Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Museum and 'aerojumble'

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  1. Geedee

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    #1 Geedee, Jan 16, 2013
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    Thought I'd introduce you guys 'n' gals to the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (I am a member of this museum) down here in sunny Wiltshire.

    Boscombe Down airfield is over 85 years old (one of the very fist military aifields in the UK !!) and is the home of the Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) amongst others

    The collection was originaly in a hardened shelter at MOD Boscombe Down, but has since moved into a WW1 hangar at nearby Old Sarum airfield on the outskirts of Salisbury. The collection consists of mainly cockpit sections, plus a few complete airframes, of aircraft that at some time in their life where either based at Boscombe Down or used in trials there. you will not see 'planes, sections, or bits that have no connection to the airfield...so dont expect to see a Mig or Sabre or such like...hence the museum title :)

    Old Sarum airfield itself is the second oldest active airfield in the UK and dates back to 1917 !!!!

    The collection is pretty much unique in the UK, and quite possibly other places as well, in that you are actively encouraged to climb in the cockpits and try them out for size.

    Yes, thats right, you wont get shouted at for touching a plane like most museums, you'll probably get actively encouraged to get inside it !!!

    With the exception of exhibits being worked on and three airframes not open for public entry, every other 'pit in the collection is open for you to climb in and see how the fast jet office has developed over the years. There are Jet Provosts, Hunters, Tornadoes, Canberra's, Jaguars, BAC111's, Harriers and more!.

    The collections Sea Harrier is the highest scoring Harrier from the Falklands conflict and there is also a full scale reproduction of the very first airplane to land at Boscombe Down all those years ago...these two planes (and the red Meteor) are not open for you climb in. There are also a few choppers...Westland Wasp, Sycamore and loads of extra displays tucked away around the hangar.

    Heres the link to collection website... http://www.boscombedownaviationcollection.co.uk/

    I've added a few shots of some the exhibits to whet your apetite.

    Additionaly, on Mar 23rd, we are holding our first 'Aerobilia' at the hangar. Its an aerojumble !!. Lots of stalls and entry to museum included in the entry cost. If you are intersted in having a stall at the event, drop me a PM :)

    If you get the chance to come down to Salisbury...probably more aimed at UK forumites...you must take the time to come and have a visit and try out the cockpits. Heck, you might even see me or Tony (Rocketeer ) !!! :). Just remember to bring plenty of film / digital cards, as I've only scratched the surface with my few shots below.
     

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  2. nuuumannn

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    Wow! Thanks for posting Geedee, some real interesting noses there. I had heard that Boscombe had a growing collection, but I didn't know how much they had. I was under the impression they had a complete Phantom and a Lightning - are they there or have they been reduced to nose sections as well?
     
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    Looks like an interesting place Gary. Next time I'm out that way.....
     
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    What a fantastic collection, thanks for posting Gary! (especially for the Canberra cockpit shots :) )
     
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    Great stuff Gary ! I'd heard there was a 'collection', but had no idea it was so big! definitely on my list of 'Must Visit' places. Expect to see the 'Three Stooges' at some time not too far off!
     
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    Nice shots Gary!
     
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