Late in 1972, a few local enthusiasts met and
decided that steps should be taken to record something of the history of
aviation in the Eastern counties, and preserve aircraft and artefacts. A
society was formed early the following year and activities commenced; a Nissen
hut behind the Flixton post office soon became the base. In May 1976, the
(now) museum was officially opened by the late Wing Commander Ken Wallis who
went on to become President.
A larger building was soon required for the growing collection and efforts to
find a suitable site on or around the Bungay/Flixton airfield were rewarded when
a barn next to the Flixton Buck Inn was offered, along with the use of a meadow
for aircraft. When further expansion needs arose they were met with the
purchase in 1984 of almost 8 acres of land from the owners of the Buck Inn, and
work commenced on sourcing and erecting buildings and a hangar. The barn
was eventually vacated in 1990.
The theme of the collection has grown from 1) the occupation of the airfield
by the 446th Bomb Group USAAF, followed briefly by the Fleet Air Arm and then
the Royal Air Force, and 2) aviation in the East of England. These broad
headings have permitted a very varied collection of aircraft and artefacts to be
gathered and displayed, and virtually everything has been donated by visitors.
The collection continues to grow and when appropriate a new building is
erected, although unused space is becoming scarce owing to the need to provide
for car parking.