de Havilland Venom FB.50 G-VENM Complete Flying
? de Havilland Venom FB.50 ? Cockpit Displayed
G-APLO De Havilland Canada Chipmunk T.1 G-APLO Complete Flying
G-AMPY Douglas Dakota G-AMPY Complete Stored
G-AMRA Douglas Dakota G-AMRA Complete Flying
G-ANAF Douglas Dakota G-ANAF Complete Stored
G-APSA Douglas DC-6 G-APSA Complete Stored
WK163 English Electric Canberra B.2/6 G-BVWC In Restoration Stored
‘VN799’ English Electric Canberra T.4 WJ874/G-CDSX In Restoration Stored
WA591 Gloster Meteor T.7 G-BWMF Complete Flying
WM167 Gloster Meteor NF.11 G-LOSM Complete Flying/Stored
WT722 Hawker Hunter T.8 WT722 Complete Displayed
WV256 Hawker Hunter GA.11 WV256 Complete Displayed
WV798 Hawker Sea Hawk FGA.6 WV798 In Restoration Displayed
XV232 Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR.2P XV232 Complete Stored
XM424 Hunting Jet Provost T.3A G-BWDS Complete Flying
XW433 Hunting Jet Provost T.5A G-JPRO Complete Flying
G-BXES Percival Pembroke G-BXES In Restoration Stored
VR259 Percival Prentice T.1 G-APJB Complete Flying
G-AKIU Percival Proctor G-AKIU Complete Flying
G-APRS Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer WZ820 In Restoration Stored
WJ945 Vickers Varsity T.1 WJ945 In Restoration Displayed

Note: Aircraft noted as ‘Stored’ are currently at Coventry Airport.

More Information

Classic Air Force, Hangar 404, Aerohub 1, Newquay Cornwall Airport, St Mawgan, TR8 4HP. Tel: 01637 860717. Web: Classic Air Force

Vampire T.55 ‘XJ771’ Devon C.2 VP981
Prentice T.1 VR259 Dakota G-AMRA
Autocrat G-JAYI Chipmunk G-APLO
Venom FB.50 ‘WK436’ Dragon Rapide ‘TX310’
Dakota G-AMRA Venom cockpit
Dragon Rapide G-AGTM Dragon Rapide nose
Varsity T.1 WJ945 Hunter GA.11 WV256
Hunter T.8 WT722 Anson T.21 WD413

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