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Lashenden Air Warfare Museum
Focke-Achgelis Fa 330A.
Focke-Achgelis Fa 330A - Wikimedia Commons

Lashenden Air Warfare Museum is located at Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent.

The museum exhibits include a Focke-Achgelis Fa 330A-1 gyro-kite which was towed behind German U-boats during World War II to allow a lookout to see farther, a Fieseler Fi 103 which was a manned version of the V-1 flying bomb, and a Pickett-Hamilton Fort, a pop-up pillbox from WWII.

Lashenden Air Warfare Museum Map

History
Lashensen Aerodrome was used for general aviation in 1927 but following the outbreak of World War II, the airfield was requisitioned and prepared for operational service. It was origianally designated as a light bomber base and two runways were laid.

In 1943, for a short time, 127 Wing Royal Canadian Air Force, under the command of Wing Commander 'Johnny Johnson', flew Spitfire IXb aircraft out of the airfield. The airfield was then passed over to the United States 9th Air Force for upgrading.

At the end of the war the airfield was closed and handed back to the owners being initially used for agriculture. With the resurgence of interest in civil aviation in the 1950's, the airfield was re-opened as a base for private aviation and has been thriving ever since.

The airfield is now home to several flying schools, a helicopter flying school, a parachute club, a model flying club, a Air Training Corps unit & a balloon flight company.

Lashenden Air Warfare Museum Address & Travel
Lashenden Air Warfare Museum
Headcorn Aerodrome
Headcorn
Ashford
Kent
TN27 9HX
Telephone: 01622 631799 - 890226
Email: lashendenairwar@gmail.com

Car:
The museum is situated on the A274, one mile from the the village of Headcorn, nine miles from Maidstone, Tenterden, Ashford & junction 8 of the M20. The satnav postcode is TN27 9HX. It is situated adjacent to the main (green/blue) hangar.

From Ashford take the A28 to its junction with the A274 (signposted Biddenden & Headcorn) after leaving Biddenden the airfield will be on the right (aproximately 3 miles), follow the brown tourist signs.

From junction 8 of the M20 take the B2163 to its junction with the A274 at the Plough pub. Turn left on to the A274 towards Tenterden after passing through Headcorn Village, the airfield will be on your left, follow the brown tourist signs.

The FREE car park is situated approximately 300 metres down the road signposted to Smarden.

Rail:
The nearest station is Headcorn, 1.5 miles from the museum (Taxi available from the station).

Bus:
Service 12 buses from Maidstone terminate at Headcorn railway station (Taxi available from the station).

How much does it cost?
It is free admission and free parking. A donation is suggested to help keep the museum running.

What are the Opening Hours?
March & April Sundays & Bank Holidays:
10.30am to 6pm.

May to end of September Weekends & Bank Holidays:
10.30am to 6pm.

October Sundays only:
10.30am to 6pm.

November & December Sundays only:
10.30am to 4pm.

For more information then visit the
Lashenden Air Warfare Museum official website.


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Local hotels for the Lashenden Air Warfare Museum.




Museum Aircraft




Lashenden Air Warfare Museum Photograph:

Lashenden Air Warfare Museumn.
Lashenden Air Warfare Museum - Wikimedia Commons


Museum Aircraft:
Fieseler Fi 103R4 Piloted V1 Flying Bomb
Focke Achgelis Fa 330A-1
English Electric (BAC) Lightning F53 Nose
F100F Super Sabre (on loan)
Dassault Mystere IV (on loan)

There is also a Pickett Hamilton Airfield Defence Fort, and aircraft wreckages.

The museum holds over 200 British, German & American uniforms & flying suits most of which have been donated by their owners with full history.