IN REACH OF THE SKIES

CANADIAN WARPLANE HERITAGE

BRENZETT

NORWICH AIRCRAFT MUSEUM

ROUGHAM TOWER MUSEUM

LINCOLNSHIRE AVIATION HERITAGE CENTRE

EAST FORTUNE

AEROPARK

CLASSIC AIR FORCE

FORT PAULL

The museum is situated at Hamilton airport, Ontario and is very much a flying museum. The day we visited prearations were being made for an air display a couple of days later so exhibits were being moved around. A fabulous collection of aircraft but ancilliary displays are a little light by UK standards since Canada was not in the front line in the same way. Pictures from 2012.

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Brenzett Aeronautical Museum is North West of New Romney on the A2070. The site of a former WWII ALG it now houses a small museum with artefacts and relics mainly from wartime in the area, plus a D.H. Vampire. Open weekends from Easter to end of October and only £3 entrance. Worth a look. Visited in 2012.

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A small museum adjacent to Norwich airport that is easily found by taking the A140 out of Norwich and following the museum signs. Restricted opening out of season so worth checking before visiting but expect to pay £4.25 to see a dozen or so aircraft on display outside with a few cockpits, artefacts and also display areas inside. Loos and a seasonal cafe complete the museum. Shots from March 2013.

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The museum, as its name suggests, is based in the old Rougham control tower which has been restored from a very dilapidated state over the last 20 years. There are further displays in some reconstructed nissen huts and a small canteen offers basic refreshments. The museum opens Sundays only from May to October and is free to enter although donations are requested to meet the annual running costs. The tower is easily located by following the signs to Rougham Industrial Estate from J45 on the A14. Visited in Spring 2013.

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Located at the former airfield of East Krkby, the museum is probably best known as home to Avro Lancaster 'Just Jane'. Currently in ground running condition and performing taxi runs on a number of days througout the year, the ambition is to restore her to flight status. The museum also houses an airworthy Dakota, a Hampden project and various other artefacts and displays. There is also a very nice naafi on site. Well worth a visit.

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East Fortune is the location of the Scottish National Museum of Flight. Situated on the old RAF airfield South East of Edinburgh just off the A9. Reasonable entrance fees, a nice canteen, and most of the aircraft collection housed in original WWII hangars make this a very appealing museum. Additionally there is a further hangar especially for Concorde G-BOAA. From summer 2013.

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Aeropark is on the edge of East Midlands airport and has a nice raised viewing area should you wish to watch the comings and goings. Most of the collection is outdoors but there is a small restoration hangar that includes the sale of snacks and drinks and there is a loo too! Great value at only £3 to get in, as at August 2013.

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Classic Air Force is located at Newquay Airport/St Mawgan airfield. Signs to the airport will lead you there were you will pay £10 for entry. This is a fairly new venture closely linked with Air Base at Coventry and primarily represents the Cold War period. The collection is mainly housed in one hangar, with a couple of exhibits outside, and is home to several airworthy types including Meteor and Canberra. There are the usual facilities, a shop and small cafe. Visited Easter 2014

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Actually a Napoleonic fort rather than an aircraft museum but amongst a variety of exhibits at this museum near Hull are an early Blackburn bi-plane, a Hawker Hunter and the last surviving Beverley. Easy to spend a while here if you are prepared to look properly at what's on display. Pictures from August 2014.

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