North East Aircraft Museum

Unofficial Museum Guide

Key Facts

Washington, Tyne & Wear
SatNav: Region:
SR5 3HZ Northumbria
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
General Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 34 Open

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What’s Here

The well-run North East Aircraft Museum features two display halls and a restoration workshop which is open to visitors. An impressive collection of aircraft is on show, together with a large number of aero engines and many other aviation artefacts. Themed displays include the Royal Observer Corps and the aviation heritage of the local area.


Opposite the Nissan car factory, east of Washington on the Old Washington Road between the A1290 and A1231. Signposted from the A1290 and A19 or follow signs for the Nissan factory.

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Opening Hours:

Open daily 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (or dusk if first).


See official website for details.


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

Mystere IVA 146 (photo, Allan Barley) T-33A 54439 (photo, Allan Barley)
F-84F 26541 (photo, Allan Barley) F-86D 6171 (photo, Allan Barley)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
G-MBDL AES Long Ranger microlight G-MBDL Complete Stored
XT148 Agusta-Bell Sioux AH.1 XT148 Restoration Displayed
TX213 Avro Anson C.19 G-AWRS Complete Displayed
XL319 Avro Vulcan B.2A XL319 Complete Displayed
WJ639 BAC Canberra TT.18 WJ639 Complete Displayed
XP627 BAC Jet Provost T.4 XP627 Dismantled Stored
‘XS933’ BAC Lightning F.53 ZF594 Complete Displayed
G-ASOL Bell 47D G-ASOL Complete Displayed
Bensen B.7 BAPC.119 Complete Displayed
WA577 Bristol Sycamore 3 WA577 Complete Displayed
Brown Helicopter BAPC.96 Complete Displayed
DUC Carman M.100S glider DUC Complete Displayed
Chargus Olympus hang glider BAPC.228 Complete Stored
146 Dassault Mystere IVA 146 Complete Displayed
G-BEEX de Havilland Comet 4C G-BEEX Nose Displayed
G-ARHX de Havilland Dove 8 G-ARHX Dismantled Stored
XG680 de Havilland Sea Venom FAW.22 XG680 Complete Displayed
XN696 de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2 XN696 Cockpit Displayed
WZ518 de Havilland Vampire T.11 WZ518 Complete Displayed
WB685 De Havilland Canada Chipmunk T.10 WB685 Fuselage Displayed
A-522 FMA IA 58A Pucara A-522 Complete Displayed
WL181 Gloster Meteor F.8 WL181 Complete Displayed
WD790 Gloster Meteor NF.11 WD790 Nose Displayed
Handley Page Jetstream Nose mock-up Displayed
E-419 Hawker Hunter F.51 E-419 Complete Displayed
G-ARPO Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C G-ARPO Complete Displayed
54439 Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star 54439 Complete Displayed
‘G-AFUG’ Luton LA-4 Minor BAPC.97 Complete Displayed
G-ARAD Luton LA-5 Major G-ARAD Dismantled Stored
‘G-ADVU’ Mignet H.M.14 Flying Flea BAPC.211 Complete Displayed
6171 North American F-86D-35-NA Sabre 51-6171 Complete Displayed
42157 North American F-100D Super Sabre 54-2157 Complete Displayed
26541 Republic F-84F Thunderstreak 52-6541 Complete Displayed
G-OGIL Shorts 330-100 G-OGIL Complete Displayed
WZ767 Slingsby Grasshopper TX.1 WZ767 Complete Stored
G-AZLP Vickers Viscount 813 G-AZLP Fuselage Stored
WG724 Westland Dragonfly HR.5 WG724 Complete Displayed
‘XZ345’ Westland Gazelle AH.1 XZ335 Complete Displayed
‘G-BAGJ’ Westland Gazelle 1 G-SFTA Dismantled Stored
XM833 Westland Wessex HAS.3 XM833 Complete Displayed
XN258 Westland Whirlwind HAR.9 XN256 Restoration Displayed
G-APTW Westland Widgeon 2 G-APTW Complete Displayed

Notes: Swift fuselage WK198, Balliol cockpit WN516 and Firefly cockpit WD889 have moved to the RAF Millom Museum. Vampire FB.5 VV217 has moved to London Colney. Auster AOP.5 ‘TJ398’ has moved away.

More Information

North East Aircraft Museum, Old Washington Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR5 3HZ. Tel: 0191 5190662. Website: North East Aircraft Museum.

Sycamore WA577 (photo, Allan Barley) Whirlwind HAR.9 XN258 (photo, Allan Barley)
Sea Venom XG680 (photo, Allan Barley) Anson C.19 TX213 (photo, Allan Barley)
Vulcan B.2 XL319 (photo, Allan Barley) Canberra TT.18 WJ639 (photo, Allan Barley)

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3 thoughts on “North East Aircraft Museum

  1. hi my name is john i represent NIGHT-OPS paranormal, we are a brand new paranormal group based in the north east. we are currently looking for new locations to investigate and you museum comes highly recommended for a night investigation. would it be possible to hold a night investigation at you site. please check out our web page

    hope to here from you soon, thank you for your time

  2. Hi, Can you please confirm the existence of Vampire FB.5 VV217? There are some sources that state that the airframe is at London Colney.

    Thank you.


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