Newark Air Museum, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire
Newark Air Museum is now one of the largest independent aviation museums in the UK and is home to a rich collection of airframes, from the beautiful Hawker Hunter F1 to the menacing Warsaw Pact Flogger's - it is s a must-see attraction for the aviation enthusiast.
The museum is situated just east of Newark on the Notts/Lincs border at the Winthorpe Showground - sandwiched between the A46 Lincoln / A17 Sleaford road.
Opened as a satellite station for RAF Swinderby in September 1940 - RAF Station Winthorpe, No. 51 Base, was initially used by the 300 and 301 Polish squadrons equipped with Fairey Battles. In June 1941 a 301 squadron Wellington was returning from Bremen when it crashed in a barley field at Roewood Farm, Winkburn near Southwell, Nottinghamshire. Two aircrew were killed and are buried in the Polish cemetery at Newark.
Eventually the base became home to No. 1661 Heavy Conversion Unit, training Lancaster crews with around thirty aircraft. In 1944 it joined No.7 Group and in 1945 it transferred to Transport Command.
In 1964, 200 acres of the former airfield were purchased by the Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society, who have since held the Newark and Nottinghamshire County Show on the site.
The seeds of the museum were planted when a limited company called Newark (Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire) Air Museum was formed in 1968 with the museum officially opening on 14 April 1973.
What to see
The mainstay of the collection is Cold War jets and the airframes are displayed in two large halls, and various outdoor locations around the site. The placing of the external aircraft is carefully thought out and ideal for photography - the site is blessed with plenty of space to display its exhibits.
The area in front of the cafe is home to various British aircraft such as EE Canberra, Gloster Meteor, HP Hastings, Avro Shackelton, EE Lightning, SEPECAT Jaguar and the iconic Avro Vulcan. Further airframes are displayed around the two halls, including a pair of Polish & Soviet Floggers, F-100 Super Sabre and FAA pair of Buccaneer S1 and Sea Vixen.
This hall has a selection of very early flying machines and a nice collection of post war jets, including Sea Venom, Seahawk, SAAB Draken and Westland Whirlwind, Bell Sioux and Bristol Sycamore helicopters. There is also a nice collection of Bomber Command gun turrets and part of a Lancaster fuselage at the back of the hall.
The larger and newer of the two halls is home to a beautiful collection of preserved jets, including a very rare Camberra B1(8) that was used in the de-icing trials, we were lucky enough to get in the cockpit on our visit!
A beautiful Hunter F1, Sea Harrier FA2, SAAB Viggen, Folland Gnat, HP Jetstream, Westland Wessex, SA Bulldog and Jet Provost are among the other habitants.
The Airfield, Winthorpe, Newark, Notts, NG24 2NY
Tel: 01636 707170
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Every day except December 24th, 25th & 26th & January 1st
November to February daily 1000 – 1600 hours
March to October daily 1000 – 1700 hours (including weekends & Bank Holidays)
Last admission 1 hour before closing time
Adults £7.00, Over 60s £6.00, Children £4.00 and Family ticket [2 adults & 3 children] £20.00. Appointments are preferred for Group [15 plus people] visits, although not essential and a party rate booking information pack is available on application.