Wings Museum

Unofficial Museum Guide
 

Key Facts

Location:
Balcombe, West Sussex
SatNav: Region:
RH17 6JT South East
Country:
United Kingdom
Admission:
Public
Category: Only Aviation:
General Yes
Aircraft Exhibits: Status:
circa. 12 Open

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What’s Here

First opened in 2003, the Wings Museum was originally housed in a former WW2 hangar at Redhill Aerodrome. In late 2008 closed temporarily to allow a move to nearby Balcombe, where it reopened to visitors on 20 March 2010.
It has many displays and exhibits which illustrate the vital role played of the British Armed Services during World War Two. These include the remains of Hampden P1273 which was lost on operations in 1942 and of a Lockheed F-5B Lightning which crashed in Wiltshire. Two complete aircraft and substantial sections of two more are undergoing on-site restoration to display condition.

Directions

Between the villages of Balcombe and Handcross in West Sussex. From Junction 11 of the M23 follow the A23 and then at Handcross turn left onto the B2110, which becomes High Beeches Lane. Follow the brown tourist signs for ‘High Beeches Gardens’, which should take you very close to the museum on Brantridge Lane.

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Visiting

Opening Hours:

Every Saturday and Sunday, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, March to October.

Admission:

See official website for details.

Amenities:

Parking, Souvenir Shop, Toilets, Disabled Access.

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
G-OJAS Auster J/1U Workmaster G-OJAS Fuselage Frame Displayed
43-11137 Bell P-63C Kingcobra 43-1117 Cockpit Displayed
44-4315 Bell P-63C Kingcobra 44-4315 Wreck Displayed
41-198393 Douglas A-20C Havoc 41-19393 Wreck Displayed
43-21664 Douglas A-20G Havoc 43-21664 Fuselage Displayed
417657 Douglas B-26K Invader 417657 Cockpit Displayed
‘200611’ Douglas C-47A* 43-49240/42-100611 Fuselage Displayed
BD731 Hawker Hurricane II BD731 Wreck Displayed
P1273 Handley Page Hampden I P1273 Wreck Displayed
G-AIUA Miles Hawk Trainer III G-AIUA Fuselage Displayed
339 Nakajima B5N2 ‘Kate’ 339 Wreck Displayed
43-36140 North American B-25J Mitchell 43-36140 Nose Displayed

* composite of 43-49240 fuselage and 42-100611 cockpit.
Notes: Fairchild C-119G nose N2700 is no longer on site. Jet Provost T.3 XN492 is now with an ATC unit. Devon C.2 VP967 has moved to the Yorkshire Air Museum.

More Information

Wings Museum, Unit 1, Bucklands Farm, Brantridge Lane, near Balcombe, West Sussex, RH17 6JT. website: Wings Museum.

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