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Boscombe Down Aviation Collection
Old Sarum Airfield.
Old Sarum Airfield - Wikimedia Commons

The Boscombe Down Aviation Collection is located at Old Sarum Airfield in Wiltshire.

The museum tells the history of Boscombe Down and explains the place it has in the history of flight and flight test.

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Map

History
The Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) was formally opened in April 1999 at Boscombe Down but was moved to Old Sarum Airfield and opened to the public in July 2012.

The collection is based on the aircraft, vehicles and artifacts associated with the Boscombe Down site, and its history of flight and flight test.

The site, formerly known as RAF Boscombe Down, has evaluated aircraft for the British armed forces since 1939.

Today, MoD Boscombe Down is still an aircraft testing site and has two runways of 10,538ft and 6,280ft. It is run and managed by QinetiQ and is the home of the Empire Test Pilots School. In October 2007 it was announced that Boscombe Down would become a Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) airfield from early 2008, offering round-the-clock fighter coverage for the South and South West of UK airspace.

In 1994, Boscombe Down was associated with rumours concerning U.S. black projects after an unusual aircraft allegedly crash-landed at the site and the SAS were scrambled to set up a perimeter around the air base.

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Address & Travel
Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Ltd
Hangar 1 South
Old Sarum Airfield
Old Sarum
Salisbury
SP4 6DZ
Telephone: 01722 323636

Car:
The museum is located in Hangar 1 South, at Old Sarum Airfield, in Wiltshire, and is just off the A345 which is 5 miles from Amesbury and 2 miles north of Salisbury. The satnav postcode is SP4 6DZ.

Note - The museum is NOT on the MOD Boscombe Down Airfield.

How much does it cost?
The admission fee can be found on the official website.

What are the Opening Hours?
Winter Opening:
From October 31st 2016 until February 12th 2017:
Open 2 days a week, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.
Please note the museum is not open during the week or on the 24th, 25th, 26th December and 1st January.

Summer Opening:
From February 13th until October 30th 2017:
The museum is open 6 days a week Tuesday through Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 10am to 5pm.
Please note, the museum is not normally open on Mondays.

For more information then visit the
Boscombe Down Aviation Collection official website.


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Local hotels for the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection
Local hotels for the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection.


Museum Aircraft




Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Photograph:

Vulcan XH558 at Boscombe Down.
Vulcan XH558 at Boscombe Down


Museum Aircraft:
Canberra B2 modified cockpit (WH876)
Canberra T4 cockpit (WJ865)
Meteor Mk D16 / U16 (WK800)
Hawker Hunter F2 cockpit (WN890)
Hawker Hunter F1 cockpit (WT648)
Scimitar Supermarine 544 cockpit (WT859)
Sea Hawk cockpit (WV910)
Swift Supermarine F7 cockpit (XF113)
Hawker Hunter F6A (XF375)
Hawker Hunter F6 cockpit (XG290)
Sea Vixen FAW1 nose section (XJ476)
Jet Provost T3 cockpit (XN503)
Lightning F2A cockpit (XN726)
Jet Provost T4 - no engine (XR650)
Jet Provost T4P/5 cockpit (XS231)
Harrier GR3 cockpit (XV784)
Jaguar S06 cockpit (XW560)
Hawk T1 modified cockpit (XX343)
Jaguar GR1 (XX734)
Jaguar cockpit (XX761)
Sea Harrier FA2 (XZ457)
Tornado F2 cockpit (ZD936)
BE2b replica (2783)
Banshee 400 3150 target drone
Jindivik 103A target drone (A92-466)
Slingsby T21A Sedbergh glider (BGA1085)
Auster D5 (MS968)
Chipmunk (WD321)
Sycamore HR14 airframe (XJ380)
DH Comet C2 nose section (XK699)
Scout AH1 (XP899)
Wasp HAS1 (XT437)
Andover cockpit (XS790)
BAC 1-11 passenger cabin (XX919)
MATS-B Mk1A target drone (ZA220)
Link D4 Trainer

A number of aircraft that are still in use at Old Sarum are hangared in the northeast of the museum complex.

There are also aero engines, weapons and models at the museum.

To celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Boscombe Down in 2007, members of the BDAC built a full scale replica BE2b which was the first aircraft to land on Boscombe Down Airfield on November 1917. After 5 years of hard work by a team of 5 volunteers plus some outside help the result was 2783.