Carpetbagger Aviation Museum

Carpetbagger Aviation Museum
Sunnyvale Farm, off Lamport Road




01604 686608

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Displays and exhibits within the museum depict the history of the airfield and vividly show the work carried out by the 801st (Provisional) / 492nd Bomb Group, especially during Operation Carpetbagger, and their secret missions to deliver agents and supplies to resistance groups in Occupied Europe during the Second World War.

Other exhibits and displays include the secret work of the British Special Operations Executive from their RAF base at Tempsford; the cold war roles of the airfield at Harrington with the Thor rockets; and the Royal Observer Corps.

Nearby in the former Paymaster nissen hut, and also forming part of the Harrington Aviation Museums, is the Northants Aviation Society Museum. This contains many remains of recovered World War II aircraft and other fascinating items of equipment and memorabilia.

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Opening hours

to the general public 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Weekends and Bank Holidays
from the week before Easter to the end of October and open for group bookings weekdays/evenings

The museums are accessed by a roadway from the Harrington to Lamport road adjacent to the bridge over the A14 (M1-A1 link road). The museums are about a mile down the roadway from this junction. Although the roadway is relatively narrow it has several passing places and is suitable for coaches.

Admission charges

Adults £4.00, Children £2.00

Collection details

Aviation, Weapons and War