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Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum.
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum - Wikimedia Commons

The Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum is at the former RAF Dumfries which is located two miles north-east of the centre of Dumfries in Scotland.

The old RAF Dumfries Control Tower is now home to the museum which displays aero engines and artifacts. The museum's civilian & military aircraft are placed outside.

Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum Map

History
RAF Dumfries was a former Royal Air Force station and the airfield opened on 17 June 1940. It was home to No.18 Maintenance Unit, and also used for training bomb-aimers and navigators.

After the war the airfield was a training station for national service recruits to the Royal Air Force Regiment. In the late 1950s it was placed under care and maintenance until the site was sold to a private company in 1960.

The museum was founded in 1977 by the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Group.

Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum Address & Travel
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum
Former Control Tower
Heathhall Industiral Estate
Dumfries
DG1 3PH
Telephone: 01387 251 623

Car:
The Museum is located on the site of the former RAF Dumfries airbase in Heathhall, Dumfries, and is three miles from Dumfries town centre.

From the junction of the A75 with the A701, head north on the A701 for about 0.5 miles. At the roundabout with the Tinwald Downs Road, turn right onto Tinwald Downs Road. Follow the Tinwald Downs Road for about 1 mile until you reach the museum on your left. The satnav postcode is DG1 3PH.

Public Transport:
Take the number 2 bus from Dumfries town centre to Heathhall. Alight at the junction of Tinwald Downs Road and Downs Way. The museum is a 10-15 minute walk further along Tinwald Downs Road.

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

What are the Opening Hours?
April (or Easter weekend if earlier) to October:
Wednesday, 11am to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm

July and August:
Wednesday-Thursday-Friday, 11am to 4pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm

For more information then visit the
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum official website.


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Local hotels for the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum.




Museum Aircraft




Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum Photograph:

Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum.
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum - Wikimedia Commons


Museum Aircraft:
Blackburn Buccaneer S.2b (XT280)
English Electric Canberra T4 (WJ880)
Dassault Mystere IVA (8-NY)
North American F-100 Super Sabre (54-2613)
General Dynamics F-111E escape capsule (68-060)
Fairey Gannet AEW.3 (XL497)
Hawker Hunter F4 (WT746)
Jet Provost T4 (XP557)
Handley Page Jetstream T2 (XX483)
English Electric Lightning F53 (ZF584)
Lockheed TF-80C / T-33A (5-3047)
Gloster Meteor T7 hybrid (WL375)
Saab Draken 16/40 (35075)
Spitfire Mk.IIa (P7540)
Bristol 171 mk 111 Sycamore (WA576)
Hawker Siddeley Trident 3B (G-AWZJ)
Wessex HU.5 (XT486)

The Control Tower is a very rare surviving example of a WW2 RAF control tower. It is home to the majority of the museum's collection of smaller artefacts and memorabilia. Items on display range from aero engines and aircraft armaments to letters and other personal items.

The top floor of the tower features a large room laid out as a control room - as it would have been during World War 2. The windows of the control room offer a clear view across what was once the RAF Dumfries airfield and the furniture and equipment on display are typical of the period.

The Control Tower is a three-storey free-standing building of precast concrete built in 1940. Because of its rarity and history, the building was listed as an historic building by Historic Scotland in 2006.

The museum's collection includes a display dedicated to the Parachute Regiment & Airborne Forces.