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Sywell Aviation Museum

     

Sywell 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.

The 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.

The 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 new exhibit.


 

Sywell Aerodrome

Sywell

Northants

NN6 0BN

Tel: #44 (0)7968 061708

Website

 

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Opening times:

Easter Saturday - End of September

(Saturdays, Sundays and bank Holidays)

10.30am - 4.30pm

Group visits available at other times by prior appointment.


Admission Prices: Amenities:

FREE - donations welcome

Free Parking

Toilets

Museum Shop

On-site bar, restaurant and cafe

Aircraft Viewing Area

*Disabled Access inside (incl. disabled toilets)

Aircraft exhibits:  

Hawker Hunter F.MK2 WN904 - Complete, displayed externally (only F.2 in the world)
de Havilland Vampire T.11 XD599 - Cockpit -displayed
de Havilland Chipmunk T.10 WG419 - Cockpit - displayed
de Havilland Tiger Moth G-AOES - Cockpit (stored under restoration)
de Havilland Tiger Moth G-BHLT - Cockpit - on loan - displayed
Slingsby Grasshopper TX.1 WZ820 - Cockpit - on loan - displayed