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Wattisham Station Heritage
Wattisham Station Heritage.
Hawker Hunter XG194

The Wattisham Station Heritage is located at Wattisham Flying Station, Ipswich in Suffolk.

The aim of the museum is to preserve and to exhibit the long and distinguished history of Wattisham Flying Station, formerly RAF Wattisham, and to inform and educate future generations.

Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Map

History
Wattisham Station Heritage is located at Wattisham Flying Station in Suffolk. The museum was opened in November 1991 and is housed in the former station chapel St Pauls which was originally erected in 1943 by the United States Army Air Force.

During the Cold War RAF Wattisham was a major front line fighter base operating aircraft such as the Gloster meteor, Hawker Hunter, EE Lightning, and Phantom. RAF Wattisham operated Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) sheds where live armed fighter aircraft were on standby at all times to intercept the enemy.

In 1993, after the Cold War, RAF Wattisham closed and is now operated by the British Army who fly WAH-64 Apache attack helicopters.

Wattisham Station Heritage Address & Travel
Wattisham Station Heritage
Force Headquarters
Wattisham Flying Station
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP7 7RA
Telephone: 07955 773113

Car:
Wattisham Station Heritage is located at Wattisham Flying Station, Ipswich, Suffolk. The satnav postcode is IP7 7RA.

When you arrive at the main gate you will be issued with your passes before being allowed on to the base. You will then be directed to the museum where the volunteer staff will greet you and tell you about the layout of the museum.

You will also be invited to visit the restoration workshops where you can see the aircraft which are located in a Hardened Aircraft Shelter (HAS). You will be escorted in your own vehicle as the HAS is at a separate location of the base and will be escorted back to the museum.

How much does it cost?
There is no entry fee but the museum survives only on visitor donations. See the official website for the suggested donation.

What are the Opening Hours?
Open on Sundays during April to October. Please see the official museum website for opening hours.

For more information then visit the
Wattisham Station Heritage official website.


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Local hotels for the Wattisham Station Heritage.


Museum Aircraft




Wattisham Station Heritage Photograph:

Hawker Hunter XG194.
Hawker Hunter XG194


Museum Aircraft:
Hawker Hunter (XG194)
McDonnell-Douglas Phantom (XT914)
English Electric Lightning cockpit (XP743)
Westland Lynx Mk.7 (XZ605)
Westland Scout AH.1 (XT617)
Aerospatiale Gazelle (XX444)

The museum houses an extensive photographic record, artifacts, uniforms, equipment, and memorabilia which are related to Wattisham.

The Heritage workshop is located within a former Cold War Hardened Aircraft Shelter (HAS) and is used for refurbishing the museum's historic aircraft.