Solway Aviation Museum

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Solway Aviation Museum is home to a collection of aircraft, aviation artifacts and displays reflecting Britain’s position as a world leader in aircraft design and innovation at the dawn of the jet age. The museum’s primary objective is the preservation of our Aviation heritage, its display and interpretation.

Our aircraft collection is based on post war British jets that entered service with the Royal Air Force during the 1950’s and 60’s; many have local connections. We have also adopted some other post war aircraft which we considered worthy of restoration and preservation. The very popular Bluestreak Room displays photographs, parts and equipment from that project.

The Crosby Room past and present, details the fascinating history of the civilian life of Carlisle Airport over many years. There are displays on the Airport Fire Section and a life size working copy of the tower control desk, along with the history of the various flight schools that have operated from Carlisle Airport where our Museum is based.

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Opening hours

The Museum will be open every weekend from the 3rd of April 2015 until the last weekend in October on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, also on official English Bank Holidays.
Our opening times are 10:30am until 5:00pm (Last entry 4:15pm).
The Vulcan Bomber is open from 11.00am until 4.15pm.

Admission charges

Adult £5.00
Senior Citizens £3.50
Children (6-16) £3.00
Family (max 2 children) £12.00

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

Solway Aviation Museum
Aviation House
Carlisle Airport




01228 573823

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