Wings Museum

Unofficial Museum Guide

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.

Any photographs illustrating this museum would be welcome.

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.

Directions

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.

Visiting

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.

Admission:

See official website for details.

Amenities:

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: pgv@gatwick-aviation-museum.co.uk, 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

Brooklands Museum

Unofficial Museum Guide

What’s Here

The Brooklands Museum tells the story of the development of British motorsport and aviation at the site from 1907. Brooklands-based aviation companies such as Sopwith, Martinsyde and Vickers played a key role in the development of aviation. Displays and exhibits portray the contribution of the area in both world wars, and also in the post-war years with Vickers and later BAC. An exhibition on Grand Prix motor racing can also be seen. The Concorde Experience opened in August 2006.

Directions

On the B374 south of Weybridge, Surrey. Well signed from Junctions 10 or 11 of the M25. The entrance to the museum is on Brooklands Drive, from Wellington Way off the B374 or Sopwith Drive off the A245.

Visiting

Opening Hours:

Open daily 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (last entry 4.00 pm), Easter to October (during BST); Winter months 10.00 am to 4.00 pm (last entry 3.00 pm). Not open December 23rd – 27th.

Admission:

See official site for details. There is an additional fee for Concorde.

Amenities:

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

Roe I Biplane (replica) in a reproduction of
Roe’s shed (photo, Nigel Roling/Pentavia)
Demoiselle (replica) BAPC.194
(photo, Nigel Roling/Pentavia)
Viscount 806 G-APIM (photo, Dan Lord) P.1127 XP894 (photo, Dan Lord)

List of Aircraft Exhibits

Displayed I.D. Aircraft Type Real Identity Condition Status
HFZ Abbott-Baynes Scud I BGA.3922 Reproduction Stored
‘G-AACA’ Avro 504K BAPC.177 Reproduction Displayed
‘KB976’ Avro Lancaster 10AR Forward Fuselage Displayed
G-BBDG Aerospatiale/BAC Concorde 202 G-BBDG Complete Displayed
Aerospatiale/BAC Concorde Cockpit Simulator Displayed
G-ASYD BAC One-Eleven 475AM G-ASYD Complete Displayed
BAC TSR-2 Cockpit Off-site
‘2’ Bleriot XI G-LOTI Reproduction Displayed
F-BGEQ de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth NL846 Complete Dismantled
WP921 De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 G-ATJJ Cockpit Displayed
‘K5673’ Hawker Fury I BAPC.249 Full Scale Model Displayed
‘XF314’ Hawker Hunter F.51 E-412 Complete Displayed
E-421 Hawker Hunter F.51 E-421 Complete Displayed
Z2389 Hawker Hurricane IIa Z2389 Complete Displayed
XP894 Hawker P.1127 XP894 Complete Displayed
G-VTOL Hawker Siddeley Harrier T.52 ZA250 Complete Displayed
G-AEKV Kronfeld Drone de Luxe G-AEKV Complete Displayed
G-MJPB Manuel Ladybird G-MJPB Complete Dismantled
Manuel Willow Wren BGA.162 Complete Stored
‘G-ADRY’ Mignet H.M.14 Flying Flea BAPC.29 Reproduction Off-site
Roe I Biplane BAPC.187 Reproduction Displayed
G-ROEI Roe I Biplane G-ROEI Reproduction Displayed
Rogallo hang-glider Complete Stored
‘F5475’ Royal Aircraft Factory SE.5a BAPC.250 Full Scale Model Displayed
Santos-Dumont Demoiselle BAPC.256 Replica Displayed
XX499 Scottish Aviation Jetstream T.1 XX499 Complete Displayed
ATH Slingsby T.15 Gull III BGA.643 Complete Stored
‘B7270’ Sopwith F.1 Camel G-BFCZ Reproduction Displayed
Sopwith Tabloid floatplane Replica In-build
WK198 Supermarine Swift F.4 WK198 Fuselage Displayed
‘G-EBED’ Vickers 60 Viking IV BAPC.114 Full Scale Model Displayed
G-AGRU Vickers 498 Viking 1A G-AGRU Complete Displayed
G-APEP Vickers 953C Merchantman G-APEP Complete Displayed
G-APEJ Vickers Merchantman G-APEJ Nose Displayed
XD816 Vickers Valiant B(K).1 XD816 Nose Stored
WF372 Vickers Varsity T.1 WF372 Complete Displayed
A40-AB Vickers 1103 VC10 G-ASIX Complete Displayed
G-ARVM Vickers VC10 Srs 1101 G-ARVM Nose Displayed
Vickers 1101 VC10 Nose Displayed
Vickers Vimy Cockpit/Engine Nacelles Displayed
NX71MY Vickers Vimy NX71MY Reproduction Displayed
G-APIM Vickers Viscount 806 G-APIM Complete Displayed
XT575 Vickers Viscount 837 OE-LAG Cockpit Displayed
N2980 Vickers Wellington IA N2980 Complete Displayed
Vickers Wellington Front Fuselage Replica Displayed
G-BJHV Voisin Biplane G-BJHV Reproduction Displayed
White Monoplane Reproduction In-build

Notes: Beagle 206-1X G-ARRM is on loan to FAST Museum at Farnborough. DH Vampire T.11 ‘U-1215’ was moved off site by it’s owner in 2001. Sea Vixen XJ571 has moved to the Southampton Hall of Aviation. The Curtiss D Pusher was sold by the owner to Kermit Weeks, Demoiselle BAPC.194 has been returned to the RAF Museum and Supermarine 544 cockpit was returned to its private owner in 2001. Hunter T.7 XL621 ‘G-BNCX’ has been moved off site by it’s owner.

More Information

Brooklands Museum Trust Ltd, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN. Tel: 01932 857381, e-mail: info@brooklandsmuseum.com, Website: Brooklands Museum.

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Wellington IA N2980 (photo, Dan Lord) Wellington rear view (photo, Dan Lord)
Wellington nose (photo, Dan Lord) Grand Slam Bomb (photo, Dan Lord)
Avro 504K ‘G-AACA’ (photo, Dan Lord) Viking 1A G-AGRU (photo, Dan Lord)
Fury I ‘K5673’ (photo, Dan Lord) Hurricane IIa Z2389 (photo, Dan Lord)
Merchantman nose G-APEJ (photo, Dan Lord) Viscount 837 nose XT575 (photo, Dan Lord)
TSR-2 cockpit section (photo, Dan Lord) VC10 nose (photo, Dan Lord)
Hunter F.51 E-421 (photo, Dan Lord) Varsity T.1 WF372 (photo, Dan Lord)
Merchantman G-APEP (photo, Dan Lord) VC10 A40-AB (photo, Dan Lord)
Rapier-Railton car (photo, Dan Lord) Hunter T.7 XL621 (photo, Dan Lord)

Thanks to Julian Temple for help with updating this page.