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  Norfolk and Suffolk aviation museum
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Text:

Urs Schnyder

Pictures:

Urs Schnyder

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Norfolk and Suffolk aviation museum
The Street
Flixton, Bungay, NR35 1NZ
Sun to Tur.  10^'00 -17'00 h
https://www.aviationmuseum.net/index.html
Tel.: +66 (0)1986 896644

The museum was first opened to the public at the present site in April 1975. It is one of the few museums that doesn’t charge any entrance fee but only depends on donations. It is completely run by volunteers. From 1976 to 2013 the well know wing commander Ken Wallis was the president of the museum. Best known for his autogiro Little Nellie of James Bond fame, he also has a lot of other aviation achievements to his credit.

The museum is a bit hidden behind a pub, so you have to take care, not to miss the signs directing you to it. For further information please visit the museums comprehensive website at

 https://www.aviationmuseum.net/index.html

Outside display

All the bigger airframes and some cockpits are displayed outside in the meadow. Despite them being exposed to the elements, their condition is quite good without the usual green algae that is so often seen on aircraft left outside. They are placed a manner that facilitates photography.

   
North American F-100D Super Sabre (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder) Lockheed T.33A (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder) Westland Whirlwind HAR.10 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder) Gloster Meteor F(TT).8 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)
   

Dassault MD-452 Mystere IVA (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

De HAVILLAND Sea Vixen FAW.1 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Gloster Javelin FAW.9R (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Bristol Bloodhound Mk.I  S.A.M. Missile (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

   

North American T-28C Trojan (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

FMA 1A-58 Pucara Toto Juan (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

VICKERS VALETTA C.2 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

   

Percival Sea Prince T.1 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Fokker F.27 200 Eric Gander Dower (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Hunting Jet Provost T.3A (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Hawker Hunter FGA.9 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

 

Hawker Hunter FGA.9 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

English Electric Canberra B.2/6 and B(I).8 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

English Electric Canberra T.4 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Avro Vulcan B.2 nose (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Inside

As in most museums, covered space is at a premium. For this reason, some of the exhibits are rather tightly packed close together to make most use of the area. The exhibits are grouped into themed sections that are housed in three bigger halls and some smaller huts.

There is Hangar 1 that has the biggest area and contains aircraft like the English Electric Lightning F1 or the BAE Sea Harrier FA.2.

Behind Hangar 1 is the Boulton Paul Hall with aircraft like the Avro Anson or the Bristol Sycamore. Both of these are connected by the Flight training area that contains two operational link trainers and the Ken Wallis Hall that contain aircraft like the Stearman and the Boulton Paul P6 replica. Unfortunately, the Wallis autogiro and the Wallbro monplane replica, both built by Ken Wallis were removed by his Family after his death.

There are further themed exhibitions about the 446 Bomb Group that was a resident of the Flixton airfield during the war. There are other exhibits concerning Bomber, Coastal Command, Sir Sea Rescue and the Observer Corps.

There is also a museum shop and a NAAFI area that offers light snacks and beverages.

 

446th Bomb Group USAAF (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

De Havilland Vampire T.11(Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Percival Provost T.1 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

BAe Sea Harrier FA.2 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

   

ENGLISH ELECTRIC Lightning DB/F1 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Hawker Hunter "T.12" and Hawker Sea Hawk FGA.6 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Engines (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Ken Wallis Hall

 

Folland Gnat T.1 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Airborne lifeboat (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Boulton & Paul P.6 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Lovegrove Autogyro Trainer and Lovegrove Autogyro (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

     

Bieing Stearman PT-27 Kayder (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

2 Link Trainers (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Flight training / Boulton Paul Hall

 

Avro Anson C.19/2 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Felixstowe F.5 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Fairchild F.24 C8F and Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Bristol Sycamore HR.14 cockpit (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

     

Bristol Sycamore HR.14 and Bygraes / Tailor J.T.2 Titch (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

Boulton & Paul Overstrand (Picture courtesy Urs Schnyder)

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last update 1. May 2019

Written 27. April 2019

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