Boscombe Down Aviation Collection

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Come and sit in fast jet cockpits! Telling the story of flight & flight testing at Boscombe Down We are NOT at Boscombe Down airfield.
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A facinating collection of whole aircraft, cockpits, models and artefacts for aircraft and weapons trials. Many of the cockpits are open for kids of all ages to climb in to. Please note - We are at Old Sarum Airfield on the outskirts of Salisbury.

Many thanks to BDAC volunteer and official photographer Herbie Fatherly for sending in these photos of the Lancaster B1 ...
01/12/2023

Many thanks to BDAC volunteer and official photographer Herbie Fatherly for sending in these photos of the Lancaster B1 Special nose section that is currently being manufactured. The privately-owned exhibit will be mated to the nose once it is finished. There is no nose gunner on this variant, the only defensive armament was a tail gunner in order for the aircraft to save enough weight to carry the 22,000lbs (10-tonne) Grand Slam bomb.

Let us know what you think of our handiwork in the comments! We are still looking for more Guides, Shop Staff, Event & Archives Staff to assist in the amazing work we do - get in touch with us if that's something that interests you. Without volunteers, we would not be able to offer the amazing experience we do to our generous, supportive visitors.

01/12/2023
Our 2024 Lecture Series poster is now live! If you are not a BDAC member, but still wish to receive details of our Zoom ...
30/11/2023

Our 2024 Lecture Series poster is now live!

If you are not a BDAC member, but still wish to receive details of our Zoom lectures (provided free of charge but donations always welcome), in-person lectures in our hangars at Old Sarum, our future events as well as updates on what is happening at BDAC, please sign up to the BDAC Newsletter mailing list via the below link -

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BDAC's Drone Corner was expanded earlier this week by the addition of a Mirach drone target, donated by Qinetiq to BDAC....
30/11/2023

BDAC's Drone Corner was expanded earlier this week by the addition of a Mirach drone target, donated by Qinetiq to BDAC.

The additions to the Mirach exhibit were kindly donated by QinetiQ and consist of two Infra Red Towed Targets (IRTTs), one now mounted under each wing by Steve and Craig on 13 November.

We were also fortunate to be given a second Rocket Assisted Take Off booster which is now attached to the port side of the airframe. All we are missing to make the exhibit externally complete is the fairing on the top of the fuselage and we have high hopes of eventually acquiring one of those. We now know that beneath that fairing should be two winch reels to feed out the IRTTs.

Earlier in the week we had a visit from ex-test pilot Eric Fitzpatrick, who's name is emblazoned on our Empire Test Pilo...
28/11/2023

Earlier in the week we had a visit from ex-test pilot Eric Fitzpatrick, who's name is emblazoned on our Empire Test Pilots School Beagle B.206 XS743. The B.206 was nicknamed Basset by the Royal Air Force crews.

The Basset retired after more than 50 years of flight, having spent 46 of those years served with ETPS. It is estimated that nearly 1,000 test pilots and flight test engineers have been trained in stability and control on this aircraft. It was retired from ETPS service in November 2014, and after then was an instructional airframe with Qinetiq at MoD Boscombe Down after then.

Fantastic work by our team of RAF Survival Equipment experts - the thought of WW2 re-enactors, who will be parachuting i...
27/11/2023

Fantastic work by our team of RAF Survival Equipment experts - the thought of WW2 re-enactors, who will be parachuting into Normandy 80 years after the start of Operation Overlord, packing parachutes in our historic hangars, would be quite amazing.

We have a Taylorcraft Auster AOP IV that served with 653 Squadron, and flew all the way from RAF Old Sarum, to France, Belgium, Netherlands & into Germany in support of the British Army after June 1944.

Just keeping things pumped up at the Pool Side... Eddie Sutton has paid another visit to the museum to catch up with Gerry and Mark as they continue the work to preserve the history of the trade. Some of the kit on site needs regular attention especially the single seat Dinghy due to a very slow leak in the canopy....we will find it.
Great conversation yesterday with some WW2 para reenactors who would like to use our packing table to pack their parachutes in the dry before displaying in Normandy next year.
Its great to be able to reach out and offer these groups some support and learn more about each other's history.

27/11/2023

Great to see the ex-Empire Test Pilots School BAC 1-11, previously based at MoD Boscombe Down before ending it's flying days at Newquay, find a new home at Solent Sky Museum in Southampton. Well done team!

I was hoping to post this last night, but didn't have a chance. 5th November 1918, the day of perhaps the worst accident...
07/11/2023

I was hoping to post this last night, but didn't have a chance. 5th November 1918, the day of perhaps the worst accident to occur at RAF Old Sarum in it's history. Anglo-Bulgarian Cadet Claude George Angeloff crashes in his Airco DH.9 on his last training sortie before being 'signed off'.

The aircraft crashes and stalls after take-off from the airfield, and Angeloff is killed. Sadly, the aircraft is armed with a set of 20lb Cooper bombs under each wing which are live, and during the recovery effort these explode, killing Sergeant William Henry Cox of Blandford Forum, and Corporal Edmund Gill, and injuring a further 11 others.

American Flight-Sergeant Arbour, belonging to an Aero Squadron of the American Expeditionary Force, attached to the RAF, said it was reported to him that Angeloff before this accident had trouble with his machine, which kept missing fire. A new accumulator was fitted to rectify this.

Following the crash, a party from RAF Old Sarum visited the crash site immediately with an ambulance & it was seen that the machine was on fire, and was practically destroyed, all the canvas having been burnt. There was quite a number standing near the machine and the medical orderly went up to see if Angeloff was alive, but nothing could be done for him. It was obvious that before the explosion he was dead.

Capt Arthur John Ormesby Wigmore, Royal Army Medical Corps, visited the crash site but before he could get half way across the aerodrome the explosion occurred. Sgt Cox had several wounds in the neck which were the cause of death, and his identity was confirmed by Capt William F Mayoss in RAF Old Sarum's mortuary.

The Coroner, Mr W J Trethowan, said this was one of the worst accidents he had known & was one of the worst cases in Salisbury or in South Wilts. It is very sad to note that this accident occurred just 6 days before the Armistice. It is these sacrifices we must remember. RIP.

Many of us have known Shackleton's, seen them, and especially heard them during our lives. The hard-working team that ow...
30/10/2023

Many of us have known Shackleton's, seen them, and especially heard them during our lives. The hard-working team that own & run the Shackleton MR2 WR963 which has been at Coventry Airport for many years now needs your help to ensure it can continue its life at Elvington. They now require financial assistance to move the aircraft and the public can now play their part in this momentous move. Please consider donating to support this very worthy cause!

Hi my name is Richard Woods, I've been the chap leading the team caring f… Richard Woods needs your support for Shackleton WR963 move to Yorkshire Air Museum

Our Royal Flying Corps team have attached in apt fashion to our original BE2 propeller a commemorative wreath to all RFC...
28/10/2023

Our Royal Flying Corps team have attached in apt fashion to our original BE2 propeller a commemorative wreath to all RFC, RNAS & RNAS personnel who fell in the First World War. Lest we Forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and also those who returned home from hostilities.

What a fantastic article from Salisbury Journal covering our recent accreditation from Arts Council England.
22/10/2023

What a fantastic article from Salisbury Journal covering our recent accreditation from Arts Council England.

AN aircraft museum that aims to capture imaginations with a 'no barrier' approach has been recognised as among the best in the country.

One lucky chap at our Grand Aviation Book Sale today went away with quite a stack!
22/10/2023

One lucky chap at our Grand Aviation Book Sale today went away with quite a stack!

It is good to have a complete re-design & move around of museum exhibits & the layout every once in a while! What a fant...
18/10/2023

It is good to have a complete re-design & move around of museum exhibits & the layout every once in a while! What a fantastic museum and a large shop selling an array of aviation goodies.

What a fantastic museum shop!
14/10/2023

What a fantastic museum shop!

Remembering the loss of HMS Royal Oak tomorrow...
13/10/2023

Remembering the loss of HMS Royal Oak tomorrow...

BDAC AWARDED THE "THE GOLD STANDARD FOR BRITISH MUSEUMS" - Arts Council Accreditation is the nationally agreed standard ...
13/10/2023

BDAC AWARDED THE "THE GOLD STANDARD FOR BRITISH MUSEUMS" -

Arts Council Accreditation is the nationally agreed standard that ensures all museums are sustainable, focussed and trusted. The standard is designed to inspire the confidence of the public, and also funding organisations and governing bodies. Consequently, it is the level that museums all aspire to achieve.

After a considerable amount of effort by the BDAC Board of Directors an application for Arts Council Accreditation was submitted for consideration on 29 April 2023. In July 2023 Board Members had an online meeting with representatives of the Arts Council to clarify elements of the Collection’s submission. The application was considered by the full Council on 21 September 2023 and the Museum is delighted to announce that on 5 October 2023 we were informed that BDAC had been awarded Full Arts Council Accreditation.

For a relatively new aviation heritage organisation this is a tremendous achievement and everyone involved in the Museum's operations should be proud of the contribution that they have made in order that the Collection could achieve these standards.

Want to be part of our journey & benefit greatly from your experience volunteering with us? Message us to find out more!

Courtesy of International Bomber Command Centre Archive, here's a look at a 30 Squadron Blackburn Beverley that made it'...
06/10/2023

Courtesy of International Bomber Command Centre Archive, here's a look at a 30 Squadron Blackburn Beverley that made it's way to RAF Old Sarum to participate in trials at the School of Land/Air Warfare which was based at the station. Story told (which has been repeated to me personally by personnel of the time), it had to wait several days for the ground to harden enough for it to take off again, back to RAF Dishforth.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED! We are looking to expand our amazing team here at BDAC and are looking for a new breath of voluntee...
29/09/2023

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED!

We are looking to expand our amazing team here at BDAC and are looking for a new breath of volunteers to join us. From guides, both during the week & weekend, shop & retail staff, archives team, events and we even have an Operations Director role available (let us know if you are interested in this unique opportunity!).

We would warmly and happily welcome people from all walks of life, profession and breadths of enthusiasm to our team. Please drop us a message on our page for more information on joining us.

And another Boscombe Down aircraft will be heading to Solent Sky Museum in Southampton... "The front 60ft of the fuselag...
29/09/2023

And another Boscombe Down aircraft will be heading to Solent Sky Museum in Southampton... "The front 60ft of the fuselage will be transported to Southampton and installed alongside the front wall of Solent Sky, where it will be modified to enable wheelchair access to the cockpit, with a café in the rear of the passenger cabin". A great way to make museum exhibits, especially aircraft, more accessible!

Southampton museum to create new exhibit using ex-QinetiQ aircraft

Congratulations Bournemouth Aviation Museum on your new exhibit!
29/09/2023

Congratulations Bournemouth Aviation Museum on your new exhibit!

Last flying example of de Havilland naval fighter acquired for static display

It's a wonderfully busy day today at BDAC with all our volunteers working hard on our many ongoing projects. Aircraft ha...
25/09/2023

It's a wonderfully busy day today at BDAC with all our volunteers working hard on our many ongoing projects. Aircraft have graced this historic airfield since 1917, when it was created by the Royal Flying Corps.

Members of 99 Squadron's Nucleus Flight (members of those who were previously attached to 13 Training Squadron) came to Salisbury from their permanent base at RFC Yatesbury in north Wiltshire in the late spring of 1917 to setup a new base for the squadron, at the time flying a variety of aircraft. When they moved here, they were to operate Airco DH9's daylight bombers.

24/09/2023
WOW almost 3500 people visiting Ulster Aviation Society on a single weekend.... Amazing how Museums can attract so many ...
21/09/2023

WOW almost 3500 people visiting Ulster Aviation Society on a single weekend.... Amazing how Museums can attract so many people who want to learn about our heritage.

EHOD Day 2 - exactly 1950 people through our gates. That’s an astounding 3,493 total over the weekend, annihilating our previous EHOD weekend total of 1600 a few years ago.

Thank you to everyone who visited us, thank you to our Volunteers for their amazing work, thank you to the Air Cadets for helping us by manning the aircraft’ steps and the car park.

An incredible Team effort! Over the moon!!

21/09/2023

Come & visit the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection at Old Sarum Airfield, near Salisbury and learn all about the flight & flight test in the Wessex region. Our guide, retired test pilot Ron Burrows, shows the sights that you can see within our historic Grade-II* Listed hangars which were constructed in 1917 for the Royal Flying Corps.

We are open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:00 (16:00hrs last entry).

BDAC Grand Big Book Sale - 22nd October 2023 - this event will be in our conference room between 10:00-16:00hrs. You wil...
16/09/2023

BDAC Grand Big Book Sale - 22nd October 2023 - this event will be in our conference room between 10:00-16:00hrs. You will be able to purchase from hundreds of available titles of second-hand aviation books. Please tell your friends, colleagues & loved ones as you may go away with a handful or two of books!

A fascinating acquisition....
14/09/2023

A fascinating acquisition....

Brilliant, our award-winning brewing neighbours have come out with another drink for all to enjoy... What about "Jet Fue...
14/09/2023

Brilliant, our award-winning brewing neighbours have come out with another drink for all to enjoy... What about "Jet Fuel" for the next one? 😉

📣New beer! Pouring fresh on tap📣

Introducing 'Mine's a Malcolm', our brand new Hazy Pale Ale. Hopped with Nectaron, Citra, Motueka Cryo this beer delivers BIG flavours... peach, passionfruit and sweet sweet pineapple. Finishing with a crisp, smooth, fruity mouth feel. Sitting at a steady 4.3% it's 👌

Cheers! 🍻

Get over to Belfast and enjoy the FREE event at Ulster Aviation Society
10/09/2023

Get over to Belfast and enjoy the FREE event at Ulster Aviation Society

We had an absolutely incredible first day of EHOD Weekend today with a record-breaking 1,543 people coming to visit us. Our car park was nearly bursting into an overflow strip.
Thank you for everyone who spent the day with us and during that incredible weather too.

We’re back again on Sunday for day two if you missed today. FREE Event. FREE Parking. 10am - 5pm

A hot sunny day for XX145 to bask in the sun.
09/09/2023

A hot sunny day for XX145 to bask in the sun.

What a brilliant display and pop-up shop by a very good foundation, enabling a UK-built Mosquito to return to UK skies. ...
08/09/2023

What a brilliant display and pop-up shop by a very good foundation, enabling a UK-built Mosquito to return to UK skies. Lovely merchandise.

More photographs of the 80th anniversary of Empire Test Pilots School event courtesy of Richard Drew from Www atlantikwa...
08/09/2023

More photographs of the 80th anniversary of Empire Test Pilots School event courtesy of Richard Drew from Www atlantikwall co uk

Yesterday evening BDAC hosted the 80th anniversary event of the Empire Test Pilots School.... A fantastic evening with t...
08/09/2023

Yesterday evening BDAC hosted the 80th anniversary event of the Empire Test Pilots School.... A fantastic evening with the "best of the best" in aviation in attendance!

Here is an ex Royal Flying Corps serviceman inspecting the cockpit of an RAF Chipmunk at RAF Old Sarum, 1967.
04/09/2023

Here is an ex Royal Flying Corps serviceman inspecting the cockpit of an RAF Chipmunk at RAF Old Sarum, 1967.

Come and visit us to see the fantastic display the Squippers have curated that is housed in our museum!
03/09/2023

Come and visit us to see the fantastic display the Squippers have curated that is housed in our museum!

Being a volunteer is very rewarding.
03/09/2023

Being a volunteer is very rewarding.

Address

Hangar 1 North Old Sarum Airfield
Salisbury
SP46DZ

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

Telephone

+441722323636

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