Cold War Jets Collection

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Key Facts

Bruntingthorpe Airfield, Leicestershire
SatNav: Region:
LE17 5QS East Midlands
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
General Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 73 Open

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What’s Here

Bruntingthorpe is a former USAF B-47 Stratojet base, and now home to an increasing number of classic British jet aircraft. Resident aircraft include Avro Vulcan XH558, currently undergoing a programme of work to return it to flying condition, and the world’s last airworthy Comet, XS235. Other residents include aircraft operated by the Buccaneer Preservation Society and the Lightning Preservation Group. Many of the aircraft based here are not static exhibits but kept alive with regular engine runs and fast taxi-runs along the (very long) runway. A relatively large collection of aircraft cockpits can also be seen.


Bruntingthorpe Airfield, between the M1 and A50 south of Leicester. Take the M1 to junction 20, A4304 east toward Husbands Bosworth, A5199 (used to be the A50) north toward Leicester. Bruntingthorpe should be signposted on this road. Roughly 3 miles north-east of Lutterworth.

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Opening Hours:

Open every Sunday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, plus open days during the summer.


No current information.


Toilets, Parking, Cafe, Access for the disabled.

Jet Provost T.3 XN584 Comet 4C XS235

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
Cold War Jets:
XH558 Avro Vulcan B.2 G-VLCN Complete Airworthy
85 Dassault Mystere IV 85 Complete Displayed
XS235 D.H. Comet 4C XS235 Complete Displayed
XM715 H.P. Victor K.2 XM715 Complete Displayed
‘XF324’ Hawker Hunter F.58 E-427 Complete Displayed
J-4091 Hawker Hunter F.58 J-4091 Complete Displayed
XX900 H.S. Buccaneer S.2B XX900 Complete Displayed
XF844 Percival Provost T.1 XF844 Complete Gate Guard
XZ382 SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1 XZ382 Complete Gate Guard
MJ627 Supermarine Spitfire PR.IX** MJ627 Wreck Stored
Classic Aviation Projects:
WT333 BAC Canberra B(I).8 G-BVXC Complete Displayed
Lightning Preservation Group:
XR728 BAC Lightning F.6 XR278 Complete Displayed
XS904 BAC Lightning F.6 XS904 Complete Displayed
Phoenix Aviation/Phoenix Air Museum:
WK122 BAC Canberra TT.18 WK122 Nose Displayed
XN584 BAC Jet Provost T.3A XN584 Complete Displayed
XS217 BAC Jet Provost T.4 XS217 Complete Displayed
XS231 BAC Jet Provost T.5 XS231 Complete Displayed
XV328 BAC Lightning T.5 XV328 Nose Displayed
ZF596 BAC Lightning T.55 ZF596 Fuselage Displayed
XX163 BAe Hawk T.1 XX163 Nose Displayed
WP845 DHC Chipmunk PAX WP845 Complete Displayed
XD459 D.H. Vampire T.11 XD459 Pod Displayed
XP503 Folland Gnat T.1 XP503 Complete Displayed
XR569 Folland Gnat T.1 XR569 Complete Displayed
XH592 H.P. Victor B.1A XH592 Nose Displayed
XF321 Hawker Hunter T.7 XF321 Complete Displayed
XE368 Hawker Sea Hawk FGA.6 XE368 Complete Displayed
‘WV906’ Hawker Sea Hawk FGA.6 WV826 Complete Displayed
XV810 H.S. Harrier GR.3 XV810 Nose Displayed
XJ494 H.S. Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ494 Complete Displayed
XN647 H.S. Sea Vixen FAW.2 XN647 Nose Displayed
XS577 H.S. Sea Vixen D.3 XS577 Cockpit Displayed
XP883 Westland Scout AH.1 XP883 Complete Displayed
XT630 Westland Scout AH.1 XT630 Complete Displayed
XT632 Westland Scout AH.1 XT632 Complete Displayed
Beech Restorations:
’43-35943′ Beech D18S RCAF 1500/G-BKRN Complete Displayed
G-CPPM North American Havard II G-CPPM Complete Displayed
G-TOMC North American T-6G Texan 42-44514/51-14700 Complete Displayed
Brian Mclain:
XH136 BAC Canberra PR.9 [8782M] (cockpit) XT632 Complete Displayed
XS181 BAC Jet Provost T.4 XS181 Cockpit Displayed
XV165 H.S. Buccaneer S.2B XV165 Cockpit Displayed
XN650 H.S. Sea Vixen FAW.2 XN650 Cockpit Displayed
22+57 Lockheed F-104G Starfighter 22+57 Complete Displayed
McDonnell Douglas F-4F Phantom Cockpit Displayed
WF408 Vickers Varsity T.1 WF408 Cockpit Displayed
F-BTGV Aero Spacelines Super Guppy 201 F-BTGV Complete Displayed
XH563 Avro Vulcan B.2MRR (nose) XH563 Nose Displayed
XM602 Avro Vulcan B.2 (nose) XM602 Complete Displayed
XM355 BAC Jet Provost T.3 XM355 Complete Displayed
XS209 BAC Jet Provost T.4 XS209 Complete Displayed
NC2500 Beech D18S NC2500 Complete Displayed
G-AWNA Boeing 747 G-AWNA Wreck Displayed
SX-OAD Boeing 747-121B SX-OAD Complete Displayed
Cessna Bobcat ? Complete Displayed
Fairey Battle I ? Complete Displayed
XP540 Folland Gnat T.1 XP540 Complete Displayed
XM708 Folland Gnat T.1 XM708 Complete Displayed
XK149 Hawker Hunter F.6A XK149 Complete Displayed
XE610 Hawker Hunter FGA.9 % XE610 Complete Displayed
XL565 Hawker Hunter T.7 XL565 Complete Displayed
XL603 Hawker Hunter T.8M XL603 Complete Displayed
XW544 H.S. Buccaneer S.2C XW544 Complete Displayed
XX894 H.S. Buccaneer S.2B XX894 Complete Displayed
XZ431 H.S. Buccaneer S.2B XZ431 Nose Displayed
XZ966 H.S. Harrier GR.3 XZ966 Complete Displayed
XW270 H.S. Harrier T.4 XW270 Fuselage Displayed
C5-LES LET L-410 UR-67010 Complete Displayed
C5-LET LET L-410 UR-67408 Complete Displayed
TP-ABP Lockheed Tristar VR-HOG Complete Displayed
3019 North American Havard II 3019 Complete Displayed
1018 WSK TS-11 Iskra 1018 Complete Displayed

** Spitfire MJ627 crashed at Coventry 1999 and is stored off-site.
% Aircraft up for sale.
Note: Canberra WK163 has been brought by the Air Atlantique Historic Flight and is no longer based at Bruntingthorpe. H.S. Harrier GR.3A ZD668 has been put into storage at Lowestoft. BAC Lightning T.55 nose ZF595 has been sold in the USA. Andover CC.12 XS791 has been sold to a private owner in the Ely, Cambridgeshire, area. Valiant B.1 nose XD875 has moved to Newark Air Museum on loan. Seahawk FGA.6 XE327 has moved to a museum in Germany. Sea Hawk WV795 has moved to the Farnborough Air Sciences Museum. Bulldog T.1 XX669 has moved to 2409 Sqn ATC at Halton. Hunter FGA.9 XE624 has been sold to a private owner. BAC Canberra B.6 (mod) XH568 (G-BVIC) has been dismantled, with some parts sold in USA.

More Information

C Walton (Aviation Division) Ltd, Bruntingthorpe Airfield, Bruntingthorpe, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 5QS. Tel: 0116 2478030 Fax: 0116 2478031.
For information on open days and special events visit the Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets Collection webpage. Beech Restorations

Hunter F.58 J-4091 TS-11 Iskra 1018
Buccaneer S.2B XX900 Super Guppy 201 F-BTGV
Victor K.2 XM715 Close-up of Teasin Tina’s nose

More photographs on the next page.

A Lightning is prepared for a fast taxi run.

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12 thoughts on “Cold War Jets Collection

  1. Grand list above.
    All of the complete items are”displayed”but,that’s not to say they’re not able to fly,they just have no permission anymore?
    The only one permitted is still the Vulcan?
    And there certainly must come an addition in the collection:what about the Gloster Meteor?

  2. Just found your website, definately a must see collection. I have many fond memories of my days at Handley Page (Park Street Test House) as a student working on Victor tanker conversion and ground support for test bed XA922 and static fatigue rig. Happy days cut short by the close down of Handley Page.

  3. Hi I was watching a programe on the box last night,
    and it was about Bruntingthorpe and the Victor.
    Great viewing , my you have got some dedicated men
    working there .
    Must come down for a visit in the near future.

  4. The list is way out of date, which is a shame as it spoils an otherwise good website. For example, the two Let 10s flew to East Africa at least five years ago, and at roughly the same time, the stripped Tristar was broken up. Suggest that you look at Ken Ellis’ current Wrecks and Relics book for an end of March, 2010 list.

  5. Do you ever need any squadron insignia or similar painting? I am an experienced signwriter and artist and would gladly volunteer my services.

  6. Fantastic! I never knew you had so many aircraft, definitely going to visit soon.

    I assume you know, but the airfield at Woodford in Cheshire is closing soon – and there is a complete Vulcan there (XM603) – it’d be amazing if some of you guys at Brunty could save it, would that be possible?

    I’m nothing to do with Woodford or that Vulcan, just grew up in the area & love jets, it’d be such a travesty if the aircraft was just destroyed after being preserved since 1982! Would you guys be able to get in touch with Woodford & save it!?

  7. used to work on all three of your Buccaneers when they where in active service with 12Sqn at Honington and Lossiemouth

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