|Sywell Airfield, Northamptonshire|
|NN6 0BN||East Midlands|
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Officially opened on 21st July 2001, the Sywell Aviation Museum aims to preserve the history of Sywell Aerodrome and Northamptonshire’s rich aviation heritage from the early days of aviation to the Second World War and beyond.
There is a large collection of memorabilia photographs, artefacts, models and uniforms on display which charts the history of the area. Aviation Archaeology – the recovery of crashed aeroplanes – is a core aspect of the displays. One of the larger exhibits is a Bristol Hercules engine recovered from the wreck of the Vickers Wellington bomber which crashed tragically at Hardwick, now carefully cleaned and preserved. Other displays include the History of Sywell from 1928; Brooklands Aviation etc; RAF memorabilia; USAAF Display hall (concentrating on the USAAF at Chelveston); RAF/USAAF ordnance including a 1943 Mercury Bomb Tractor, period C Type Bomb Trolley and inert 1000 lb bomb, Norden Bomb sight, mock up B17 Cheek Position etc. The museum building comprises three linked together Second World War Nissen huts, previously located at the now closed RAF Bentwaters and moved by S.A.M. members.
At Sywell aerodrome, off the A43 north east of Northampton, just before the village of Sywell, Northamptonshire. The museum is in the large green Nissen hut located in the large car park, close to the Aviator hotel.
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 10.30 am to 4.30 pm, Easter to the end of September. All other times by prior appointment.
Entrance to the Museum is free, (donations are welcome).
Free Car Park; adjacent to Aviator hotel with overnight accomodation, WCs, Bar, restaurant; fixed wing, helicopter, microlight pleasure flights and aircraft hire; hangarage etc; Public airfield viewing area; Conference centre (Hangar One).
List of Aircraft Exhibits
|Displayed I.D.||Aircraft Type||Real Identity||Condition||Status|
|G-BHLT||de Havilland Tiger Moth IIa||G-BHLT||Complete||Displayed|
|XD599||de Havilland Vampire T.11||XD599||Cockpit||Displayed|
|WG419||De Havilland Canada Chipmunk T.10||WG419||Cockpit||Displayed|
|WN904||Hawker Hunter F.2||WN904||Complete||Displayed|
|WZ820||Slingsby Grasshopper TX.1||WZ820||Complete||Stored|
Note: The Auster J/1 cockpit G-AIJZ was scrapped circa 2008.