Newark Air Museum
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|Newark Air Museum|
Handley Page Hastings T5 TG517 at the Newark Air Museum
|Location||Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire|
Newark Air Museum is an air museum located on a former Royal Air Force station at Winthorpe, near Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire, England. The museum contains a variety of aircraft. Its address is 45 Lincoln Road (the former A46).
The airfield was known as RAF Winthorpe during the Second World War, opening in September 1940. From 1942 to 1944, it housed No. 1661 Heavy Conversion Unit, training Avro Lancaster crews, in No. 5 Group with around thirty planes. In 1944 it joined No. 7 Group. In 1945 it transferred to Transport Command.
The following units were posted here at some point:
- No. 54 Maintenance Unit.
- No. 61 Maintenance Unit.
- No. 1331 Heavy Transport Conversion Unit.
- No. 1333 (Transport Support) Conversion Unit.
- No. 1333 Transport Support Training Unit.
- Central Servicing Development Establishment.
In 1964, 200 acres (0.81 km2) of the former airfield were purchased by the Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society, who have since held the Newark and Nottinghamshire County Show. A limited company called Newark (Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire) Air Museum was formed in 1968. The museum officially opened on 14 April 1973.
The museum has 69 aircraft on display, including:
- Avro Shackleton
- Avro Vulcan
- de Havilland Dove
- de Havilland Heron
- de Havilland Sea Vixen
- de Havilland Tiger Moth
- English Electric Canberra
- English Electric Lightning
- Fairey Gannet
- Gloster Meteor
- Gloster Javelin
- Handley Page Hastings
- Saab Draken
- Saab Viggen
- Supermarine Swift
The Air Museum has, for the past few years, hosted the annual Cockpitfest. This popular event calls on enthusiasts and 'cockpitters' alike to bring their memorabilia for others to see and, in the case of cockpits, get inside. The Cockpitfest celebrated its 10th anniversary in June 2009.
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