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Never Too Old to Fly Again

Group Captain Eric Barwell, now 93 years old and a Battle of Britain pilot whose WW2 flying career included Hurricanes, Defiants, Blenheims, Beaufighters and Mosquitos attended with his nephew John Barwell – himself an ex Meteor pilot and Boscombe Down test pilot. Eric, now with failing eyesight, gamely flew the Museum’s flight simulator and confessed that it was over 60 years since he had last flown as Pilot in Charge, that last flight being a Mosquito. He showed such promise that he was awarded a ‘Future Pilot’ badge and our picture shows him sporting it!

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A Successful Family Day

On Sunday 6 August, the Museum held a very successful ‘family fun day’ that attracted almost 1,300 visitors.

There was much on offer for the…

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Polish and Czech Pilot Exhibition Opens

An exhibition on the Polish and Czech Pilots in the Second World War, curated by David Coxon, the Museum’s Deputy Director, has recently opened…

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Museum Passes Annual Quality Assurance Appraisal

Following our annual appraisal by a VisitEngland assessor on Thursday 15 April, we are pleased to announce that the Museum has been accredited as a…

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Rare Trolley Accumulator Renovated

In 2016 the Museum was donated a rare early model of a Trolley Accumulator (trolley-acc) used in the Second World War to turn over…

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