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“New and good for the enthusiast and kids” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Boscombe Down Aviation Collection

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection
Hanger 1 South | Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury SP4 6DZ, England
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Ranked #2 of 65 things to do in Salisbury
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Whether you're a serious aviation enthusiast or a kid who wants to sit in fast jet cockpits, this is for you! Please note - We are at Old Sarum Airfield - NOT at the Boscombe Down airfield.
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“New and good for the enthusiast and kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Not a place that will attract people casually passing by as stuck in the middle of a factory estate.

Also maybe the entrance fee will put some people off. As for a family it is £23, £8.50 for adults and £6 for children.

Also it is still a work in progress. It warns you it is a working museum , so can be a little noisy and a bit smelly as they can be spraying the aircraft.

That said seen through a child's eyes it is amazing. Yes you can actually touch all of the planes you can see and reach. There are at least a dozen cockpits they can sit in and pretend they are flying, one even makes the appropriate noises!
Staff are pleasant and knowlegdeable , although one very elderly gentleman obviously needed customer training.

Great little gift shop. Apparently as time goes on they will be adding more aircraft.

You can actually stay longer than you think because outside is Sarum Airfield; you can see private planes take off and land.

Visited August 2012
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stevemhall, BDAC Volunteer at Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, responded to this review, August 12, 2012
Thank you very much for your positive review!

As you say, we are very new (only opened 01 July 12) and still finding our feet. The collection is staffed entirely by volunteers, the majority of whom are serving or retired aviation professionals from civil and military backgrounds. One of our key aims is to restore and maintain the aircraft – and not to hide that activity behind closed doors as it can be fascinating!

We are actually located in an historic aircraft hangar built by German prisoners during the First World War, but the surrounding area does look like a bit of an industrial estate at the moment! We are part of a move to make the area more aviation related.

Thanks for your feedback. It’s exactly what we need in these early days.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

definately one to visit if your interested in this sort of thing!
my teenager brother loves this place, will be taking him again soon!

Visited September 2011
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stevemhall, Collection Staff at Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, responded to this review, July 24, 2012
Hi! Thank you for your kind comments. When you do come back there will be new aircraft to see. The largest collection aircraft - a Meteor D.16 - was delivered this week by the RAF and is now on display.
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