Science Museum Swindon

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Key Facts

Wroughton Airfield, Wiltshire
SatNav: Region:
SN4 9LT South West
United Kingdom
Category: Only Aviation:
Technical No
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 19 Closed

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What’s Here

The Wroughton ‘out station’ near Swindon houses the large object store for the Science Museum in London, and holds all the large exhibits that are not on display there. In particular, visitors can see a number of airliners from the Air Transport Collection, plus other large exhibits such as agricultural machinery, cars and lorries. Among the aircraft on display are some very rare items, including the Boeing 247, Handley Page Gugnunc and the only Lockheed Constellation in the UK. A number of public open days and special events are held during the summer season.


Wroughton Airfield, on the A4361 south of Swindon, Wiltshire. Follow the signs for Wroughton from the A4365 (M4 Junction 16) or the A345 (M4 Junction 15) and then the brown ‘Science Museum’ signs.

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Opening Hours:

For opening times and special events, please refer to the official website.


Usually free, but there can be a charge for special events.


Toilets, parking, access for the disabled.

Hangar D4 holds the Constellation and many
other aircraft
Hangar D3 mainly holds motor vehicles
and some aircraft
Constellation N7777G Constellation nose

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
G-BGLB Bede BD-5B G-BGLB Complete Displayed
Bensen B.7 BAPC.174 Complete Displayed
N18E Boeing 247D N18E Complete Displayed
Chargus Midas Super E BAPC.172 Complete Displayed
G-ACIT De Havilland DH.84 Dragon G-ACIT Complete Displayed
G-ALXT De Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide G-ALXT Complete Displayed
VP975 De Havilland Devon C.2 VP975 Complete Displayed
G-APYD De Havilland Comet 4B G-APYD Complete Displayed
G-ANAV De Havilland Comet 1A G-ANAV Nose Displayed
EI-AYO Douglas DC-3A NC16071 Complete Displayed
XP505 Folland Gnat T.1 XP505 Complete Displayed
G-AACN Handley Page HP.39 Gugnunc G-AACN Complete Displayed
G-AWZM Hawker Siddeley Trident 3B-101 G-AWZM Complete Displayed
G-MBVT Hiway Skytrike G-MBVT Complete Displayed
G-MMCB Huntair Pathfinder II G-MMCB Complete Displayed
G-AVZB LET Z.37 Cmelak G-AVZB Complete Displayed
N7777G Lockheed L-749A Constellation N7777G Complete Displayed
G-AEHM Mignet HM.14 Pou-de-Ciel G-AEHM Complete Displayed
G-APWY Piaggio P.166 G-APWY Complete Displayed

More Information

Science Museum Swindon, Hackpen Lane, Wroughton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN4 9LT. Tel: 01793 846200, Official website.

Pathfinder II G-MMCB Skytrike G-MBVT
Devon C.2 VP975 Bensen B.7 Gyro-glider
Bede BD-5B G-BGLB P.166 G-APWY
P.166 nose Z-37 Cmelak G-AVZB
Gnat T.1 XP505 Comet 1A nose G-ANAV
Comet 4B G-APYD Gugnunc G-AACN
DH.89A Dragon Rapide G-ALXT DC-3 EI-AYO
DH.84 Dragon G-ACIT Boeing 247D N18E
Trident 3B G-AWZM Comet 4B G-APYD

13 thoughts on “Science Museum Swindon

  1. I recently delivered a Turbine DC3 to Kansas from Kabul/Afghanistan.In Ottawa ,kansas i met up with the previous owner of the Boeing 247 (only know him as chuck).
    He asked me on the whereabouts of N18E,so found it in your museum.This gentleman was also the owner of the last Fokker Trimotors of which some are still flying.He now manages the small municipal airfield in Ottawa and flies his vintage Cessna 140 (in mint condition) from time to time.
    Maybe i ll pass your museum one of these days.

  2. Free admission you must be joking. I recently asked about a visit for my local bus club to the Science Museum’s Wroughton reserve collection. Some interesting vehicles buses, lorries, cars, motor bikes, aircraft & even a steam boat. I was quoted £360 (including VAT) for a weekday visit, (twenty people at £18 each) The museum stated they would have to take staff off other duties to show us around. This would be for only one hanger, there are I believe three. Quite frankly this is an outrageous charge when the Science Museum is government financed & we are already paying for this as tax payers.
    It begs the question. What purpose does Wroughton serve? none of the vehicles (to my knowledge) ever appear in public as they never have public open days.

  3. I drive past Swindon quite regularly and have an interest in aviation and can actually remember taking the family not the year)to an open day and Air Show at Wroughton. I dont think they ever had another and even then one of the hangars was closed. So not a lot of hope for the future with the ‘jobs worths’ hiding our heritage. As previous comments suggest Wroughton has become a no visit zone which we pay for no matter which government is in power. Next will be no visits at all because ‘Health and Safety’ have decided the Hangars are unsafe? Welcome to England!!!!

  4. I have a monochrome photograph of NC16071 as a United mainliner which also indicates US mail air express on the tail. I would be happy to email a scan of this. It was taken by my father but the date is not known. Little else is known about the picture. Since you have the actual aircraft, you might be interested. Regards, Gary

  5. I’ve been advised by the Science Museum that you can book a visit to the facility if there is something specific you wish to research but there are no planned public open days at Wroughton for immediate future, certainly not before summer 2013. Best way to track this is to subscribe to the Science Museum events mailing list.

  6. I would love to come and see the Constellation in the wonderful colours of my old company TWA with whom I worked at heathrow for 30 years. Please advise your forthcoming OPEN days.

    Thank You and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

  7. I ve been a few times with my Dad , we had fantastic times, so much to see , and ALL of it so interesting . I d love to bring my grandson . Please opening times

  8. I visited in September 2009 on an open day. Was encouraged to leave feed back on a 150cc New Imperial at which now no longer exists apparantly . Have spent many minutes trying to access my entry or any two or four wheeled transport to no avail. Hangar D3 contains motor vehicles it says; well why can’t we see inside it. I give up.

  9. Back in the day I was riding as crew in the Range Rover crash ambulance when both the DC3 and the Comet 4B were flown in, 1980 at a guess. there wasn’t much spare runway to get the Comet down and the DC3 only had a Certificate of Airworthiness for a single flight from Ireland to Wroughton.

  10. I’ve visited the museum on many occasions but, you are right, it is now closed to the public.

    It was only ever intended as a large object store for the Science Museum in London but is a fascinating visit with a wide range of artifacts including an old Fleet Street printing press, Polaris missile, the planes mentioned and the article and much much more.

    However, there are two public health issues which is why it was closed to the general public.
    1/ Due to deteriorating condition, random chunks of concrete were falling from the roof. Not good for PR if a visitor is hit by a lump of concrete whilst they visit.
    2/ There’s an asbestos risk too.

    The cost of rectification cannot be afforded by the financial award given to the museum although there is a desire to rectify the problem and turn it in to a world class attraction – there was a UK lottery funding bid (failed) about 5 years ago

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