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Fleet Air Arm Museum.
Fleet Air Arm Museum - Wikimedia Commons




Fleet Air Arm Museum
Fleet Air Arm Museum.
Fleet Air Arm Museum - Wikimedia Commons

The Fleet Air Arm Museum is located at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset. The museum represents the flying arm of the Royal Navy.

With four exhibition halls, over ninety aircraft and over 2 million records and 30 thousand artefacts the Museum is Europe's largest naval aviation Museum. In addition it houses the first British Concorde which you can go on board, view the cockpit and visit the award winning Aircraft Carrier Experience.

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History
The Fleet Air Arm Museum is located in RNAS Yeovilton, an airfield of the Royal Navy and British Army, sited a few miles north of Yeovil in Somerset.

RNAS Yeovilton is home to the Fleet Air Arm's helicopters that deploy aboard the Royal Navy's ships. The history of RNAS Yeovilton and operational squadrons can be found here.

Yeovilton hosts a popular Air Day every July which attracts about 35,000 visitors, and includes significant UK/Foreign military participation and support from the world's leading aerospace companies.

The Fleet Air Arm Museum has been actively collecting aircraft relevant to the story of Royal Naval Aviation since the Museum opened in 1964. Today the collection stands at 102 airframes that span the history of naval aviation from 1909 to the present day. The collection also houses Concorde 002, the first British prototype Concorde to fly. Concorde 002 has been configured on display to allow visitors to go on-board and walk through the inside of the aircraft. Within the collection there are 21 aircraft types that are totally unique in existence, and cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.

Not all of the aircraft are on display at one time and so the collection is split between those on display in the main museum exhibition halls, and those located in the near-by reserve collection storage hangar, situated near to the Museum. However, the museum exhibition and engineering teams aim to rotate the aircraft on display as frequently as time and exhibition programmes allow, so there is always an interesting, special and rare selection of aircraft to admire on display.

Fleet Air Arm Museum Address & Travel
Fleet Air Arm Museum
RNAS Yeovilton
Ilchester
Somerset
BA22 8HT
Telephone: 01935 840565
Email: Fleetairarm.enquiries@nmrn.org.uk

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The museum is at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton which is also known as HMS Heron, in Somerset. The satnav postcode is BA22 8HW.

The Museum is located on the B3151 just off the A303 and A37. It is accessible from the M5 motorway, junction 25 at Taunton.

Yeovilton is situated some seven miles north of Yeovil, forty miles south of Bristol, thirty miles north of Weymouth and thirty miles south east of Weston-super-Mare.

Public Transport:
The Museum is accessible via rail and public transport:-

Visitors are advised to access mainline routes to Yeovil Pen Mill, Yeovil Junction or Castle Cary stations. A round trip from Yeovil Pen Mill station by taxi should cost around £35 - £40.

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

What are the Opening Hours?
The Museum is open all year round, apart from Mondays and Tuesdays in the Winter Season when it is closed. The museum is also closed on 24/25/26 December.
1 April to 31 October:
10am to 5.30pm [Everyday]

1 November to 31 March:
10am to 4.30pm [Wed to Sun]
CLOSED Mondays and Tuesdays except during Somerset school holidays.

For more information then visit the
Fleet Air Arm Museum official website.


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Museum Aircraft




Fleet Air Arm Museum Photograph:

Fleet Air Arm Museum.
Fleet Air Arm Museum - Wikimedia Commons


Museum Aircraft:
Hall 1:
Short S.27 replica
Short 184 (8359)
Sopwith Pup replica (N6452)
Supermarine Walrus (L2301)
Westland Dragonfly HR5 (VX595)
Westland Whirlwind HAR3 (XG574)
Westland Wessex HU5 (XS508)
Westland Sea King HAS6 (XV663)

Hall 2:
Fairey Albacore (N4389 N4172)
Fairey Firefly TT1 (Z2033)
Fairey Fulmar (N1854)
North American Harvard III (EX976)
Grumman Hellcat (KE209)
Supermarine Seafire F17 (SX137)
Hawker Sea Fury FB11 (WJ231)
Grumman Avenger (ECM6B XB446)
Grumman Martlet (AL246)
Vought Corsair (KD431)
Yokosuka MXY7 Ohka II (BAPC 58)
Mikoyan MiG 15

Hall 3:
Fairey Gannet AEW3 (XL503/070/3)
Vickers Supermarine Scimitar F1 (XD317/112/R)
de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW2 (XS590/131/E)
Vickers Supermarine Attacker F1 (WA473/102/J)
de Havilland Sea Vampire third prototype

Hall4:
BAC 221 (WG774)
BAC Concorde (G-BSST)
Sea Harrier FRS1 (XZ493)
ristol Scout D replica (N5419)
Handley Page HP.115 (XP980)
Hawker Hunter T8M
Hawker Siddeley P.1127
Westland Sea King HC4 (ZA298)
Westland Wyvern TF1 (VR137)
de Havilland Vampire T22 nose (XA127)

Reserve Collection:
Beech T-34C-1 Turbo-Mentor (0729)
Bell UH1H Iroquois (AE-422)
Bell Sioux AH.1 (XT176)
Bensen B.8M (G-AZAZ)
Blackburn NA.39 (XK488)
BAe Harrier GR.9A (ZD433)
BAe Sea Harrier
de Havilland Sea Venom FAW21 (WW138)
de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW1 (XJ481)
de Havilland Tiger Moth T2 (XL717)
de Havilland Sea Vampire T22 (XA129)
Douglas Skyraider AEW.1 (WV106)
Douglas Skyraider AEW.1 (WT121)
Fairey Albacore (N4389)
Fairey Barracuda II (DP872)
Fairey Barracuda II (LS931)
Fairey Firefly TT4 VH127)
Fairey Flycatcher replica (S1287)
Fairey Gannet AEW3 (XL503)
Gloster Meteor T7 (WS103)
Gloster Meteor TT20 (WM292)
Hawker P.1052 (VX272)
Hawker Sea Hawk FGA.6 (XE340)
Hawker Siddeley Harrier T.8N (ZB604)
Hiller HTE1 (XB480)
Hunting Jet Provost T3A (XN462)
Northrop Chukar (XW994)
Northrop Shelduck (XS574)
Percival Sea Prince T1 (WP313)
Saro P.531 (XN332)
Saro P.531 (XN334)
Sopwith Baby (N2078)
Sopwith Camel replica (B6401)
Sopwith Triplane replica (N5459)
Super Eagle Hang Glider 9 (G-BGWZ)
Supermarine 517 (VV106)
Westland Gazelle HT2 (XW864)
Westland Lynx HAS3 (XZ699)
Westland Lynx HAS3GMS (XZ720)
Westland Sea King HAS5 (XZ574)
Westland Wasp HAS1 (XS527)
Westland Wasp HAS1 (XT778)
Westland Wessex HU5 (XS508)
Westland Wessex HU5 (XT765)
Westland Whirlwind HAR1 (XA864)
Westland Whirlwind HAR3 (XG574)
Westland Whirlwind HAS7 (XG594)
Westland Whirlwind HAS7 (XL853)

The Reserve Collection includes a number of aircraft which are currently being restored and are not on display, although public access is allowed at least once a year. These are housed in Cobham Hall, a climate controlled building across the road from the museum.