Army Flying Museum

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Army Flying Museum
Museum of army flying gallery.jpg
One of the museum's galleries
Established1987
LocationMiddle Wallop, Hampshire, England
Website[1]

The Army Flying Museum, previously known as the Museum of Army Flying,[1] is a British military aviation museum about the history of flying in the British Army. It is located beside the Army Air Corps Centre in Middle Wallop, close to Andover in Hampshire, England.

Remit[edit]

The Army Flying Museum covers the history of Army aviation from the Balloon sections of the Royal Engineers, through the establishment of the Royal Flying Corps in 1912 and Air Observation Post (AOP) Squadrons, and the establishment of the Army Air Corps in 1957 from the merger of the Glider Pilot Regiment and the AOP Squadrons. It contains flight simulators,[2] an outdoor play park with interactive aviation themed play pieces, and a control tower based on that at Middle Wallop.[3]

The museum raised funds for 'Project Eagle', a two-phase development program. Phase 1, which was completed on 1 September 2017, is a memorial to more than 5,000 personnel who died in the service of British Army Flying from early pioneers to the modern Army Air Corps.[4] Phase 2, from November 2018 to April 2019, instituted a Heritage Lottery Fund supported £2.59m refurbishment. In addition to capital improvements, an activity plan was instituted to operate until summer 2021, to included community and volunteer activities, training and education.[5]

Displays[edit]

General Aircraft Hotspur glider

The collection of aircraft includes fixed wing and rotary aircraft. These include a restored Westland Lynx serial XX153 that was used to set two former world helicopter speed records in 1972, and an Aérospatiale Gazelle, Westland Scout, Westland Lynx, Bristol Sycamore, the Saunders-Roe Skeeter, and a replica of the rotabuggy.

1962 Saunders-Roe Skeeter AOP12 at an event at Cotswold Airport, Gloucestershire. Kept at the museum in non-flying condition

The exhibit of military gliders of the Glider Pilot Regiment includes the Airspeed Horsa and Waco CG-4.

ZSU-23-4

The museum has an example of the Soviet ZSU-23-4 Shilka, captured from the Iraqi Army during the first Gulf War; the Shilka is a self-propelled, radar guided anti-aircraft weapon used during the Cold War.

Fixed wing[edit]

Rotorcraft[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lecture on D-Day preparations from Army Flying Museum coming this March at Stockbridge Town Hall". Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Simulators"Archived 21 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Museum of Army Flying. 9 September 2013
  3. ^ "Play Park" Archived 21 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Museum of Army Flying. 9 September 2013
  4. ^ "Project Eagle Phase 1". armyflying.com. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Phase 2 Activity Plan". armyflying.com. Retrieved 4 December 2018.

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Coordinates: 51°09′01″N 1°34′21″W / 51.1502°N 1.5726°W / 51.1502; -1.5726