Solway Aviation Museum

(See also Crosby-on-Eden)

Solway aviation museum Vulcan_ XJ823 by 1401fixerThe Solway Aviation Museum is run by volunteers from the Solway Aviation Society. Its theme is that of British Military Aircraft manufactured in the North West of England between the 1950's and 1960's.

The first aircraft acquired by the museum was an Armstrong Whitworth built Hawker Hart Trainer, recovered from a barn at the Nelson Thomlinson School in Wigton Cumbria. The next plane to join the group was a Vampire Jet Trainer. Following this acquisition other planes included an Armstrong Whitworth Meteor, a Vulcan bomber, a Lightning, a Canberra, and another Vampire.

Solway aviation museum Vulcan XJ823 inside the cockpit by Charlie LittleBlue Streak parts and equipment are on display in the new Blue Streak room. New for 2002 is the Crosby Room with past and present details of the history of the civilian life of Carlisle Airport over many years. There are displays on the fire section and a life size copy of the control tower desk, along with the history of the various flight schools that have operated from the airport.

The museum is located at the Aviation Heritage Centre, Carlisle Airport, Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle, CA6 4NW.
Tel. 01228 573823
Open: April-last week Oct, Sat, Sun, and BH, 10.30am-5pm; also open Fri during English school holidays

Note: Please check opening times and dates before visiting in case of changes.

Photos courtesy of 1401fixer , Charlie Little.

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