Midland Air Museum
The Sir Frank Whittle Jet Heritage Centre at the Midland Air Museum
The Midland Air Museum (MAM) is situated just outside the village of Baginton in Warwickshire, England, and is adjacent to Coventry Airport. The museum includes the Sir Frank Whittle Jet Heritage Centre (named after the local aviation pioneer and inventor of the jet engine), where many exhibits are on display in a large hangar. It also has a small hangar, and a fenced-off green area where many aircraft are on display in the open.
Aircraft on display
The museum's two largest aircraft are an Avro Vulcan B.2 and an Armstrong Whitworth Argosy AW.650 (series 101). The restored Avro Vulcan is a delta-winged aircraft that was originally part of the V bomber force and could be equipped with nuclear missiles as part of Britain's role in NATO's nuclear deterrent force during the Cold War. It is on display near the museum's car park, together with an Avro Blue Steel missile, an early design format of such a nuclear missile, and a Boulton Paul BP.111A, an experimental delta-winged aircraft of the 1950s.
The museum also has an English Electric Canberra PR.3, two English Electric Lightnings (the RAF's fastest ever interceptor), two Gloster Meteors (one on loan from the Royal Air Force Museum), an Armstrong Whitworth Sea Hawk FGA.6, a Mil Mi-24 helicopter, and many others.
List of aircraft on display
Preservation Council (BAPC) Number
|Armstrong Whitworth Argosy AW.650 (series 101)||G-APRL||Often open for viewing|
|Armstrong Whitworth Meteor NF.14||WS838||On loan from the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford|
|Armstrong Whitworth Sea Hawk FGA.6||WV797||Royal Navy|
|Armstrong Whitworth Whitley||N1498||Remains; fuselage section etc. - the only substantial Whitley remains in existence|
|Avro Vulcan B.2||XL360||Royal Air Force|
|Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S.2B||XX899||Privately owned nose section|
|Boulton Paul P.111A||VT935|
|Bristol Beaufighter||Possibly T5298||Cockpit section|
|British Aerospace Sea Harrier FA.2||ZE694||On loan from BAE Systems|
|Crossley Tom Thumb||BAPC.32||Stored|
|Dassault Mystere IVA||70||French Air Force, on loan from the USAF Museum|
|de Havilland Dove 2||G-ALCU||Painted as G-ALVD|
|de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2||XJ579||Nose section|
|de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2||XN685|
|de Havilland Vampire F.1||VF301||Only Mk.1 Vampire in the UK|
|de Havilland Vampire T.11||XD626||Stored|
|de Havilland Vampire T.11||XE855||Fuselage pod on display in Robin Hangar|
|de Havilland Canada U-6A Beaver||58-1062|
|Druine D.31 Turbulent||BAPC.126|
|English Electric Canberra PR.3||WF922||Cockpit only|
|English Electric Canberra T.17A||WH646||Nose section|
|BAC Lightning F.6||XR771|
|English Electric Lightning T.55||55-713|
|Fairey Gannet T.2||XA508||On loan from Fleet Air Arm Museum; only remaining Mk.2 Gannet in existence|
|Fairey Ultra Light||G-APJJ|
|Flettner Fl 282V-10||28368||Partial aircraft; frame with rotor head and wheels|
|Folland Gnat F.1||XK741||Currently painted to represent GN-101 of the Finnish Air Force; fuselage only with replica wings currently under construction|
|Gloster Javelin FAW.5||XA699||Royal Air Force|
|Gloster Meteor F.4||EE531||Second oldest Meteor in existence|
|Gloster Meteor F.8||VZ477||Nose section|
|Hawker Hunter F.6A||XF382||Royal Air Force, on loan from the USAF Museum|
|Hawker Siddeley 125 series 1||G-ARYB||Fuselage and partial port wing; former test bed|
|Kaman HH-43B Huskie||62-4535||United States Air Force, undergoing restoration, one of only two in the UK|
|Lockheed T-33A||51-4419||Former French Air Force painted to represent a T-33 of the United States Air Force, on loan from the USAF Museum|
|Lockheed T-33A||Unmarked||Former French Air Force 17473 painted to represent a CT-133 of the Royal Canadian Air Force, on loan from the USAF Museum|
|Lockheed F-104G Starfighter||R-756||Danish Air Force, on loan from the USAF Museum|
|McDonnell F-101B Voodoo||56-0312||United States Air Force, on loan from the USAF Museum|
|McDonnell F-101B Voodoo||57-0270||On loan from the USAF Museum; nose, airfield fire crews rescue training aid (not viewable)|
|McDonnell F-4C Phantom II||63-7414||On loan from USAF Museum; dismantled, spares use|
|McDonnell F-4C Phantom II||63-7699||On loan from USAF Museum|
|Mignet HM.14 "Flying Flea"||G-AEGV|
|Mil Mi-24||Red 06|
|Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21SPS||959||East German Air Force|
|North American F-86A Sabre||48-0242||United States Air Force, on loan from Imperial War Museum, Duxford|
|North American F-100D Super Sabre||54-1174||Former French Air Force aircraft painted to represent a United States Air Force F-100, on loan from the USAF Museum|
|Parnall Pixie IIIa||G-EBJG||Stored|
|Panavia Tornado GR.4||ZA452||Royal Air Force|
|Percival Prentice T.1||VS623||Royal Air Force|
|PZL TS-11 Iskra||1H0408||Marked as 1706 of the Polish Air Force|
|SAAB J29F Tunnan||29640||Swedish Air Force, only example in the UK|
|Slingsby Cadet TX.1||BGA.804||Stored|
|Sopwith Pup||BAPC.179||Replica, painted as serial A7317|
|Vickers Viscount 708||F-BGNR||Air Inter markings, owned by the Midland Air Museum..|
|Westland Whirlwind Series 3||G-APWN||Bristow markings|
|Westland Whirlwind HAS.7||XK907||Storage area - remains of nose section|
Former residents on the British Aircraft Preservation Council register
- BAPC. 25 - Nyborg TGN-111 glider.
- BAPC. 26 - Auster AOP.9.[nb 1]
- BAPC. 67 - Bf 109 (replica)[nb 2]
- BAPC. 68 - Hurricane (replica)[nb 3]
- BAPC. 69 - Spitfire (replica)[nb 4]
- BAPC. 72 - Hurricane (replica)[nb 5]
- BAPC. 125 - Clay Cherub
Engines on display
Gas turbine engines
- Armstrong Siddeley Mamba
- Armstrong Siddeley Double Mamba
- Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire
- Armstrong Siddeley Viper
- de Havilland Ghost (Svenska Flygmotor RM2)
- Bristol Siddeley Orpheus
- Rolls-Royce Avon
- Rolls-Royce Derwent
- Rolls-Royce Gem
- Rolls-Royce Spey
- Rover W2B/26
- Sold to the South Wales Aircraft Preservation Society between 1979 and 1981.
- Formerly owned by J. P. Berkeley.
- Formerly owned by J. P. Berkeley.
- Formerly owned by J. P. Berkeley. Moved to the Torbay Aircraft Museum between 1981 and 84.
- Formerly owned by J. P. Berkeley. Moved to the North Weald Aircraft Restoration Flight between 1981 and 84.
- Wright 1979, p. 188
- Wright 1981, p. 187
- Wright 1981, p. 188
- Wright 1979, p. 189
- Wright 1984, p. 249
- Wright 1981, p. 189
- Wright, Alan J., Civil Aircraft Markings 1979. Ian Allan Ltd, Shepperton, Surrey, UK. ISBN 0-7110-0930-9.
- Wright, Alan J., Civil Aircraft Markings 1981. Ian Allan Ltd, Shepperton, Surrey, UK. ISBN 0-7110-1104-4.
- Wright, Alan J., Civil Aircraft Markings 1984. Ian Allan Ltd, Shepperton, Surrey, UK. ISBN 0-7110-1374-8.
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- Midland Air Museum web site
- Viscount F-BGNR owned by the Viscount 35 Association is currently on display at the Midland Air Museum.
- A Canberra website with a section that charts the restoration of the Museums Canberra PR.3 WF922 which was undertaken by Malcolm Lambert
- Website about the Midland Air Museums Javelin FAW.5 XA699