The museum has a growing collection of aircraft representing the “Cold War” era. Unfortunately, due to the current rules regarding loans of ex-USAF aircraft to private museums, it is unlikely that we will ever acquire any type that served at the Twin-Bases. The museum’s first acquisition was a Meteor D.16. which was purchased in 2005. It has been the subject of a very lengthy restoration and a conversion back to its original F.8 configuration. When complete it will have working electrics and hydraulics and will wear the markings of No. 72 Sqn.
During October 2009 a Sepecat Jaguar joined the museum collection, and following completion of Phase 1 of its restoration, it is now in the process of being returned to ground-running condition. On July 1st 2010, Hawker Hunter XE707, also joined the museum collection, and is currently being re-painted ready for display in late 2014 or early 2015. May 2011 saw the arrival of our English Electric Lighting. This is currently undergoing a full restoration. Subsequent purchases have included a Harrier GR.3 and Phantom FGR.2. The Museum also has on loan a second Phantom FGR.2, a Phantom FGR.2 cockpit section and a Jet Provost cockpit section.
Full details of the museum’s aircraft can be found by clicking on the aircraft manufacturer column in the table below. Please note that only aircraft listed as on display can be seen on normal museum open days. Visits to see the aircraft under restoration are possible by prior arrangement, and on group visits if requested.
Can you help?
We are always looking for information on any of the museum aircraft, do you have any photo’s, manuals, spare parts, if so we would be very pleased to hear from you. Please use the contact page to get in touch with us.
|Manufacturer||Name||Designation||Serial||Status||Owned by BCWM|
|English Electric||Lightning||F.53||ZF581||Restoration in hangar||Yes|
|Gloster||Meteor||F.8||WH453||Restoration in hangar||Yes|
|Hawker||Hunter||GA.11||XE707||Restoration in hangar||Yes|
|Sepecat||Jaguar||GR.1A||XX741||Restoration in hangar||Yes|
|McDonnell Douglas||Phantom||FGR.2||XV401||Awaiting Restoration||Yes|
|McDonnell Douglas||Phantom||FGR.2||XV497||On Display||On loan|
|McDonnell Douglas||Phantom||FGR.2||XV460||On Display (Cockpit)||On loan|
|Hunting||Jet Provost||T.3A||XN629||On display||On loan|