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Museum of Army Flying

4 June 2018

51° 09′ 00″ N/1° 34” 22″ W

DeHaviland Beaver at the Museum of Army Flying in Middle Wallop UK—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Westland Scout at the Museum of Army Flying in Middle Wallop UK—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

This museum is an absolutely pleasurable world-class aviation museum and is located in Middle Wallop UK. Of course, centered on flying and flying machines of the Royal Army, though it is so much more since many of the aircraft are exhibited in diorama depicted the conditions in which they served. Helicopters, fixed wing and experimental backyard-invention type machines abound in this expansive museum.

The Museum of Army Flying entrance—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The Museum of Army Flying entrance—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

War prize ZSU 23-4 Shilka, the anti flying machine with 4 x 23mm radar aimed water cooled auto cannon at the Museum of Army Flying—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The Museum of Army Flying is family friendly with plenty of aircraft, excellent café with many healthy food choices and dedicated play area enclosure. When we there a vintage car rally was taking place on the grounds as an added bonus.

Bristol Teardrop Special at a car rally during our visit to the museum—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Bristol Teardrop Special at a car rally during our visit to the museum—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

A nice footnote mentioned by the museum director was pointed out, literally, when he showed us an image of James Doohan long before his “Scotty” of Star Trek fame. Flight Lt. James Doohan it was!

Third from the left in the front row, Lt. J M Doohan in 14 February 1945 of Air Observation Pilot Course 40 (yes, a World War II veteran and was part of the D-Day invasion)—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

“Scotty” as a graduate air observation pilot—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Military gliders were an especially pleasing surprise as they are addressed quite completely. World War II Luftwaffe gliders (perhaps the best successes with military gliders initially) are represented in scale model diorama but it is the Horsa and Hamilcar gliders which are show center. No less than two Horsa gliders are in full scale diorama (one crash landed and cleverly party of a hallway) and the main fuselage of absolutely immense Hamilcar glider. Immense for the Allies that is and it is not a replica but the real thing! Visitors can walk through much of the fuselage and see the upper fuselage and cockpit from an adjacent balcony.

Full scale Horsa glider diorama post vehicle delivery scene—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Full scale Horsa glider diorama after a successful crash landing with broken fuselage and collapsed landing gear (wonderfully visitors get to walk along this one and peak inside)—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The actual Hamilcar glider fuselage at the Army of Museum Flying—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

This says much about the Museum of Army Flying, rich in history displayed well—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Notes from Louis Verdet and his Le Rhône rotary engine design—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Artifacts of a Schutte Lance (Luftschiffbau Schütte-Lanz?) SL 11 airship. Notably the first airship to be shot down over England, accomplished by Lt. Leefe Robinson on 3 September 1916 who was awarded the Victoria Cross for the feat—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The Museum of Army Flying—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The Museum of Army Flying—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The Museum of Army Flying—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

More of the crash landed Horsa glider full scale diorama in the Museum of Army Flying—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

More of the crash landed Horsa glider full scale diorama in the Museum of Army Flying—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The Museum of Army Flying—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The Museum of Army Flying—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The museum has an extensive display of gallantry, here is the DFC awarded to Capt. Gander for World War II service with his extraordinary skill on dangerous missions searching out Axis gun positions—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Another of the many full scale dioramas, this of an Auster AOP 9 in the Museum of Army Flying—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

 

4 Comments leave one →
  1. shortfinals permalink
    5 June 2018 10:15

    So glad you enjoyed the Museum of Army Flying! This was a ‘local’ aviation museum for me for many years (I lived about 35 miles away), and also worked many air shows there as a commentator. An unheralded gem !

    • travelforaircraft permalink
      5 June 2018 10:33

      You are so right, it is an unheralded gem. I have to learn to use elegant phrases such as that. It is a world class museum in what it has and especially in how it’s exhibited, I think anyway. Plus it is nore than family friendly with healthy food selections in the cafe and protected play area for the children. I was more than impressed 🙂 If I only lived so close to a major museum—sigh…

  2. 22 June 2018 20:26

    A nice collection and a Scout! Good timing with the cars too!

    • travelforaircraft permalink
      23 June 2018 10:00

      It was a lucky day for me 🙂

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