I looked through my photographs after my visit and saw that I last came in 1987. Sadly, gone are the Boeing 707, Trident VC10 and Viscount. This leaves the museum with a distinct focus towards military aircraft which personally I find disappointing although the Britannia still stands outside as it was 26 years ago and to my eye looks to be in perfect condition. Well it is an RAF station and they must have decided that they should concentrate on the miltary. Entry is free although parking is a modest £2.50 up to 3 hours and £3.50 beyond. Make sure you you decide correctly before paying if you feel you may need more than 3 hours, as I did, and probably could have spent all day if it was not for needing to be elsewhere after spending in excess of of 4 hours. Admittedly I was feeling somewhat exhaused by this time. It is worth buying a guide book, not that I flick through the pages walking around but prefer to sit quietly in the cafe to see what I might have missed which I certainly had.
I saw the flight simulators immediately on entry and had to try these, particularly since it was not long after opening and I thought queues would develop. I asked for advice on what were consided the best choices and it was suggested that I try firstly, the Red Arrows and then the 4D Red Baron dogfight. There are seats for others but I was on my own. The Red Arrows were ok but the Red Baron (with special glasses) was out of this world with the added attraction of an unexpected 'bonus' which I will not disclose and spoil it for other visitors. It seemed as if I could just hold out my hand to touch the flying aircraft. There are a tremendous number of aircraft,but I still believe my favourite to be the TSR2 which even 60 years after being.
built, looks ahead of its time. James May's Airfix Spirfire is also displayed here.
I know that much development has been carried out over the years but I was left with the feeling that in certain areas it seemed somewhat overcrowded which made taking photographs difficult. I would have welcomed more in the way of upper walkways to see the aircraft but this all costs money and I would rather have it as it is without losing more exhibits. Just tucked around the corner is the Dornier 17 which has been lifted from the seabed and is contained within 2 hydration tunnels, (they look like large polytunnels), being sprayed 3 times an hour to prevent corosion. I managed to take some photographs through the extremely humid and wet plastic.
I can recommend this museum to anyone. It is not only for aircraft enthusiasts but is part of this country's history. I was particularly fascinated to read the telegrams sent to a wife informing her that her husband had failed to return from a mission abroad dring WW2. This was followed up by official letters informing her of her loss but also that later he had been found in a prisoner of was camp. I stopped for a simple triple egg omelette with salad before leaving and it was first class.
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