East Midlands Airport Aeropark

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Key Facts

East Midlands Airport, Derbyshire
SatNav: Region:
DE74 2PR East Midlands
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
General Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 29 Open

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What’s Here

The Aeropark has recently completed its move to a new location close to the Donington Grand Prix Car collection, and re-opened for visitors on 9th August 2001. A number of the exhibits are currently being worked on by volunteers to bring them up to a presentable standard, after being put in virtually open storage during the enforced museum move. The erection of a new Romney building has allowed the unique B.N. Sheriff and a Vampire fuselage pod to go undercover. It also houses the toilets and a shop for souvenirs and light refreshments.


On the north-western corner of Nottingham East Midlands Airport, near Castle Donington, two miles from Junction 24 on the M1. Well signposted. The site is reached by going past the airport main entrance on the A453 and then driving clockwise round the outside perimeter of the airport past the Castle Donington Showground until you reach a roundabout which leads to the Aeropark (right) or Castle Donington village (left).

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Opening Hours:

The opening times are May-September: Thursday 10.30 am to 4.00 pm, Saturday 12.00 noon to 5.00 pm, and Sunday 10.30 am to 5.00 pm; October-April: Sunday 10.30 am to 5.00 pm or dusk (whichever is earlier). Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day, open all other Bank Holidays.


See official website for details.


Toilets, Parking, Light Refreshments, Souvenir Shop, Viewing mound, Picnic area, Access for the disabled.

Lightning F.53 ZF588 Lightning nose
Hunter T.7 XL569 Wessex HC.2 XT604

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
G-BEOZ Armstrong Whitworth Argosy 101 G-BEOZ Complete Displayed
XM575 Avro Vulcan B.2 XM575 Complete Displayed
XP568 BAC Jet Provost T.4 XP568 Complete Displayed
ZF588 BAC Lightning F.53 ZF588 Complete Displayed
G-FRJB Britten SA.1 Sheriff G-FRJB Complete Displayed
G-ANUW de Havilland Dove 6 G-ANUW Complete Restoration
XG737 de Havilland Sea Venom FAW.22 XG737 Complete Restoration
XD447 de Havilland Vampire T.11 XD447 Complete Displayed
XD534 de Havilland Vampire T.11 XD534 Pod Displayed
WP784 De Havilland Canada Chipmunk T.10 WP784 Complete Restoration
WH740 English Electric Canberra T.17 WH740 Complete Displayed
WM367 Gloster Meteor NF.13 WM367 Cockpit Displayed
WS760 Gloster Meteor NF.14 WS760 Complete Off site
WM224 Gloster Meteor TT.20 WM224 Complete Displayed
XL569 Hawker Hunter T.7 XL569 Complete Displayed
‘XJ714’ Hawker Hunter ‘FR.10’ composite Complete Displayed
WV382 Hawker Hunter GA.11 WV382 Complete Displayed
XV350 Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.2B XV350 Complete Displayed
XW664 Hawker Siddeley Nimrod R.1 XW664 Complete Displayed
G-BBED Morane Saulnier MS.880 Rallye Club G-BBED Complete Displayed
Schleicher K-8 Complete Displayed
G-APES Vickers Vanguard 953C G-APES Nose Displayed
WL626 Vickers Varsity T.1 WL626 Complete Displayed
G-CSZB Vickers Viscount 807 G-CSZB Nose Displayed
V-1 flying bomb Replica Displayed
XX457 Westland Gazelle AH.1 XX457 Complete Restoration
XS876 Westland Wessex HAS.1 XS876 Complete Displayed
XT604 Westland Wessex HC.2 XT604 Complete Displayed
XG588 Westland Whirlwind Srs 3 VR-BEP Complete Displayed

Notes: Gloster Meteor F.8 WE925 has left the Aeropark to go to Australia. Vampire T.11 XD459 has gone to AeroVenture. Spitfire IX FSM ‘PL256’ has left this location. Canberra PR.7 nose WH779 has moved to Newark.

More Information

East Midlands Airport Aeropark, Castle Donington, Derbyshire, DE74 2SA. Tel: 01332 850463, website: East Midlands Airport Aeropark

Meteor TT.20 WM224 (photo, Brian Rose) Spitfire IX ‘PL256’ (photo, Brian Rose)
Argosy G-BEOZ Vanguard G-APES nose
Vulcan B.2 XM575 Vulcan nose
Buccaneer S.2B XV350 Varsity T.1 WL626
Canberra T.17 WH740 Another view of the Canberra

Thanks to James Barber for providing updates to this page.
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One thought on “East Midlands Airport Aeropark

  1. As of Nov 2011 we have Nimrod R.1 XW664 on site, it is complete and displayed.
    Meteor WS760 is over on the other side of the airport and is not avaliabe for public viewing yet.

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