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Yorkshire Air Museum, Photographs

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Restored control tower.
(photo, Dan Lord)
The main hangar.
(photo, Dan Lord)
Vampire T.11 XH278.
(photo, Dan Lord)
Dragonfly HR.5 WH991.
(photo, Dan Lord)
Meteor F.8 ‘WK864′.
(photo, Dan Lord)
Halifax II ‘LV907′.
(photo, Dan Lord)
Halifax ‘Friday the 13th’ nose markings.
(photo, Dan Lord)
Mosquito NF.II ‘HJ711′.
(photo, Dan Lord)
Close-up of the Mosquito.
(photo, Dan Lord)
Bf 109G-6 Full Scale Model.
(photo, Dan Lord)
Avro 504K ‘H1968′.
(photo, Dan Lord)
Blackburn Mercury replica.
(photo, Dan Lord)
Wright Flyer reproduction.
(photo, Dan Lord)
Fairchild Argus II FK338.
(photo, Dan Lord)
Anson T.21 VV901.
(photo, Dan Lord)
Beagle Terrier ‘TJ704′.
(photo, Dan Lord)

Science Museum Swindon

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.

Directions

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.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

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

Admission:

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

Amenities:

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

The Historic Dockyard Chatham

What’s Here

A very large site that is fully open to the public, telling the story of the dockyard and naval warfare. The Gannet is owned by 849 Squadron Association, and was previously located at Culdrose. Large naval exhibits include HMS Cavalier, the only surviving British WW2 destroyer, and 1960s submarine HMS Ocelot. Between 1999 and 2004 this location was known as ‘World Naval Base’.

Directions

Chatham Historic Dockyard, east of Rochester, north of the A321, in Kent. Well signposted. From Junction 1 of the A2/M2, follow the A289 to the Medway Tunnel and then turn right towards Chatham after exiting the tunnel.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open daily 10.00 am to 4.00 pm GMT, 16 February to 30 March 2013; 10.00 am to 6.00 pm BST 31 March to 26 October; 10.00 am to 4.00 pm GMT 27 October to 1 December. Closed December and January.

Admission:

See official website for details.

Amenities:

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


Gannet AEW.3 XL500 (photo, Dan Lord) Another view of the Gannet (photo, Dan Lord)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
WG751 Westland Dragonfly HR.3 WG751 Complete Displayed

Gannet AEW.3 XL500 has been bought by Tim Manna of Kennet Aviation for restoration to airworthiness as G-KAEW.

More Information

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, The Sail & Colour Loft, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TE. Tel: 01634 823800.
Website: The Historic Dockyard or Historic Dockyard Chatham

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‘Waveney class’ RNLI Lifeboat
(photo, Dan Lord)
RNLI D-class in-shore life boat ‘Blue Peter III’
(photo, Dan Lord)
HMS Gannet, the last surviving RN sloop
(photo, Dan Lord)
HMS Ocelot – open for tours
(photo, Dan Lord)
 
WW2 destroyer HMS Cavalier
(photo, Dan Lord)
 

Dragonfly HR.5 WG751 (photo, Dan Lord)

Wellington Aviation Museum and Gallery

What’s Here

An offshoot of the successful aviation art and print gallery, the museum tells the stories behind some of the paintings and prints on show with the aid of photographs and artefacts. The emphasis is on illustrating the personal side of wartime operations. The history of the local airfield and its Vickers Wellington OTU is also portrayed.

Directions

On the A44 Northeast of Cheltenham, to the west of Moreton-in-Marsh village, Gloucestershire. Well signposted.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Closed Mondays and Christmas Day.

Admission:

See official website for details.

Amenities:

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


WW2 bombsight. (photo, Kevin Pitt) One corner of the display area. (photo, Kevin Pitt)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
L7775 Vickers Wellington I L7775 Tail Section Displayed

More Information

Wellington Aviation, British School House, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 0BG. Tel: 01608 650323. Website: Wellington Aviation Museum.


Wellington L7775 tail section.
(photo, Kevin Pitt)
Close-up of the fin structure.
(photo, Kevin Pitt)

External view of the museum. (photo, Kevin Pitt)

Wellesbourne Wartime Museum

What’s Here

The museum is located in an underground emergency wartime command and control bunker, and houses a collection of aviation artefacts. Displays cover the history of Wellesbourne Mountford airfield, together with various aircraft components and memorabilia. There is a small aircraft park, including the nose of Vulcan XA903. This aircraft was used to test the Olympus engines of Concorde in the 1960s, and a small dedicated group of enthusiasts is trying to restore some of the additional test equipment used in this aircraft. The museum was offically opened on 14 April 1991. Elsewhere on the airfield, Vulcan XM655 undertakes taxi runs on occasions.

Directions

Located at Wellesbourne Mountford airfield, south of the B4086 near Wellesbourne, 5 miles east of Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open Sundays & Bank Holidays 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Admission:

No up-to-date information.

Amenities:

Toilets, Parking, Cafe, Access for the disabled.


Provost T.1 WV679. (photo, Olaf Kirchner) Rear view of the Provost. (photo, Olaf Kirchner)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
XM655 Avro Vulcan B.2* XM655 Complete Displayed
XK590 de Havilland Vampire T.11 XK590 Complete Displayed
XJ575 Hawker Siddeley Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ575 Nose Displayed
WV679 Percival Provost T.1 WV679 Complete Displayed
RA-01378 Yakovlev Yak-52 RA-01378 Complete Displayed

* Owned by the XM655 Maintenance and Preservation Society.
Note: Avro Vulcan B.1 nose XA903 was sold and has now left the site.

More Information

Derek Powell, Wellesbourne Aviation Group, 167 Colebourne Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B13 0HB. Tel: Not known.

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Vampire T.11 XK590. (photo, Olaf Kirchner) Vampire avionics bay. (photo, Olaf Kirchner)
Yak-52 RA-01378. (photo, Olaf Kirchner) Vulcan B.1 cockpit. (photo, Olaf Kirchner)
Vulcan B.2 XM655 (photo, Kevin Pitt)

Wartime Aircraft Recovery Group Museum

What’s Here

During World War Two, Sleap was a Bomber Command training base. From January 1944 it was used to train glider pilots for the airborne assaults of D-Day and Arnhem. Through the co-operation of the Shropshire Aero Club, the Wartime Aircraft Recovery Group operates a museum on the site. This all-volunteer group investigates crash sites and recovers and displays artifacts as a memorial to pilots that gave their lives operating in the Shropshire area during World War II. The displays include a number of aero engines, and a reconstruction of an airfield Flight Office. The location was previously known as the Wartime Aircraft Recovery Group Aviation Museum.

Directions

Sleap Aerodrome, south west of Wem, Shropshire. Wem is on the B5476 north of Shrewsbury, and Sleap can be reached from a ‘C’ road off the B5476.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open Saturday and Sunday, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, from May to October. Other times by prior arrangement.

Admission:

FREE

Amenities:

No information.

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
‘K7271′ Hawker Fury II BAPC.148 Reproduction Displayed
‘EN398′ Supermarine Spitfire IX - FSM Displayed

Notes: Percival Provost T.1 WW388 has left this location. Vickers F.B.5 replica ‘GBH-7′ has moved away.

More Information

WARG, 2 Fields View, Lodmore Lane, Burleydam, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 4BD.

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Any photographs illustrating this museum would be welcome.

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

What’s Here

The Transport Museum comprises the most comprehensive transport collection in Ireland. It includes ‘The Flight Experience’, an interactive exhibition developed in partnership with Bombardier Aerospace featuring aviation and the aerospace industry. The activities of local pioneers Harry Ferguson and Lilian Bland are highlighted. Other transport displays include the Irish Railway Collection, road transport exhibits, a ‘Titanic’ exhibition and a recreation of an Ulster town of the early 1900s.
A Short Sealand is now undergoing restoration by the museum, and the nose section is now viewable from the display area. The Ferguson Monoplane reproduction has some original parts, including the pilot’s seat.

Directions

At Cultra Manor, near Holywood, on the A2 Bangor road, 7 miles north east from Belfast city centre, County Down. Well signposted.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

March to September: Open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, closed Mondays except for Bank Holidays. October to February: Open Tuesday to Friday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11.00 am to 4.00 pm, closed Mondays except for Bank Holidays.

Admission:

For Transport Museum: See official website for details. Additional charges apply for Folk Museum.

Amenities:

Toilets, Parking, Cafe, Souvenir shop, Access for the disabled, education & conference centre.


Ferguson Monoplane cockpit.
(photo, Jeremy Briggs)
Ferguson Monoplane side view.
(photo, Jeremy Briggs)
McCandless M4 G-ATXX front view.
(photo, Jeremy Briggs)
McCandless M4 rear view.
(photo, Jeremy Briggs)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
- Ferguson Monoplane IAHC.6 Reproduction Displayed
G-ATXX McCandless M4 G-ATXX Complete Displayed
G-BKMW Short 360 G-BKMW Cockpit Displayed
G-AKLW Short Sealand G-AKLW Nose Displayed
XG905 Short SC.1 XG905 Complete Displayed

More Information

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, 153 Bangor Road, Cultra, Holywood, County Down, BT18 0EU, Northern Ireland. Tel: 028 9042 8428. Website: The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

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Short SC.1 front view. (photo, Jeremy Briggs) Short SC.1 side view. (photo, Jeremy Briggs)
SD360 nose front view. (photo, Jeremy Briggs) SD360 nose rear view. (photo, Jeremy Briggs)

Short Sealand G-AKLW nose (photo, Jeremy Briggs)

Ulster Aviation Collection

What’s Here

The museum is run by the Ulster Aviation Society, which aims to preserve the province’s aeronautical past. A large number of artefacts and photographs are exhibited, in addition the aircraft listed below. Originally located at Langford Lodge airfield under the name ‘Ulster Aviation Society Heritage Centre’, the Museum was forced to close in late 2004 and put all its exhibits into storage. Fortunately, a new site at Long Kesh has now been secured and the museum is being re-established. It is not yet open to the public.

Directions

At Long Kesh Airfield, on Halftown Road, off the A3 Lisburn to Lurgan road. Also reached from the A1 Lisburn to Newry road, by turning off at Hillsborough and following Culcavy Road, which goes under the M1 and becomes Halftown Road.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

The new site is not yet open to the public.

Admission:

See official website.

Amenities:

To be advised.


Display cabinets (photo, Paul McMaster) Sea Hawk FB.3 WN108 (photo, Paul McMaster)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
EI-BUO Aero (Lavery) Sea Hawker EI-BUO Complete Displayed
XM414 BAC Jet Provost T.3A XM414 Complete Displayed
EI-BAG Cessna 172A EI-BAG Complete Displayed
WZ549 de Havilland Vampire T.11 WZ549 Complete Displayed
XH131 English Electric Canberra PR.9 XH131 Complete Displayed
G-MJWS Eurowing Goldwing G-MJWS Complete Displayed
XA460 Fairey Gannet AS.4 XA460 Complete Displayed
JV482 Grumman Wildcat V JV482 Complete Displayed
WN108 Hawker Sea Hawk FB.5 WN108 Complete Displayed
XV361 Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.2B XV361 Complete Displayed
G-RENT Robinson R22B G-RENT Complete Displayed
G-BDBS Shorts 330 G-BDBS Complete Displayed
G-14-1 Short SB.4 Sherpa G-14-1 Fuselage Displayed
G-BTUC Shorts Tucano G-BTUC Complete Displayed
202 Sud Aviation SA316B Alouette III 202 Complete Displayed
G-MZHM Team Hi-Max 1700 G-MZHM Complete Displayed
XR517 Westland Wessex HC.2 XR517 Complete Displayed

More Information

Ulster Aviation Society, Long Kesh Airfield, Halftown Road, nr Sprucefield, Lisburn, BT27 5RF. Website: Ulster Aviation Society

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Buccaneer S.2B XV361 (photo, Maurice Auld) Tucano G-BTUC (photo, Maurice Auld)
Wildcat V JV482 (photo, Raymond Burrows) Vampire T.11 WZ549 (photo, Paul McMaster)

Thanks to Michael McBurney of the Ulster Aviation Society for permission to use these photos.

Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre

What’s Here

Located on the former RAF Woodhall Spa, wartime home of 617 ‘Dambusters’ and 92, 619 & 627 Squadrons is this visitors centre. The history of the base and its units are portrayed by various displays and artefacts. Other displays show life in wartime Lincolnshire.

Directions

On the B1192 between Woodhall Spa and RAF Coningsby. Signposted from the A153.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open Sunday and Bank Holidays 11.00 am to 5.00 pm, Easter to the end of September; plus Wednesdays in July and August 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Admission:

By donation.

Amenities:

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

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
XM192 BAC Lightning F.1A XM192 Complete Displayed
G-ANNN de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth II G-ANNN Complete Displayed
‘EV771′ Fairchild Argus II BAPC.294 Replica Displayed
‘G-AEXF’ Percival Mew Gull - Replica Displayed

More Information

Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre, Thorpe Road, Tattershall Thorpe, Lincoln, LN4 4PL. Tel: 01522 790569, website: Thorpe Camp.

Any photographs illustrating this museum would be welcome.

Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum

What’s Here

Thinktank is Birmingham’s unique and award-winning museum of science and discovery housed at Millennium Point.
This exciting science centre offers ten galleries of historical artefacts, modern interactives and futuristic facts. It’s an incredibly modern museum where visitors can explore everything from aircraft and steam engines to intestines and taste buds and even emotional robots.
Among the exhibits are a Supermarine Spitfire, built at the local Vickers Armstrong plant in Castle Bromwich in 1944, and a Hawker Hurricane built in 1943 by Hawker aircraft of Kingston & Langley, representing the 300 built by Austin of Longbridge, Birmingham during World War 2.

Also to be found here are countless examples of Birmingham’s engineering heritage, including motorcycles, cars and a working steam engine.

Directions

Within the Millennium Point centre, Curzon Street, Birmingham, West Midlands.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open every day (except 24-26 December), 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.00 pm).

Admission:

See official website for details.

Amenities:

Cafes, gift shop, secure car and coach park (charges apply). Disabled car parking bays. Toilets for wheelchair users. Baby changing facilities. Millennium Point is fully accessible for people with mobility difficulties. IMAX Theatre.


Hurricane IV ‘P3395′
(photo, Thinktank)
Spitfire
(photo, Thinktank)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
‘P3395′ Hawker Hurricane IV KX829 Complete Displayed
ML427 Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX ML427 Complete Displayed

More Information

Thinktank – Birmingham Science Museum, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 7XG. Tel: 0121 202 2222, website: Thinktank, e-mail findout@thinktank.ac.

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Spitfire IX close-up
(photo, Thinktank)
 

Spitfire IX ML427
(photo, Thinktank)

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