Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton
Located on the Norfolk and Suffolk border at Flixton near Bungy, N&SAM has an impressive display of external exhibits including Gloster Javelin, DH Sea Vixen, EE Canberra, Pucara and many more. Home of East Anglia's Aviation Heritage Centre, the museum also incorporates themed collections for USAAF 446th Bombardment Group, RAF Bomber Command, Royal Observer Corps, No. 6 Group and Air Sea Rescue & Coastal Command.
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The two main display halls house a vast array of exhibits ranging from an impressive collection of ejector seats to a HS Sea Harrier, EE Lightning and DH Vampire T11. The is also a cafe in the main hall and museum shop on site.
There are many other smaller display huts housing the themed collection listed above.
An aviation museum in the Bungay area was initially conceived by half a dozen local aviation enthusiasts, resulting in its establishment in 1972.
Following local press coverage, the first public meeting of The Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Society was held early the following year, attracting 25 attendees. It was a further four years before their hard work was finally put on view to the general public.
The current museum has grown considerably since its official opening in 1976 - the first premises was a Nissen hut behind the Flixton Post Office. It soon became obvious that the Nissen hut could not be a permanent home, as in the first year alone, there museum attracted 5,500 visitors.
After considering other sites (including Seething Control Tower, Tibenham and Ellough), Andrew Gilham, then landlord of Flixton's local pub, The Buck, provided the solution. Andrew offered the use of two small meadows to the rear of the pub together with a barn. The offer was accepted, and the new facility was opened to the public in 1975.
By 1978, the Society had changed its name to the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum (NSAM), had become a Limited Company, and had registered as a Charity. Wing Commander Ken Wallis, who developed the Wallis Autogyro, and built "Little Nellie" famously used by James Bond in "You Only Live Twice", agreed to become the Museum's President.
ANTONOV C.14 Hang Glider
AVRO ANSON C.19/2 - VL349
AVRO SHACKLETON MR.3/3 - WR971
AVRO VULCAN K2 (cockpit) - XL445
BAe SEA HARRIER FA.2 - ZA175
BENSEN B.7 - LHS-1
BRISTOL SYCAMORE HR.14 - XG518
BRISTOL SYCAMORE HR.14 (cockpit) - XG523
BYGRAVES/TAYLOR J.T.2 TITCH - G-BABY
COLDITZ COCK (Spirit of Colditz) Glider - BGA 4757
DASSAULT MD-452 MYSTERE IVA - 79/EG
De HAVILLAND SEA VIXEN FAW.1 - XJ482
De HAVILLAND SEA VIXEN FAW.2 (cockpit) - XN696
De HAVILLAND VAMPIRE T.11 - XK624
ENGLISH ELECTRIC CANBERRA B.2/6 (cockpit) - WG789
ENGLISH ELECTRIC CANBERRA B(I).8 (cockpit) - WM279
ENGLISH ELECTRIC CANBERRA T.4 - WH840
ENGLISH ELECTRIC CANBERRA PR.3 (cockpit recreation) - WE168
ENGLISH ELECTRIC LIGHTNING DB/F1 - XG329
EoN PRIMARY Glider - BGA 1461
EUROWING GOLDWING Microlight - G-MMWL
FAIRCHILD F.24 C8F - N16676
FELIXSTOWE F.5 (nose)
FMA 1A-58 PUCARA Toto Juan - A-528
FOKKER D.VIII 5/8 Scale Repro - BAPC 239
FOKKER F.27 200 Eric Gander Dower (cockpit) - G-BDVS
GLOSTER JAVELIN FAW.9R - XH892
GLOSTER METEOR F(TT).8 - WF643
GOLDFINCH AMPHIBIAN 161
GOWLAND JENNY WREN - G-ASRF/PFA1300
GRUNAU BABY IIIb D9142/RAFGA374/ BGA 2074/2384
HANDLEY PAGE VICTOR K2 (cockpit) - XL160
HAWKER HUNTER FGA.9 - XG254
HUNTING JET PROVOST T.3A - XN500
KICENIUK ICARUS II
LIGHTWING ROOSTER 1/SER4 - G-MJVI
LOCKHEED T.33A - 55-4433
LUTON L.A.5 MAJOR - G-APUG
MBA TIGER CUB Microlight - G-MJSU
MIGNET HM.14 FLYING FLEA - BAPC 115
MIKOYAN-GUREVICH MiG-15bis (Czech Air Force S-103) - 623794
NORTH AMERICAN F-100D SUPER SABRE - 54-2196
NORTH AMERICAN T-28C TROJAN (fuselage) - 146289
PENROSE PEGASUS 2 Glider - BGA 4002/HKJ
PERCIVAL PROVOST T.1 - WV605
PERCIVAL SEA PRINCE T.1 -WF128
SLINGSBY T38 GRASSHOPPER TX.1 Glider -XA226
SOLO STRIKER/FLEXIFORM Microlight -G-MTFK
SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE II (FSM) - ‘P8140’
SKYCRAFT/FLYLITE super scout 250 monoplane -G-MBUD -
THUNDER Ax7-65Z BALLOON (Greenpeace) - G-BJZC
VICKERS VALETTA C.2 - VX580
VICKERS VALIANT BK.1 (cockpit) - XD857
VICKERS SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE LFXVIe (fuselage) - TD248
WALLBRO MONOPLANE (repro) - G-BFIP
WASP FALCON 4 Hang Glider
WESTLAND WHIRLWIND HAS.7 - XN304
WESTLAND WHIRLWIND HAR.10 - XR485
WESTLAND S-51-2 WIDGEON - G-ANLW
Address: The Street, Flixton, near Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 1NZ
Tel: 01986 896644
April - October 10am - 5pm (sun - thurs), Nov - Mar 10am - 4pm (tues, weds and sun) Closed 15th Dec - 15th Jan
Admission: FREE - Donations appreciated
The Museum is situated on the B1062 - off the A143 one mile west of Bungay, Suffolk.
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