Newhaven Fort

Unofficial Museum Guide

What’s Here

Built in the 1860s, this coastal defence fort is set in 10 acres of grounds, with plenty of underground tunnels and bunkers to explore. There are excellent views of the coast and of passing ferries. Within the grounds is a display by the Robertsbridge Aviation Society, together with exhibitions on the Royal Observer Corps and Air-Sea Rescue.

Directions

Between Brighton and Eastbourne on the A259. Close to the mouth of the River Ouse, signposted from Newhaven.

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Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open daily 10.30 am to 6.00 pm, March to September. October open daily, 10.30 am to 5.00 pm. Last admission 1 hr before closing.

Admission:

See official website for details.

Amenities:

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

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
None at present

More Information

Newhaven Fort, Fort Road, Newhaven, East Sussex, BN9 9DS. Tel: 01273 517622. website: Newhaven Fort

Any photographs illustrating this museum would be welcome.

North East Aircraft Museum

Unofficial Museum Guide

What’s Here

The well-run North East Aircraft Museum features two display halls and a restoration workshop which is open to visitors. An impressive collection of aircraft is on show, together with a large number of aero engines and many other aviation artefacts. Themed displays include the Royal Observer Corps and the aviation heritage of the local area.

Directions

Opposite the Nissan car factory, east of Washington on the Old Washington Road between the A1290 and A1231. Signposted from the A1290 and A19 or follow signs for the Nissan factory.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open daily 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (or dusk if first).

Admission:

See official website for details.

Amenities:

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

Mystere IVA 146 (photo, Allan Barley) T-33A 54439 (photo, Allan Barley)
F-84F 26541 (photo, Allan Barley) F-86D 6171 (photo, Allan Barley)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
G-MBDL AES Long Ranger microlight G-MBDL Complete Stored
XT148 Agusta-Bell Sioux AH.1 XT148 Restoration Displayed
TX213 Avro Anson C.19 G-AWRS Complete Displayed
XL319 Avro Vulcan B.2A XL319 Complete Displayed
WJ639 BAC Canberra TT.18 WJ639 Complete Displayed
XP627 BAC Jet Provost T.4 XP627 Dismantled Stored
‘XS933’ BAC Lightning F.53 ZF594 Complete Displayed
G-ASOL Bell 47D G-ASOL Complete Displayed
Bensen B.7 BAPC.119 Complete Displayed
WA577 Bristol Sycamore 3 WA577 Complete Displayed
Brown Helicopter BAPC.96 Complete Displayed
DUC Carman M.100S glider DUC Complete Displayed
Chargus Olympus hang glider BAPC.228 Complete Stored
146 Dassault Mystere IVA 146 Complete Displayed
G-BEEX de Havilland Comet 4C G-BEEX Nose Displayed
G-ARHX de Havilland Dove 8 G-ARHX Dismantled Stored
XG680 de Havilland Sea Venom FAW.22 XG680 Complete Displayed
XN696 de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2 XN696 Cockpit Displayed
WZ518 de Havilland Vampire T.11 WZ518 Complete Displayed
WB685 De Havilland Canada Chipmunk T.10 WB685 Fuselage Displayed
A-522 FMA IA 58A Pucara A-522 Complete Displayed
WL181 Gloster Meteor F.8 WL181 Complete Displayed
WD790 Gloster Meteor NF.11 WD790 Nose Displayed
Handley Page Jetstream Nose mock-up Displayed
E-419 Hawker Hunter F.51 E-419 Complete Displayed
G-ARPO Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C G-ARPO Complete Displayed
54439 Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star 54439 Complete Displayed
‘G-AFUG’ Luton LA-4 Minor BAPC.97 Complete Displayed
G-ARAD Luton LA-5 Major G-ARAD Dismantled Stored
‘G-ADVU’ Mignet H.M.14 Flying Flea BAPC.211 Complete Displayed
6171 North American F-86D-35-NA Sabre 51-6171 Complete Displayed
42157 North American F-100D Super Sabre 54-2157 Complete Displayed
26541 Republic F-84F Thunderstreak 52-6541 Complete Displayed
G-OGIL Shorts 330-100 G-OGIL Complete Displayed
WZ767 Slingsby Grasshopper TX.1 WZ767 Complete Stored
G-AZLP Vickers Viscount 813 G-AZLP Fuselage Stored
WG724 Westland Dragonfly HR.5 WG724 Complete Displayed
‘XZ345’ Westland Gazelle AH.1 XZ335 Complete Displayed
‘G-BAGJ’ Westland Gazelle 1 G-SFTA Dismantled Stored
XM833 Westland Wessex HAS.3 XM833 Complete Displayed
XN258 Westland Whirlwind HAR.9 XN256 Restoration Displayed
G-APTW Westland Widgeon 2 G-APTW Complete Displayed

Notes: Swift fuselage WK198, Balliol cockpit WN516 and Firefly cockpit WD889 have moved to the RAF Millom Museum. Vampire FB.5 VV217 has moved to London Colney. Auster AOP.5 ‘TJ398’ has moved away.

More Information

North East Aircraft Museum, Old Washington Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR5 3HZ. Tel: 0191 5190662. Website: North East Aircraft Museum.

Sycamore WA577 (photo, Allan Barley) Whirlwind HAR.9 XN258 (photo, Allan Barley)
Sea Venom XG680 (photo, Allan Barley) Anson C.19 TX213 (photo, Allan Barley)
Vulcan B.2 XL319 (photo, Allan Barley) Canberra TT.18 WJ639 (photo, Allan Barley)

Museum of Berkshire Aviation

Unofficial Museum Guide

What’s Here

Located on the edge of the former Woodley airfield, the museum tells the story of aviation in Berkshire, including local manufacturers Fairey and Miles. Herald G-APWA is maintained by the The Herald Society and open to the public on occasions. Although small, the museum is well-lit and packed with interesting exhibits and displays. The history of the Miles Aircraft Company is clearly traced, and the activities of the Fairey Company at Woodley are portrayed through words and photographs. The staff are very friendly and helpful.

In May 2008 a new display hall was opened, effectively doubling the floor area of this very interesting museum.

Directions

Off Mohawk Way in Woodley, near Reading, Berkshire. From Junction 10 of the M4 join the A329(M) towards Reading. Take the Woodley exit off the A329(M) and turn right and right again to get onto Bader Way. From Bader Way turn right at the first roundabout, onto Mohawk Way. The entrance to the museum is only a short distance along on the right hand side.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 10.30 am to 5.00 pm, last Saturday in March to last Sunday in October; Sunday 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm, first Sunday in November to second to last Sunday in March.

Admission:

See official website for details.

Amenities:

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

Miles Student 2 G-MIOO Student fuselage side-view
Miles Martinet TT.1 MS902 Another view of the Martinet rebuild

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
Broburn Wanderlust glider BAPC.233 Complete Restoration
G-BAMK Cameron D-96 G-BAMK Gondola Displayed
‘465’ EoN 460-1 BWG Complete Displayed
ANL EoN Olympia 1 RAF GSA.103/BGA 529 Complete Displayed
APW EoN Olympia 2 G-ALJZ/BGA 562 Complete Displayed
AQZ EoN Primary 1 glider G-ALMN/BGA 589 Complete Displayed
XG883 Fairey Gannet T.5 XG883 Complete Displayed
XJ389 Fairey Jet Gyrodyne XJ389 Complete Displayed
G-APWA Handley Page Herald 100 G-APWA Complete Displayed
McBroom hang-glider BAPC.248 Complete Displayed
‘L6906’ Miles Hawk Trainer II BAPC.44/T9841 Complete Displayed
MS902 Miles Martinet TT.1 TF-SHC Complete Restoration
G-MIOO Miles M.100 Student 2 G-APLK Complete Displayed
ML Sprite UAV Complete Displayed
‘XP849’ Westland Scout AH.1 XP895 (composite) Complete Displayed

More Information

Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Mohawk Way (off Bader Way), Woodley, near Reading, Berkshire, RG5 4UE. Tel: 0118 9448089. Website: Museum of Berkshire Aviation.

Mamba engine from a Gannet Missile guidance system
Fairey Jet Gyrodyne XJ389 Front view of the Jet Gyrodyne
Rear view of the Jet Gyrodyne Miles Magister I ‘L6906’
Left side of the main display area Broburn Wanderlust fuselage
Upper display area Miles M.52 windtunnel model
H.P. Herald 100 G-APWA Fairey Gannet T.5 XG883
The Herald is next to the display hangar The Herald is open for visitors

Firepower – The Museum of the Royal Artillery

Unofficial Museum Guide

What’s Here

The Museum of the Royal Artillery is now called ‘Firepower’. Following a major refurbishment, the new-look museum shows the science and technology of gunnery from the earliest times to the present day. New multimedia displays and interactive hands-on exhibits are featured. An Auster AOP.9 takes centre stage in a display tracing the history of airborne artillery spotting and aerial reconnaissance.

Directions

Signposted off the A205 South Circular, at The Farndale Building off Plumstead Road, Woolwich. Just along the riverside from the Woolwich Ferry. Note: ‘The Rotunda’ is now closed.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (last admission 4.00 pm). Closed Sunday & Monday. Closed Christmas and New Year.

Admission:

See official website for details.

Amenities:

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

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
XR271 Auster AOP.9 XR721 Complete Displayed

More Information

FIREPOWER, The Royal Artillery Museum, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London SE18 6ST. Tel: 020 8855 7755, e-mail: info@firepower.org.uk, website: Firepower.

Any photographs illustrating this museum would be welcome.

Museum of Army Flying, Photographs

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Magister I ‘T9709’ Auster AOP.6 WJ358
Hafner Rotachute III P-5 Auster AOP.5 TJ569
Hafner Rotajeep B-415 Looking down on the Rotajeep
ML Utility Mk.1 XK776 Bell UH-1H AE-409 ‘656’
Airspeed Horsa II fuselage CG-4A Hadrian ‘243809’
Slingsby Kirby Kite I ‘G-2-4’ Hotspur II ‘HH268’
UH-1H ‘998-8888’ Beaver AL.1 XP822

Museum of Army Flying

Unofficial Museum Guide

What’s Here

Reflecting over 100 years of Army flying, from man-lifting kites and balloons to the present day, the museum displays a collection of over 35 helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. The exhibits are portrayed in a series of realistic themed dioramas, including assault glider combat and army flying in the Gulf War. A viewing gallery overlooks the workshop, and views of the busy airfield are also possible.

Directions

At Middle Wallop airfield, on the A343 between Andover and Salisbury, Hampshire.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open daily 10.00 am to 4.30 pm, last entry at 4.00 pm.

Admission:

See official website for details.

Amenities:

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

A view of the main exhibition hall Sycamore XG502 in the foreground
Lancashire Prospector ‘XM819’ Cessna L-19A 111989

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
Airspeed Horsa I Cockpit Displayed
‘KJ351’ Airspeed Horsa II ? Complete Displayed
Airspeed Horsa II Fuselage Displayed
TJ569 Auster 5 TJ569 Complete Displayed
WJ358 Auster AOP.6 WJ358 Complete Displayed
WZ721 Auster AOP.9 WZ721 Complete Displayed
70-15990 Bell AH-1F Hueycobra 70-15990 Complete Displayed
AE-409 Bell UH-1H Iroquois AE-409 Complete Displayed
XG502 Bristol Sycamore HR.14 XG502 Complete Displayed
111989 Cessna L-19A Bird Dog 111989 Complete Displayed
Cody kite Complete Displayed
XP821 De Havilland Canada Beaver AL.1 XP821 Complete Displayed
XP822 De Havilland Canada Beaver AL.1 XP822 Complete Displayed
WG432 De Havilland Canada Chipmunk T.10 WG432 Complete Displayed
TK777 General Aircraft Hamilcar I TK777 Fuselage Displayed
‘HH268’ General Aircraft Hotspur II Reproduction Displayed
B-415 Hafner Rotajeep Replica Displayed
8381M Hafner Rotachute III 8381M Complete Displayed
‘XM819’ Lancashire Aircraft Prospector ? Complete Displayed
‘T9707’ Miles Magister I ? Complete Displayed
XK776 ML Utility Mk.1 XK776 Complete Displayed
XL813 Saro Skeeter AOP.12 XL813 Complete Displayed
XL814 Saro Skeeter AOP.12 XL814 Complete Displayed
‘G-2-4’ Slingsby T.6 Kirby Kite I G-ALNH Complete Displayed
WZ772 Slingsby T.38 Grasshopper TX.1 WZ772 Complete Displayed
‘N5195’ Sopwith Pup Replica Displayed
XR232 Sud Aviation Alouette AH.2 XR232 Complete Displayed
‘243809’ Waco CG-4A Hadrian ? Complete Displayed
ZA737 Westland Gazelle AH.1 ZA737 Complete Displayed
G-AXKS Westland Bell 47G-4A G-AXKS Complete Displayed
XX153 Westland Lynx AH.1 XX153 Complete Displayed
XP847 Westland Scout AH.1 XP847 Complete Displayed
XP910 Westland Scout AH.1 XP190 Complete Displayed
XV127 Westland Scout AH.1 XV127 Complete Displayed
Westland Scout AH.1 Cockpit Displayed
XT108 Westland Sioux AH.1 XT108 Complete Displayed
Westland Wideye Complete Displayed
Westland Wisp Complete Displayed

Bell UH-1H Iroquois AE-406 has gone to RAF Valley for use with the SARTU there as an instructional aid.

More Information

Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8DY. Tel: 01264 784421, Fax: 01264 781694, e-mail: administration@flying-museum.org.uk, website: Museum of Army Flying.

Skeeter AOP.12 XL813 Gazelle AH.1 ZA737
Sopwith Pup ‘N5195’ Looking down on the Pup
Alouette AH.2 XR232 Bell 47G G-AXKS
Beaver AL.1 XP821 Another view of XP821
Scout AH.1 used as a ‘simulator’ Sioux AH.1 XT108

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Muckleburgh Military Collection

Unofficial Museum Guide

What’s Here

The Muckleburgh Military Collection comprises a large number of military vehicles, many of which are in full working order. The Meteor is on loan from the Imperial War Museum. Further displays include the Royal Flying Corps and the modern armed forces. Several aero engines and missiles are on show. Live tank demonstrations take place every Sunday, and daily during the summer season. This attraction was formerly known as simply the Muckleburgh Collection.

Directions

At Weybourne Camp, off the A149 west of Cromer, 3 miles west of Sheringham, Norfolk. Well signposted.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open daily 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, March 31st to November 4th. Saturday and Sunday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm November 5th to March 30th.

Admission:

See official website for details.

Amenities:

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

V-1 replica (photo, Dan Lord) Meteor front view (photo, Dan Lord)
Harrier front view (photo, Dan Lord) Meteor NF.11 WD686 (photo, Dan Lord)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
ZJ385 BAE Systems Phoenix ZJ385 Complete Displayed
WD686 Gloster Meteor NF.11 WD686 Complete Displayed
XZ968 BAe Harrier GR.3 XZ968 Complete Displayed
XN967 Blackburn Buccaneer S.1 XN967 Cockpit Stored
Fieseler Fi 103 ‘V-1 flying bomb’ Replica Displayed

More Information

Muckleburgh Military Collection, Weybourne Camp, near Weybourne, Norfolk, NR25 7EG. Tel: 01263 588210. website: The Muckleburgh Military Collection

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Stuart tank (photo, Dan Lord) Sherman tank (photo, Dan Lord)
T-34 tank (photo, Dan Lord) White half-track (photo, Dan Lord)


Harrier GR.3 XZ968 (photo, Dan Lord)

de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre

Unofficial Museum Guide

What’s Here

Located at Salisbury Hall, where the Mosquito prototype was originally designed, the museum now covers all aspects of the de Havilland aircraft company and it’s products. All completed exhibits are maintained in very good condition.

Directions

At Salisbury Hall, between London Colney and South Mimms, off the B556 southeast of St Albans. Signed from Junction 22 off the M25.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

From the first Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm; Sunday and Bank Holidays 10.30 am to 5.30 pm. Last admission 4.30 pm. (Note correct opening times, not as published elsewhere).

Admission:

See official website for details.

Amenities:

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

Dove 8 G-AREA (photo, John Hayles) Comet 2 cockpit (photo, John Hayles)
Mosquito I W4050 (photo, Allan Barley) Comet 2R XK695 (photo, John Hayles)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
Airspeed Horsa BAPC.232 Fuselage Displayed
G-ABLM Cierva C.24 autogyro G-ABLM Complete Displayed
‘J7326’ D.H. Humming Bird ? Fuselage Displayed
G-ANRX D.H.82A Tiger Moth G-ANRX Complete Displayed
LF789 D.H.82B Queen Bee BAPC.186 Fuselage Displayed
‘G-ACSS’ D.H.88 Comet FSM Displayed
G-ADOT D.H.87B Hornet Moth G-ADOT Complete Displayed
G-AKDW D.H.89 Dragon Rapide G-AKDW Complete Displayed
G-AFOJ D.H.94 Moth Minor G-AFOJ Complete Displayed
W4050 D.H.98 Mosquito I prototype W4050 Complete Displayed
TA122 D.H.98 Mosquito FB.VI TA122 Complete Displayed
TA634 D.H.98 Mosquito TT.35 TA634 Complete Displayed
TJ118 D.H.98 Mosquito TT.35 TJ118 Nose Displayed
J-1008 D.H.100 Vampire FB.6 J-1008 Complete Displayed
‘WR410’ D.H.100 Vampire FB.54 J-1790/G-BLKA Complete Displayed
WM729 D.H.100 Vampire NF.10 WM729 Pod Displayed
D-IFSB D.H.104 Dove 6 D-IFSB Complete Displayed
G-AREA D.H.104 Dove 8 G-AREA Complete Displayed
F-BGNX D.H.106 Comet 1XB F-BGNX Fuselage Displayed
XK695 D.H.106 Comet 2R XK695 Nose Displayed
D.H.106 Comet 2 Cockpit Displayed
XJ565 D.H.110 Sea Vixen FAW.2 XJ565 Complete Displayed
WR539 D.H.112 Venom FB.4 WR539 Pod Displayed
J-1632 D.H.112 Venom FB.50 G-VNOM Complete Displayed
J-1790 D.H.112 Venom FB.54 G-BLKA Complete Displayed
WX853 D.H.112 Venom NF.3 WX853 Complete Displayed
XG730 D.H.112 Sea Venom FAW.22 XG730 Complete Displayed
G-AOTI D.H.114 Heron 2D G-AOTI Complete Displayed
XJ772 D.H.115 Vampire T.11 XJ772 Complete Displayed
WP790 DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 G-BBNC Complete Displayed
WP927 DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 WP927 Cockpit Displayed
VP-FAK DHC-3 Otter VP-FAK Complete Displayed
Hatfield Toucan man powered a/c BAPC.146 Complete Displayed
G-ARYA HS.125 srs 1 G-ARYA Cockpit Displayed
G-ARYC HS.125 srs 1 G-ARYC Complete Displayed
G-AVFH HS Trident 2 G-AVFH Nose Displayed
G-AWZO HS Trident 3B* G-AWZO Complete Displayed

* = stored off-site at Hatfield.

More Information

De Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre, PO Box 107, Salisbury Hall, London Colney, near St Albans, Herts, AL2 1EX. Tel: 01727 822051 (infoline), Tel/Fax: 01727 826400. Official Website: www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk, unofficial website: www.dehavillandmuseum.2ya.com

Moth Minor G-AFOJ Humming Bird ‘J7326’
Vampire T.11 XJ772 Mosquito FB.6 TA122
Tiger Moth G-ANRX Vampire FB.6 J-1008
Chipmunk T.1 WP790 Dove 6 D-IFSB
Heron 2D G-AOTI Sea Venom FAW.22 XG730
H.S.125 srs 1 G-ARYC Comet 1XB F-BGNX
Museum Entrance (photo, John Hayles)

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre

Unofficial Museum Guide

What’s Here

Operated by the Montrose Aerodrome Heritage Society and Montrose Air Station Heritage Trust, the museum here depicts the story of the historic Scottish aerodrome, which first opened in 1913. Housed in the former RAF Montrose station headquarters building are displays and exhibits recalling the activities of the RFC and RAF at the base. There is also a growing collection of well looked after military vehicles here, including a Landrover and a Green Goddess fire engine. A new-build Romney-style hangar and a Nissen hut were opened in April 2007, and these have greatly expanded the available space for exhibits and restoration work.

Directions

On Waldron Road, off the A92 at the northern end of Montrose, Angus.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open Wednesday to Saturday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm and Sunday 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm, 1st April to 31st October. (Last admission 3.15 pm). Winter: Saturdays 10:00 am to 4.00 pm and Sundays 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm. Other times by prior appointment.

Admission:

See official website for details.

Amenities:

Toilets, Souvenir Shop, Parking, Disabled access to most areas.

Landrover Srs One and Green Goddess from 1954
(photo, Graham Philip)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Present

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
XA109 de Havilland Sea Vampire T.22 XA109 Complete Displayed
WF825 Gloster Meteor T.7 WF825 Complete Displayed
G-MMLM MBA Tiger Cub 440 G-MLMM Complete Displayed
‘471’ Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2 Replica Displayed
‘B5577’ Sopwith 1F1 Camel BAPC.59 Replica Displayed
‘EP121’ Supermarine Spitfire LF.Vb Replica Displayed

Past

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Fate
XE874 de Havilland Vampire T.11 XE874 ?
XD542 de Havilland Vampire T.11 XD542 ?
XJ723 Westland Whirlwind HAR.10 XJ723 to Newcastle upon Tyne
XJ380 Bristol Sycamore HR.14 XJ380 to BDAC Old Sarum
XE340 Hawker Sea Hawk FG.6 XE340 to FAAM Yeovilton

Notes: Westland WG.30 N116WG often quoted as being with this museum actually belongs to OPITB – the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Board, located elsewhere in the town.

More Information

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, Waldron Road, Broomfield, Montrose, Angus, Scotland, DD10 9BB. Tel: 01674 678222, e-mail: rafmontrose@aol.com, website: RAF Montrose

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The museum building (photo, Graham Philip)

Any more photographs illustrating this museum would be welcome.

Zimbabwe Military Museum

Unofficial Museum Guide

Key Facts

Location: Gweru
SatNav: ?
Country: Zimbabwe
Date Opened: ?
Aircraft Exhibits: 11

What’s Here

The Zimbabwe Military Museum has its beginings in a number of historic aircraft stored at Thornhill Air Base. These aircraft were eventually moved to the premises of the School of Defence and a museum opened here in January 1974. Various displays portray the history of the Army, Air Force and Police. In addition to the aircraft, visitors can view aero engines, uniforms and equipment associated with Zimbabwe’s military history. A special display honours the efforts of the Rhodesian Air Training Group during World War Two.

Directions

In Gweru on the south eastern side of the Civic Centre.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Every day 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

Admission:

No information.

Amenities:

No information.

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
SR26 DH.82A Tiger Moth SR26 Complete Displayed
RRAF112 DH.100 Vampire FB.9 RRAF112 Complete Displayed
1380 DH.100 Vampire FB.52 1380 Complete Displayed
‘4220’ DH.115 Vampire T.11 2406 Complete Displayed
R2504 English Electric Canberra B.2 R2504 Complete Displayed
1188 Hawker Hunter FGA.9 1188 Complete Displayed
Mignet HM.14 Flying Flea Complete Displayed
SR48 North American Harvard IIA SR48 Complete Displayed
3614 Percival Provost T.52 3614 Complete Displayed
PK355 Supermarine Spitfire F.22 PK355 Complete Displayed
Z-YNA Vickers Viscount Z-YNA Complete Displayed

More Information

Zimbabwe Military Museum, Lobengula Avenue, P.O. Box 1300, Gweru. Tel: 0154 2816.

Any photographs illustrating this museum would be welcome.