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Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre
Newquay Airport.
Newquay Airport - Wikimedia Commons

The Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre is located at Newquay Cornwall Airport which is 4.6 miles northeast of Newquay on Cornwall's north coast.

The collection of classic aircraft is situated next to RAF St Mawgan. There are indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as a 1950s style cafe, a gift shop and a picnic area.

Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre Map

History
The Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre is located at Newquay Cornwall Airport and also next to RAF St Mawgan.

RAF St Mawgan used to be the home of the Joint Maritime Facility, commissioned in August 1995, a command for undersea tracking operated by the Royal Navy and United States Navy. Nuclear weapons (primarily B57 nuclear bombs) intended for anti-submarine use by the US Navy P-3 Orion, Royal Air Force Nimrod and former Dutch Navy P-3 Orion aircraft, were stored at the Naval Aviation Weapons Facility, situated at the west end of the airbase.

In December 2008 the airfield part of the camp closed but the RAF still remain on a reduced area. Cornwall Airport Newquay was handed the 9,000ft runway and they expanded the airport. The Cornwall Air Ambulance is also based at the airport.

In August 2011 the UK government announced that the airport's bid to host an enterprise zone for aerospace businesses had been successful. The Aerohub enterprise zone was launched in April 2012 and it was agreed to fund the construction of a six million pound Aerohub Business Park.

Organisations attracted to Aerohub by 2014 included 'Classic Air Force', who were also based at Coventry Airport, and included a variety of different aircraft including the only flying Gloster Meteor T7. Classic Air Force operated a museum in Hangar 404, which was previously used to service the Hawker Siddeley Nimrods of RAF St Mawgan. In the summer of 2015 it was announced that the founder Mike Collett was to retire and that classic air force would be closed down with the sale of all of the trust's aircraft and facilities by the early months of 2016.

Today, the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre has a museum at the airport where you can actually sit in the cockpits of iconic jet fighters.

Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre Address & Travel
Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre
HAS 3
Aerohub 2
Newquay
Cornwall
TR8 4JN
Telephone: 01637 861962

Car:
Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre is 4.6 miles northeast of Newquay on Cornwall's north coast. Follow signs for RAF St Mawgan or Treloy Camp Site. The satnav postcode is TR8 4HP.

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

What are the Opening Hours?
For opening hours please check the official website.

For more information then visit the
Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre official website.


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Local hotels for the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre.


Museum Aircraft




Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre Photograph:

Newquay Airport.
Newquay Airport - Wikimedia Commons


Museum Aircraft:
English Electric Canberra T4 (WJ874)
de Havilland Sea Devon (XK895 / G-SDEV)
Hawker GA11 Hunter
Hawker Hunter T8
Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3 (XV753)
British Aircraft Corporation 1-11
Vickers VC-10 K3
Vickers Varsity (WJ945)

Many of the aircraft are accessible, inside and out, and the friendly staff and volunteers love nothing better than telling you all about the exhibits.

There is also a 1950s style cafe, a gift shop and a picnic area.