Nottingham East Midlands Airport Aeropark
The East Midlands Aeropark is home to an extensive collection of preserved airframes and there is also a viewing area where you can watch arrivals and departures at East Midlands International Airport. Thanks to Alec Brown for the photographs and his help compiling this feature.
The Aeropark can trace its roots back to the ' Aeropark Volunteers Association' (AVA) and the Loughborough and Leicester Air Museum that formed in 1977. After four short years the group closed and a new organisation, The East Midlands Historic Flying Group formed with the main purpose of getting Varsity ( WL626 - ex 6FTS from RAF Finningley ) flying again.
In 1984 a new group formed with the help of the Local Councils of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire who along with a large input of funding from NCP Car Parks, helped establish the AVA and the Aeropark on a site on the Eastern perimeter of the airfield at Castle Donington.
The Aeropark at East Midlands Airport is close to the village of Castle Donington and the museum is well sign posted from the Airport's main entrance.
All exhibits are situated outside so photography poses no problems. The site also has a small restoration hangar where the team are enthusiastically restoring airframes to join the excellent Hunters (top), Buccaneer (above), Canberra, Wessex (below) and Vulcan airframes already on show. A rare Armstrong Whitworth Argosy and some other aircraft exhibits have access steps for viewing the cockpits.
The museum is staffed by volunteers and is only open on certain days but it's well worth a visit. Entry is a bargain at £3 for adults and £1 for age 5 to 15 (free for under 5's) with free parking. Within the Aeropark there is a viewing mound where the top of the viewing area is just 170 meters north of the main east/west runway of the airport.
||List of exhibits
Armstrong Whitworth Argosy 101 G-BEOZ
Armstrong Whitworth Meteor TT20 WM224
Avro Vulcan B2 XM575
BAe Jet Provost T4 XP568
Bae Nimrod R1 XW664 XW664
Blackburn Buccaneer S2B XV350
Britten SA1 Sheriff G-FRJB
de Havilland Canada Chipmunk T10 WP784
de Havilland DH104 Dove 6 G-ABUW
de Havilland Sea Venom FAW22 XG737
de Havilland Vampire T11 XD382
de Havilland Vampire T11 XD447
Engish Electric Lightning F53 ZF588
English Electric Canberra T17 WH740
Hawker Hunter FR10 XJ714
Hawker Hunter GA11 WV382
Hawker Hunter T7 XL569
Morane Saulnier MS800 Rallye G-BBED
Vickers Vanguard 953C G-APES G-APES
Vickers Varsity T1 WL626
Vickers Viscount 807 G-CSZB G-CSZB
Westland Gazelle AH1 XX457
Westland Wessex HAS1 ZS876
Westland Wessex HC2 XT604
Westland Wessex HU5 XT480
Westland Whirlwind 3 XG588
Location and contacts
Nottingham East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Derbyshire, DE74 2SA
Tel: 01332 852852
The Aeropark is located in the north-west corner of East Midlands Airport close to the village of Castle Donington and the Donnington Motor Racing circuit. It is well sign posted from the Airport's main entrance. The Airport is located on the Junction of the A42, A453 and M1 J23a.
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The Aeropark is open year round and on all Bank Holidays (with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day). During school holidays the Aeropark is often open on additional days - details will be available on this web site or see the local press.
Normal Opening hours are:
Summer (1st May-September)
Thursdays 10:30 - 16:00
Saturdays 12:00 - 17:00
Sundays 10:30 - 17:00
Last entrance to the park is 1 hour before closing time.
Winter (1st October to April)
Sundays 10:30 to 17:00 or dusk (whichever is earlier)
£3 for adults and £1 for age 5 to 15 (free for under 5's) with free parking.