Combining a large number of British machines with some truly unique exhibits from countries such as Sweden, America and even Russia, you are not short of interesting aircraft to admire.
Aircraft enthusiasts in the UK are well-served when it comes to museums, with plenty of national and private collections to visit. The largest collection of privately owned aircraft can be found in Newark, Nottinghamshire, a destination that we headed for last week eager to see the goodies on display.
If you are active on social media, you will be well-aware of the Newark Air Museum their Twitter feed in particular, being very active every day. Having seen the posts interacted with many of them and enjoyed both the aviation and modelling content therein, we were keen to visit the site in person. As it turned out, we were far from disappointed when rain clouds departed, grey skies turned blue and we were able to see not only the superb machines under cover, but those on display outside. In essence, the NAM is well-worth a visit!
Travelling to the museum from this part of the country is not that easy, the 90-odd miles that my sat-nav announced, feeling far further as main roads became more and more peppered with complex junctions and treks through towns I’d never visited before (yes, we got lost…twice). Once there, you become aware that the site itself forms party of a much larger plot of land, the majority of which is the county showground, host last weekend to a huge county show. It also shares space with a large and on the day busy car auction, trade at which seemed to be more than brisk!
Having arrived, I, along with my companion for the day and über talented modeller Haris Ali, headed though the model shop that forms the entry to survey the rest of the site, noting that we would take a closer look at the kits and other treasures within, as our visit came to an end…
The collection really is superb. Combining a large number of British machines with some truly unique exhibits from countries such as Sweden, America and even Russia, you are not short of interesting aircraft to admire. From a personal point of view I was delighted to find an F-100 that will now form part of my new Century Series book, as well as a Puma HC.1 that I hope will inspire me to finally build my Matchbox kit! I think that Haris was particularly taken with their Avro Anson, his Airfix kit awaiting his attention this year.
It’s not just the collection of physical exhibits that made out visit, memorable. First of the highlights was the new cafe that we decamped to as the heavens opened. Staffed by some wonderfully friendly ladies, the quality of the toasted cheese sandwich – that I simply couldn’t resist – was hard to beat. Similar thoughts were had about the volunteers that we met within and without the hangers, knowledgeable fellows that were all-too happy to discuss the exhibits with us. We couldn’t help but feel that this really made the visit, the cold nature of the aircraft being warmed by the volunteers. If you visit the museum, be sure to chat to them – you will not regret your decision to do so!
HERE ARE JUST SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR VISIT…
A QUICK LOOK AROUND HANGER 2…
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The Blister Javelin is a beast of an aeroplane. Compared to some of the exhibits around it just emphasis it’s size. I
I remember standing next to the one at Cosford once and the only thing I could think of was how the t-tail looked taller than a BAC 111 but i’m most probably wrong. It’s a idea philosophy of the cold war of course that also.includes the huge Thunderchief. Huge fighters that would take on the Russian bombers that were ranged against the West. Incredible to look at.
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