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Museum sections

The museum exhibits are arranged in a number of sections. These can be visited in any order as desired.

Inside 446 BG building
Inside 446 BG building

446 BG

The 446 BG building contains memorabilia from the longest-term resident of the Flixton airfield close by, including aircraft components and equipment, uniforms, personal effects and digitised images.  A recent addition is a collection of U.S. personnel-inscribed bricks from a wall of the old Ditchingham Maltings (recently demolished), which was the base (Q104) of 2212 Quartermaster Truck Company Aviation USAAF in 1944.

Bomber Command building
Bomber Command building

RAF Bomber Command

The building contains large components from a 9 Squadron Wellington bomber, recovered from its crash site, a mock-up Lancaster forward fuselage used in the film "Dambusters", plus numerous and impressive displays of aircraft instruments and equipment, uniforms, personal effects, and model aircraft.

Inside the Air Sea Rescue building
Inside the Air Sea Rescue building

RAF Coastal Command & Air-Sea Rescue

 This building contains pictures and models of aircraft that served in Coastal Command, plus a large collection of high-speed launch models, uniforms and equipment used by the RAF Air-Sea Rescue service, along with a large display of photographic images.

External exhibits outside the gateExternal exhibits inside the gate

External exhibits

Most of the larger aircraft are displayed outdoors, and include several early RAF and Royal Navy jets, V-Bomber cockpits, and foreign aircraft (such as MiG-15 and Pucara), plus relics recovered from the sea and “digs”.  

Flight training area 

Flight Training area

This contains two working Link Trainers, a static example and another modified to take a computer based MS Flight Simulator system, plus a wheelchair-accessible flightdeck with MS Flight Simulator system.  Also in the area is a large collection of valves, gun sights, models, two target drones, cut-away components, pictures and signs from RAF Coltishall and RAF Marham, plus a Virtual Radar system.

Hangar 1
Hangar 1

Hangar 1

This extended Blister Hangar is home to fighter aircraft such as the EE Lightning, Sea Harrier, and Spitfire, plus Piston Provost and Vampire training aircraft, early gliders, several microlights, a large amount of Luftwaffe “wreckology”, ejector seat and aircraft engine displays, several model aircraft collections, and our popular “NAAFI” for light refreshments.  Fundraising Bricabrac & Collectors’ sales stalls are nearby.  There are numerous station boards to be seen, plus a gallery of oil paintings of aircraft by local member John Constable Reeve.

Hangar 2
Hangar 2

Boulton & Paul hangar

This Boulton & Paul Hangar of 1937 includes examples of Whirlwind, Widgeon and Sycamore helicopters, a U.S. Civil Air Patrol Fairchild F.24 of WWII, the nose of a WWI Felixstowe F5 flying boat and a 5/8ths scale replica Fokker D.VIII German WWI fighter, several early gliders including a replica Colditz Cock, an Avro Anson, Luton Major and Flying Flea, the unique Goldfinch Amphibian, a large collection of radio equipment, plus photographs of Boulton & Paul aircraft.  There are extensive cabinet displays, including Civil Air Patrol, Berlin Airlift, Airborne Forces and other uniforms and equipment.  An extension forms a workshop, with restoration projects on view.

Ken Wallis Hall

Ken Wallis Hall

Built in honour of our President from 1976-2013, the Ken Wallis Hall contains our Stearman, two autogyros and more microlights, an RAF Airborne Lifeboat, plus several military vehicles including a 1942 Morris Armoured Reconnaissance Car in a RAF Regiment markings.  A Redifon Simulator is under restoration.

USAAF MemorialStatue of an airman

Memorials

Near to the 446 BG building there are three memorials: one to 446 BG personnel, another to 2nd Air Division USAAF personnel, and a metal statue in memory of British and Allied pilots lost in WWII.  The area is fronted by a small memorial garden.  A marble memorial dedicated to 446 BG personnel is also to be found on the edge of the airfield beyond Flixton village - very little survives of the airfield infrastructure, which was also home to units of the Fleet Air Arm (briefly) and RAF. 

Room 1 
Anderson Shelter

Rooms behind the shop

There are five display areas behind the well-stocked shop which contain a very wide variety of exhibits including an Anderson Shelter, 1940s cottage interior, a 1960s modeller’s room, exhibitions on RAF Decoy Crews and sites used in World War II, Civil Defence and the Home Front, plus WWI exhibits, airborne weapons, model aircraft, a display of airscrews (propellers), uniforms and personal effects.

Royal Observer Corps building 
Royal Observer Corps building

Royal Observer Corps

The Royal Observer Corps building contains a mock-up underground control room/bunker, examples of ROC equipment and uniforms, and other memorabilia.

   
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