Solway Aviation Museum

Solway Aviation Museum
Aviation House
Carlisle Airport




01228 573823


01228 573823

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The Solway Aviation Museum is run by volunteers from the
Solway Aviation Society, with a theme of British Military
Aircraft manufactured in the North West of England between
the 1950's and 1960's. With the kind permission of the Carlisle Airport management, and with help from sponsors the collection is housed in 'Aviation House' to the right of the main Airport entrance. The aircraft are on display externally around Aviation House and on the approach road to the Airport buildings.

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Opening hours

Saturdays and Sundays from April-October (Friday opening during the school summer holidays) 10.30-17.00 each day.

Visits by groups at other times by prior arrangement.
Last admission 45 minutes before the closing time.
You can come and go all day as long as you retain your site pass.

Closed: Monday to Friday except during the school summer holidays, please ring the museum on 01228 573823 to confirm opening times.

Admission charges

Adult £3.50
Family £8.00 ( up to 2adults and 3 children)
Senior £2.25

There is an indoor exhibition, with several display rooms on the history of Carlisle airport, and all the local RAF Airfields, during the war years. On display in the museum are various aero engines from early piston engines through to the Rolls Royce Merlin (as used in the Spitfire). There are more modern jet turbine engines including an early Frank Whittle design, as fitted to early jet aircraft such as the Meteor. Various aircraft fittings and equipment including ejector seats and instruments can be seen, along with various RAF uniforms, radio and radar equipment.

Collection details

Aviation, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Avro Vulcan
  • English Electric Canberra
  • Armstrong Whitworth Meteor
  • de Havilland Vampire
  • Sikorsky Whirlwind
  • BAC Lightning Interceptor
  • Nimrod AEW3 Cockpit
  • Whittle prototype jet engine Welland-1 (for the Meteor)
  • Pratt and Whitney Twin Wasp
  • Blue Streak Rocket Motors