Newark Air Museum
Newark Air Museum is located to the north east of Newark adjacent to the Winthorpe Showground and is a short drive from the A46 Lincoln Exit from the A1. The site was formerly the World War two RAF Base RAF Winthorpe which closed at the end of the 1950's it's fate being sealed when two hundred acres of the former RAF Station were purchased by the Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society.
Having acquired land to house it's collection Newark Air Museum museum officially opened to the public on April 14th 1973.
Today Newark Air Museum houses an extensive collection of British and Foreign civilian and Military aircraft belonging to the era spanning 1950 to the mid 1980's.
The main collection of aircraft at Newark Air Museum are housed in two large hangers with an additional collection of mainly larger aircraft such as the Avro Vulcan, Avro Shackleton and the Handley Page Hastings are housed outside in the open. One of the main attractions at Newark Air museum is the Avro Vulcan B.2 XM594 aircraft which is sited towards the front of the museum and who's sheer size dominates this part of the aircraft museum. XM594 is owned by The Lincolnshire's Lancaster Association (LLA). The Vulcan Bomber is frequently opened up at the weekends and for a small fee visitors can climb aboard XM594 and view the cockpit and aircrew stations. Currently the only airworthy and fully operation Vulcan Bomber is XH558 which is operated by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust, sadly however it looks as if this aircrafts flying days are drawing to a close also due to lack of sponsorship.
Newark Air Museum is open 361 days a year and staffed by a team of highly trained and dedicated volunteers. The Air Museum is always on the look out for additional help with their restoration projects and so if you live in Newark or the surrounding area and would like to help why not become a member of the Newark Air Museum team. No previous experience is necessary as full training for the projects you will be involved in will be provided. In addition to the aircraft on display, Newark Air Museum is home to a large shop which has an extensive range of Souvenirs, aircraft books, model aircraft kits, stickers badges and the like. If you are an aircraft enthusiast Newark Air Museum is well worth a visit if only for the shop alone! The museum also operates a cafe with hot and cold food and drinks served at reasonable prices in a warm and comfortable environment. I have visited Newark Air Museum many times over the years and can recommend it as a great day out for all the family.