Gatwick Aviation Museum

Unofficial Museum Guide

What’s Here

Formerly known as the Vallance Byways Collection and then the Peter Vallance Collection, this interesting assembly of aircraft is currently only open at limited times during the year. The two Shackletons have their engines run-up from time to time. Located in some wooden out-buildings is a display of aircraft memorabilia, avionics units, engines and model aircraft.


At Charlwood in Surrey, not far from Gatwick Airport. Follow the Gatwick Airport signs from Junction 9 of the M23, past both terminals onto the A217 towards Reigate, but take the first turning left towards Charlwood. Upon reaching Charlwood take the first left. The museum is located immediately on the left.

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Opening Hours:

Open on alternate Sundays and on Bank Holidays 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, from March to October, plus additional individual days specified on the official website.


See official website for details.


No toilets or refreshments appear to be available.

Buccaneer S.1 XN923 Sea Vixen FAW.2 XS587
Hunter T.7 XL581 Pembroke C.1 XK885

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
WR974 Avro Shackleton MR.3/3 WR974 Complete Displayed
WR982 Avro Shackleton MR.3/3 WR982 Complete Displayed
WH903 BAC Canberra B.2 WH903 Nose Displayed
WH773 BAC Canberra PR.7 WH773 Complete Displayed
XN494 BAC Jet Provost T.3A XN494 Complete Displayed
ZF579 BAC Lightning F.53 ZF579 Complete Displayed
XN923 Blackburn Buccaneer S.1 XN923 Complete Displayed
XS587 de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2 G-VIXN Complete Displayed
J-1605 de Havilland Venom FB.50 G-BLID Complete Displayed
G-EGHB Ercoupe 415D G-EGHB Complete Displayed
XL472 Fairey Gannet AEW.3 XL472 Complete Displayed
VZ638 Gloster Meteor T.7 G-JETM Complete Displayed
XL164 Handley Page Victor K.2 XL164 Nose Displayed
E-430 Hawker Hunter F.51 E-430 Complete Displayed
XL591 Hawker Hunter T.7 XL591 Complete Displayed
XE489 Hawker Sea Hawk FB.5 G-JETH Complete Displayed
XV751 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 XV751 Complete Displayed
XK885 Hunting Pembroke C.1 N46EA Complete Displayed
WW442 Percival Provost T.1 WW442 Complete Displayed
WF118 Percival Sea Prince T.1 G-DACA Complete Displayed
WP308 Percival Sea Prince T.1 G-GACA Complete Displayed
XX734 SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1 XX734 Complete Displayed
G-TURP Westland Gazelle 1 G-TURP Pod Displayed
XS463 Westland Wasp HAS.1 XS463 Complete Displayed
XP351 Westland Whirlwind HAR.10 XP351 Complete Displayed
XP398 Westland Whirlwind HAR.10 XP398 Complete Displayed

More Information

Gatwick Aviation Museum, Lowfield Heath Road, Charlwood, Surrey, RH6 0BT. Tel/Fax: 01293 862915 or 07836 666817, e-mail:, website: Gatwick Aviation Museum – Charlwood.

Harrier GR.3 XV751 Sea Prince T.1 WP308
Victor K.2 XL164 Venom FB.50 J-1605
Whirlwind HAR.10 XP398 Meteor T.7 VZ638
Canberra PR.7 WH773 Jaguar GR.1 XX734
Jaguar GR.1 XX734 Shackleton MR.3 WR982
Canberra B.2 WH903 Shackleton MR.3 WR974
Provost T.1 WW442 Shackleton MR.3 WR974
Gannet AEW.3 XL472 Hunter F.51 E-430
Sea Prince T.1 WF118 Shackleton MR.3 WR982
Lightning F.53 ZF579 Sea Hawk FB.5 XE489
Ercoupe G-EGHB Buccaneer S.1 XN923
View of part of the display area