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Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets Collection Photograph:

Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets Collection.
Cold War Jets Collection Lightning F6 XR728















Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets Collection
Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets Collection Lightning F6 XS904.
Cold War Jets Collection Lightning F6 XS904

Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, in Leicestershire, includes a Cold War jet-aircraft museum with about twenty aircraft from that era.

The museum holds two 'Open Days' each year when they demonstrate fast taxi and take-off runs on the 9,843ft asphalt runway.

Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets Collection Map

History
Bruntingthorpe airfield was constructed in 1942, for heavy bombers during World War II, and was later used extensively by Sir Frank Whittle's Powerjets company for early test and development activity on jet engined aircraft. In 1954 a new airfield was constructed for the US Air Force and used as a strategic heavy nuclear bomber base (code-named 'Big Thunder') until 1962.

The site was once again used by the Royal Air Force in the 1960s before it became privately owned by the Rootes Group, and subsequently Chrysler & Peugeot, and used for high-performance car testing, and vehicle storage.

Today, Bruntingthorpe is owned by C. Walton Ltd who purchased the site in 1983 and have set up a diverse, yet complementary group of businesses including vehicle testing, vehicle storage and refurbishment as well as events and corporate hospitality.

The museum has about twenty aircraft from the Cold War period and holds two 'Open Days' each year when they demonstrate fast taxi and take-off runs on the 9,843ft asphalt runway.

In 1997, an ex-Air France Boeing 747-100 was used by the Federal Aviation Administration of the USA and the Civil Aviation Authority to conduct a test to study the effects of a terrorist planted bomb explosion on board a wide-body aircraft such as had happened over Lockerbie.

Avro Vulcan (XH558), the last flying Vulcan bomber was restored to airworthy condition over a period of eight years and its first post-restoration flight was from Bruntingthorpe on 18 October 2007. The Vulcan left Bruntingthorpe at the beginning of the 2008 flying display season and is now grounded and permanently based at Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster, formerly RAF Finningley 'V Bomber' base.

In March 2013, the last RAF Lockheed TriStars were retired into the aerodrome. GJD Services have been keeping the six aircraft under a storage and maintenance programme. They have been bought by AGD Systems Corp and will be available for use by NATO, the RAF and the USAF. The last VC-10 to fly (ZA147) is currently at Bruntingthorpe but its future is unknown.

Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets Collection & Travel
Bruntingthorpe
Lutterworth
Leicestershire
LE17 5QS
Telephone: 0116 247 8000

Car:
If you have a Sat Nav, please enter Bath Lane, LE17 5QS, Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire.

From the North, South and West via the M1:
Leave the M1 motorway at Junction 20 (Lutterworth / Market Harborough), Take the A4304 towards Husbands Bosworth, Continue on the A4304 until you enter North Kilworth, Turn LEFT in North Kilworth onto the B5414 to Leicester for 2.4 miles, At the T Junction turn LEFT onto the A5199 towards Leicester for 2.5 miles, At the Crossroads turn LEFT onto Bruntingthorpe Road for 1 mile, The Proving Ground entrance is on your left hand side.
From the South and East via A14:
Leave the A14 at Junction 1, Take the A5199 north towards Husbands Bosworth, Go STRAIGHT over the crossroads at Husbands Bosworth towards Leicester, At the Crossroads turn LEFT onto Bruntingthorpe Road for 1 mile, The Proving Ground entrance is on your left hand side.
From the East via Market Harborough:
Leave Market Harborough on the A4304 towards Husbands Bosworth, Turn RIGHT at the crossroads in Husbands Bosworth onto the A5199 to Leicester, At the Crossroads turn LEFT onto Bruntingthorpe Road for 1 mile, The Proving Ground entrance is on your left hand side.

How much does it cost?
The Aircraft Museum is open to the public every Sunday between 10am and 4pm. The entry fee is £5.00 per adult (accompanied children are free of charge). Please check for updated information on the official website. There are also a couple of 'Open Days' each year where you can see the aircraft demonstrate fast taxi and take-off runs.

For more information then visit the
Bruntingthorpe official website.


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Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets Collection Photograph:

Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets Collection.
Cold War Jets Collection Handley Page Victor XM715


Aircraft Collection - taxiable condition:
English Electric Lightnings F.6 (XR728)
English Electric Lightnings F.6 (XS904)
Handley Page Victor, (XM715)
BAe Nimrod (XV226)
Hawker Hunter T.7 (XL565)
Hunting Percival Jet Provost (XN542)
Hunting Percival Jet Provost (XN584)
Hunting Percival Jet Provost (XM365)
Hunting Percival Jet Provost (XP672)
Blackburn Buccaneer (XW544)
Blackburn Buccaneer (XX894)
Blackburn Buccaneer (XX900)
English Electric Canberra (WT333)
Vickers VC10 (ZD241)
Being restored to taxiable condition:
Panavia Tornado (ZA326)
de Havilland Sea Vixen (XJ494)
Hawker Hunter GA.11 (WT806)
Lockheed F-104G Starfighter (22+35)
De Havilland Comet (XS235)
SEPECAT Jaguar T2 (XX145)


Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets Collection Photograph:

Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets Collection.
Cold War Jets Collection Lightning F6 XS904


Static or Stored Aircraft at Bruntingthorpe:
Aero Spacelines Super Guppy
Dassault Mystere
SEPECAT Jaguar (XZ382)
Avro Shackleton (WR974)
RAF Lockheed TriStars (stored)
VC-10 (ZA147)
ex-Air France Boeing 747-100 (explosion test)

Beech Restorations:
Beechcraft Model 18 (G-BKRN)
North American T-6 Texan (G-TOMC)
North American T-6 Texan (G-CCPM)
Fairey Battle
Cessna 120

Museum Photographs August 2014
Museum Photographs May 2014
Museum Photographs 2004
Museum Photographs 2003