Fleet Air Arm Museum

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Key Facts

RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset
SatNav: Region:
BA22 8HT South West
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
Specific Operator Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 91 Open

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What’s Here

The Fleet Air Arm museum houses a very large and well presented collection of aircraft and memorabilia. Four display halls portray the development of naval aviation from World War I to the Gulf War. The centrepiece of the museum is the ‘Carrier’ display, in which visitors are ‘flown’ inside a Wessex helicopter onto the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Here they can examine the aircraft ranged on deck and follow a guided tour of the carrier’s ‘island’ – finishing up at FlyCo where all aircraft operations are controlled. In addition, the ‘Leading Edge’ gallery contains a Concorde prototype and examples of several post-war research aircraft. Across the road, the newly completed ‘Cobham Hall’ stores aircraft not currently on display and is open to visitors on a few days each year.
One curious feature of the aircraft display halls is the extremely poor lighting used to illuminate the aircraft. Natural light is almost completely excluded, and replaced by a small number of spot lights aimed at the aircraft. This makes the galleries seem very dark and gloomy. This is especially apparent in the World War Two gallery where virtually all of the aircraft have their wings folded back and are parked so close together that is impossible to step back and appreciate each one without colliding with another aircraft or disappearing into the gloom. Compared to other aviation museums such as Hendon or Cosford, the FAA museum must have some of the worst display lighting in the country.


On the B3151, south of the A303, north of Yeovil, Somerset. Signposted from the A37/A303 junction.

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Opening Hours:

Open daily 10.00 am to 5.30 pm, April to October; Wednesday to Sunday 10.00 am to 4.30 pm November to March, plus Mondays and Tuesdays during school half-term breaks and public holidays. Closed over Christmas. Regular open days for Cobham Hall are held during the year.


See official website for details.


Toilets, Parking, Cafe, Souvenir shop, Access for the disabled.

Concorde 002 dominates the Leading Edge Hall Another view of Leading edge
Wyvern TF.1 VR137 BAC 221 WG774

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
G-BSST Aerospatiale/BAC Concorde 002 G-BSST Complete Displayed
‘D.5397’ Albatros D.Va Reproduction Displayed
WG774 BAC 221 WG774 Complete Displayed
XZ493 BAe Sea Harrier FRS.1 XZ493 Complete Displayed
XN957 Blackburn Buccaneer S.1 XN957 Complete Displayed
L2940 Blackburn Skua L2940 Wreck Displayed
N5419 Bristol Scout N5419 Reproduction Displayed
LZ551 DH Sea Vampire I LZ551 Complete Displayed
XA127 DH Sea Vampire T.22 XA127 Cockpit Displayed
Fairey IIIF ? Wreck Displayed
‘N4389’ Fairey Albacore I ? Complete Displayed
Z2033 Fairey Firefly TT.1 Z2033 Complete Displayed
VH127 Fairey Firefly TT.4 VH127 Complete Displayed
‘S1287’ Fairey Flycatcher Reproduction Displayed
N1854 Fairey Fulmar II N1854 Complete Displayed
XL503 Fairey Gannet AEW.3 XL503 Complete Displayed
‘P4139’ Fairey Swordfish II ? Complete Displayed
‘102/17’ Fokker Dr.I Reproduction Displayed
‘N5518’ Gloster Sea Gladiator ? Fuselage Frame Displayed
XB446 Grumman Avenger ECM.6B XB446 Complete Displayed
KE209 Grumman Hellcat II KE209 Complete Displayed
AL246 Grumman Martlet I** AL246 Complete Displayed
XP841 Handley Page HP.115 XP841 Complete Displayed
XL580 Hawker Hunter T.8M XL580 Complete Displayed
XP980 Hawker P.1127 XP980 Complete Displayed
WJ231 Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 WJ231 Complete Displayed
WV856 Hawker Sea Hawk FGA.6 WV856 Complete Displayed
XV333 HS Buccaneer S.2B XV333 Complete Displayed
XS590 HS Sea Vixen FAW.2 XS590 Complete Displayed
XT596 McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG.1 XT596 Complete Displayed
01420 Mikoyan MiG-15bis (Lim-2) 01420 Complete Displayed
EX976 North American Harvard IIA EX976 Complete Displayed
8359 Short 184 8359 Forward Fuselage Displayed
Short S.27 BAPC.149 Reproduction Displayed
‘N2078’ Sopwith Baby floatplane Complete Displayed
‘B6401’ Sopwith Camel Reproduction Displayed
‘N6452’ Sopwith Pup Reproducton Displayed
‘N5492’ Sopwith Triplane Reproduction Displayed
L2301 Supermarine Walrus I L2301 Complete Displayed
WA473 Supermarine Attacker F.1 WA473 Complete Displayed
XD317 Supermarine Scimitar F.1 XD317 Complete Displayed
SX137 Supermarine Seafire F.17 SX137 Complete Displayed
KD431 Vought Corsair IV KD431 Complete Displayed
WN493 Westland Dragonfly HR.5 WN493 Complete Displayed
XZ699 Westland Lynx HAS.3 XZ699 Complete Displayed
XS527 Westland Wasp HAS.1 XS527 Complete Displayed
XP142 Westland Wessex HAS.3 XP142 Complete Displayed
XT482 Westland Wessex HU.5 XT482 Complete Displayed
XT769 Westland Wessex HU.5 XT769 Complete Displayed
VR137 Westland Wyvern TF.1 VR137 Complete Displayed
15-1585 Yokosuka Ohka 11 15-1585 Complete Displayed

** under restoration.

Cobham Hall

In store at Cobham Hall:  Cobham Hall photos

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
XZ499 BAe Sea Harrier FA.2 XZ499 Complete Stored
ZA195 BAe Sea Harrier FA.2 ZA195 Complete Stored
0729 Beech T-34C-1 Turbo Mentor 0729 Complete Stored
AE-422 Bell UH-1H Iroquois AE-422 Complete Stored
G-AZAZ Benson B.8M Gyrocopter G-AZAZ Complete Stored
XK488 Blackburn NA39 XK488 Complete Stored
XA129 DH Sea Vampire T.22 XA129 Cockpit Stored
WW138 DH Sea Venom FAW.22 WW138 Complete Stored
‘G-ABUL’ DH Tiger Moth T7291/XL717 Complete Stored
WT121 Douglas Skyraider AEW.1 WT121 Complete Stored
WV106 Douglas Skyraider AEW.1 WV106 Complete Stored
G-BGWZ Eclipse Super Eagle hang-glider G-BGWZ Complete Stored
DP872 Fairey Barracuda II DP872 Forward Fuselage Stored
LS931 Fairey Barracuda II LS931 Wreck Stored
XA466 Fairey Gannet COD.4 XA466 Complete Stored
100545 Focke-Achgelis Fa 330A-1 100545 Complete Stored
WS103 Gloster Meteor T.7 WS103 Complete Stored
WM292 Gloster Meteor TT.20 WM292 Complete Stored
VX272 Hawker P.1052 VX272 Complete Stored
WF219 Hawker Sea Hawk F.1 WF219 Tail Only Stored
XB480 Hiller HTE.2 XB480 Complete Stored
XJ481 HS Sea Vixen FAW.1 XJ481 Complete Stored
XN462 Hunting Jet Provost T.3A XN462 Complete Stored
XS574 Northrop Shelduck (target drone) XS574 Complete Stored
XW994 Northrop Chuka (target drone) XW994 Complete Stored
WP313 Percival Sea Prince T.1 WP313 Complete Stored
XN332 Saro P.531 XN332 Complete Stored
XN334 Saro P.531 XN334 Complete Stored
Short S.27 BAPC.149 Wings Stored
VV106 Supermarine 510 VV106 Complete Stored
VX595 Westland Dragonfly HR.5 VX595 Complete Stored
XW864 Westland Gazelle HT.2 XW864 Complete Stored
XT176 Westland Sioux AH.1 XT176 Complete Stored
XT427 Westland Wasp HAS.1 XT427 Complete Stored
XT778 Westland Wasp HAS.1 XT778 Complete Stored
XS508 Westland Wessex HU.5 XS508 Complete Stored
XA864 Westland Whirlwind HAR.1 XA864 Complete Stored
XG574 Westland Whirlwind HAR.3 XG574 Complete Stored
XG594 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 XG594 Complete Stored
XL853 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 XL853 Complete Stored

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More Information

Fleet Air Arm Museum, Box D6, RNAS Yeovilton, Ilchester, Somerset, BA22 8HT. Tel: 01935 840565, Fax: 01935 842630, e-mail: info@fleetairarm.com, website: www.fleetairarm.com

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  1. Visited the FAA Museum yesterday (19/8/11) and found it to be excellent and well worth the £13 entrance fee. The carrier experience is superb. I do have to agree with the above comment about the poor lighting and so many aircraft displayed with folded wings and close together, making photography difficult.

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