Solway Aviation Museum
|Location||Carlisle Lake District Airport|
About the Museum
The Museum is run by The Solway Aviation Society Ltd and staffed by unpaid volunteers. The Society is a registered charity supported by entrance charges to the Museum, and public donations. In addition to normal opening (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays plus Bank Holidays from April until October end) the Museum hosts educational visits for school classes studying the Second World War and for Scout, Cub and Beaver packs achieving their Air Activities Badge. Following the closure of the RAF Millom Museum many of the artefacts were moved to Solway Aviation Museum for safe keeping and eventual exhibition when space permits. The Museum is now the sole aviation Museum left in Cumbria.
The Buildings contain exhibits and artefacts relating to aviation in Cumbria, including the Second World War and also houses individual displays featuring the development of Blue Streak, Martin Baker ejection seats and the development and activities of the Airport itself since the Second World War.
The current collection includes the following:
|Avro Vulcan B.2||XJ823||Royal Air Force, it was flown into Carlisle Airport in January 1983, after the Falklands War|
|BAC Jet Provost T.4||XS209||Royal Air Force, was used as a training airframe|
|DH Vampire T.11||WZ515||Royal Air Force|
|Gloster Meteor NF.14||WS832||Built by Armstrong Whitworth, last used at the Royal Aerospace Establishment Llandbedr, Wales|
|English Electric Canberra T.4||WE188||Royal Air Force|
|BAC Lightning F.53||ZF583||Former Royal Saudi Air Force painted in Royal Air Force markings.|
|Hawker Hunter F.51||XG190||Former Royal Danish Air Force aircraft painted to represent an aircraft of the Empire Test Pilot's School|
|McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2||XV406||Royal Air Force, formerly a gate guard at 14 MU RAF Carlisle|
|Percival Sea Prince T.1||WP314||Royal Navy|
|Sikorsky Whirlwind HAR.21||WV198||Royal Navy|