Aviation Museum (SAM) is a voluntary, non-profit-making organisation
which aims to preserve the history of Sywell Aerodrome and Northamptonshire's
rich aviation heritage from the early days of aviation to the
Second World War and beyond. SAM began life in 1998 and the
Museum building was opened in 2001 by the legendary aviator
Alex Henshaw MBE who is also our honorary president. Alex flew
from Sywell regularly during the Second World War, airtesting
Vickers Wellingtons from the aerodrome so we were honoured that
he agreed to launch our small Museum.
Museum originally consisted of three Nissen huts, dismantled
at thew now-closed RAF Bentwaters and erected on site at Sywell.
The buildings themselves are artefacts having been used as bomb
fuzing sheds at Bentwaters by the USAAF during WW2. The Museum
has expanded in 2010 and 2011 by the addition of two new Nissen
huts, formerly POW Camp Huts from Snape Farm, Derbyshire.
first hut (opened during Easter 2011) was named The Paul Morgan
Hall and houses the Museum's cockpit collection and a complete
WW2 Link Trainer. The second hall (opened in Easter 2012) includes
an expanded USAAF Hall and a new POW/Luftwaffe exhibition. The
Museum's first complete airframe, a Hawker Hunter, was acquired
in summer 2012, and work is ongoing to restore this exciting