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  • PhantomII
    Phantoms Phorever
    • Jan 2000
    • 8292

    U.K. Travel Tips

    Outside of Duxford, where would you guys recommend travelling to in the U.K. as far as historical aviation is concerned? Figured I'd ask those closest to all the good stuff!

    Thanks!
    Fox-4!
  • TwinOtter23
    NAM volunteer-Plugmeister
    • Jan 2006
    • 7774

    #2
    I spend too much time here http://www.newarkairmuseum.org/

    When are you planning to visit the UK?
    Find out what's happening at newarkairmuseum.org
    Please help move Chinook ZA717 to Newark Air Museum

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    • Planemike
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Dec 2007
      • 1810

      #3
      I feel sure a thread already exists containing everyones thoughts, ideas and reccommdations on this topic.

      How long do you have? Are you able to travel the whole of the country?

      Planemike
      Last edited by Planemike; 13th December 2014, 17:48.

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      • RPSmith
        ex Midland A.M. member
        • Mar 2005
        • 2908

        #4
        will you have transport or be relying on trains, buses, etc.?

        Roger Smith.
        A Blenheim, Beaufighter and Beaufort - together in one Museum. Who'd have thought that possible in 1967?

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        • trekbuster
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Jul 2011
          • 877

          #5
          In no particular order places I have visited and enjoyed apart from ones already mentioned.
          Imperial War Museum, central London
          RAF museum, Hendon (London suburbs)
          RAF museum, Cosford, near Wolverhampton 140 miles from London by car
          Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden, Bedfordshire 50 miles from London by car
          Solent Sky, Southampton, 85 miles from London by car
          Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby, Lincolnshire, 130 miles from London by car
          Fleet Air Arm museum, Yeovilton, Somerset 130 miles from London by car

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          • Fournier Boy
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Mar 2007
            • 1047

            #6
            Tangmere I think is lovely for a small museum feel with some great artefacts. About 70 minutes by train from London and a short bus ride from there right to the main gate.

            FB

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            • farnboroughrob
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Dec 2008
              • 618

              #7
              You will find more aviation museum per square mile in the UK than anywhere else. You have the big national museums
              RAF Museum hendon, off airport in north London, acess able by public transport. Large Battle of Britain collection, many German aircraft plus new WW1 exhibition, free admission
              IWM South Lambeth, in central Lonon, small number of aircraft in a bigger museum, free admission
              Science Museum, some early aircraft, and a few WW1 WW2 again central London, free admission
              Fleet Air Arm Museum, in Somerset 2+ hours from london, big naval aircraft collection and carrier deck mock up on active military base
              RAF Museum Cosford, near Birmingham, big cold war exhibition and prototypes and some of the large RAF aircraft on a RAF ground training base
              Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop half way from London to Yeovilton, many helicopters and air observation types. Active helicopter base

              You have many volunteer museum that mainly contain post war jets, with some noticeable exceptions.

              shuttleworth collection- many flyable prewar and even pre WW1 aircraft-a must, car required, grass airfield
              Airbase Coventry and Newquay airports- many flyable jets from the 50's and 60's plus static aircraft
              de havilland aircraft musuem- need a car for this, three de Havilland Mosquitos and many other company products
              Solent sky- in the middle of Southampton Solent fly boat spitfire, S6 schnieder seaplane and many more
              Manchester- city center with a cross section of aircraft
              Brooklands museum- not far from Heathrow motor and aircraft museum Concorde, Wellington and more
              Yorkshire Air Museum- Halifax, Mosquito and many more

              Hope this gives you a good idea of a few places, its will all depend on how long you have and weather you have access to a car?

              Rob
              Last edited by farnboroughrob; 13th December 2014, 20:16.

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              • mike currill
                Big pistons rule
                • Jul 2003
                • 8791

                #8
                I would agree with all the above. Plus East Kirkby and East Fortune if time permits. East Kirkby especially as it is a bit of a time warp back to the dark days of WWII.
                The mind once expanded by a new idea never returns to its original size.

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                • Denis
                  The past is preferable!
                  • Mar 2004
                  • 1517

                  #9
                  And being from the US, there are quite a few 8th AAF related museums in East Anglia such as Thorpe Abbots (100th BG(H), Framlingham/Parham(390th BG(H), Debach(493rd BG (H), that are situated in the old control towers of what is left of these airfields.
                  Hertfordshire Airfields Memorial Group
                  http://hamg.co.uk

                  Hunsdon, Sawbridgeworth and Matching Green airfields..
                  http://www.wartime-airfields.com

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                  • Bazza333
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Aug 2006
                    • 159

                    #10
                    If it was me I'd do -
                    Brooklands and FAST(Farnborough), 20 miles apart & easily do both in one day.
                    Yeovilton
                    Cosford
                    Newark
                    But it all comes down to your travel arrangements etc.

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                    • Sideslip
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Apr 2012
                      • 641

                      #11
                      I would definitely recommend the Science Museum in London as they have some of the most famous aircraft in Britain, e.g. Alcock and Brown's Vimy, Amy Johnsons Gipsy Moth, Britain's first jet, the Gloster E28/39, the Supermarine S6B that won the won the Schneider Trophy outright, and an original Cody aeroplane.
                      Also, if you plan to visit the Shuttleworth Collection try to get there on a flying day.
                      But, where ever you decide to go have a great time. I'm sure you will.
                      Work! You don't know what work is. When I was a boy...

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                      • Whitley_Project
                        If in doubt apply heat..
                        • Jan 2000
                        • 2844

                        #12
                        Hi - the RAF Museum (London) would be my first choice, followed by the IWM in London (think it's closed at the present time for refurb) and Duxford.

                        Is there anything in particular you want to see?

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                        • PhantomII
                          Phantoms Phorever
                          • Jan 2000
                          • 8292

                          #13
                          Wow! I knew you guys had a lot of aviation history here, but for the size of the country that's quite a lot of places! The FAA Museum at Yeovilton interests me in particular for some reason...do they have a Swordfish by chance?

                          As for my travel options (yes to a car for those who asked), they are wide open. Let's just say my stay in the U.K. isn't exactly temporary. Thanks for all the tips!
                          Fox-4!

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                          • trumper
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Aug 2003
                            • 6741

                            #14
                            Not strictly aviation BUT if you are going to Duxford then this is 15 mins up the road. http://www.madingleyamericancemetery.info/

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                            • OneEighthBit
                              With wings alone
                              • Mar 2008
                              • 728

                              #15
                              Why not take in the beautiful Cotswolds and come visit the newly re-opened Jet Age Museum near Cheltenham?

                              http://www.jetagemuseum.org/

                              We're not the biggest museum in the country but we've got lots of good stuff and very passionate volunteers.
                              "The best way to stop a crack in the fuselage spreading is to drill each end with a one eighth bit."
                              @HorsaJed | Jet Age Museum Horsa Cockpit Project

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                              • farnboroughrob
                                Rank 5 Registered User
                                • Dec 2008
                                • 618

                                #16
                                Originally posted by PhantomII View Post
                                Wow! I knew you guys had a lot of aviation history here, but for the size of the country that's quite a lot of places! The FAA Museum at Yeovilton interests me in particular for some reason...do they have a Swordfish by chance?

                                As for my travel options (yes to a car for those who asked), they are wide open. Let's just say my stay in the U.K. isn't exactly temporary. Thanks for all the tips!
                                One tip for Yeovilton is that it is located on the A303 road which, in the summer, is a major tourist route and at weekends is very busy and can be slow, a weekday visit would be best. The museum is in 4 main sections. First has some replica WW1 aircraft and some more modern helicopters. then a ww2/Korean era hall with Swordfish, Avenger, Hellcat, Firefly, Seafire, Seafury etc. Then there is 'carrier' this is a mocked up flight deck with 50's and 60's aircraft (Phantom,Buccaneer,Seahawk,Sea Vixen etc)arranged 'on deck' . The photography conditions are poor but it is a good experience. You then walk through a simulation of the inside of the carriers island which is quite realistic. The final hangar contains a prototype concorde (belong to the Science museum been here since the 70's as they had nowhere to put it!) plus research aircraft, Sea Harriers and others. Have fun

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                                • Moggy C
                                  Moderator
                                  • Jan 2000
                                  • 20534

                                  #17
                                  You do need to allow a full day for Duxford, and even then you won't have seen it all.

                                  Shuttleworth/Old Warden is very close (by car) but there is no sense in trying to do both in one day.

                                  Near to Duxford is The Eagle pub in Cambridge with its famous autographed ceiling; a must for anyone interested in the Mighty Eighth and Bomber Command

                                  Moggy
                                  "What you must remember" Flip said "is that nine-tenths of Cattermole's charm lies beneath the surface." Many agreed.

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                                  • Moggy C
                                    Moderator
                                    • Jan 2000
                                    • 20534

                                    #18
                                    And don't forget East Kirkby. As close as you'll get to a live WW2 Bomber Command aerodrome, complete with living Lancaster.

                                    Moggy
                                    "What you must remember" Flip said "is that nine-tenths of Cattermole's charm lies beneath the surface." Many agreed.

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                                    • Planemike
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Dec 2007
                                      • 1810

                                      #19
                                      Two more that have not been mentioned, as far as I can see, NEAM Sunderland and East Fortune. Both are quite a trek from London but in the same direction...

                                      http://www.nelsam.org.uk/NEAM/NEAM.htm

                                      http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-flight/

                                      Planemike
                                      Last edited by Planemike; 15th December 2014, 21:44.

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                                      • TonyT
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Oct 2006
                                        • 9042

                                        #20
                                        If you visit Yeovilton, you might consider doing Bovington (tank collection) and Portsmouth ( historical dockyards) as they are all within about 60 miles of each other, plus you have Stonehenge if you feel you want to follow in Obama's steps.

                                        See

                                        http://www.tankmuseum.org/home

                                        http://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/

                                        You have access to the ships shown above and below decks.

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