Back in February, on a wet and cloudy day (in fact much like today), we took a Sunday drive up to Coventry Airport to visit the Midland Air Museum.
This is a really great little place to visit, and I’ll do a more in depth post on it later in the year when I can go back and take some decent photo’s.
This is a small museum that in 2017 celebrated it’s 50th anniversary. It’s run by a small dedicated staff ably assisted by lots of willing volunteers and there’s a great atmosphere about it. It has a basic but good cafe, we had tea, toasted sandwiches and a bar chocolate (of course!), and a VERY well stocked Aviation book and model shop – if you’re into that sort of thing. They’re all really friendly and did’t seem to mind my son running about excitedly. I much prefer the small little independent museums to the big national ones, there’s always something a bit more personal about them.
They do have some really nice aircraft on display. As I said, they mainly concentrate on jet powered aircraft and have a good selection of jets from all over the world, with types from the 1940’s right up to the modern day.
We had a good mooch around the hanger, and then on the mezzanine – were my Son and daughter had a race around the circular displays – much to the dismay of the people below having a quiet cuppa I’m sure!
They have a decent selection of mainly Cold War era jets, along with a few large transports. You can walk around inside a large Argosy Transport, which is great for rainy days and if there is a volunteers about, you can sit in it’s cockpit, or the one in the Vulcan Bomber. On selected days, they also have open cockpits – were you can sit inside a wider variety of their aircraft.
Although they have some hanger space – most aircraft are outside. There are also a few benches about where you can sit and eat your lunch. We didn’t have a picnic – it was far too cold. We did however have a good walk around and a look inside some of the aircraft – My daughter and I sat up in the giant Vulcan bomber cockpit and listened to the volunteer as he told us the history of the aircraft.
There’s also a lot of display space dedicated to various aviation company’s (like Dunlop) based in the local area, along with a large section on Sir Frank Whittle – the inventor of the Jet Engine. There’s also a LOT of models on display (which I always enjoy).
After a little while, the cold once again forced us back to the Ratmobile and we headed home. All in all I’d recommend a visit if you have a couple of hours free – and like a bit of aviation history (I’ll be back to do a proper report).
Website: Midland Air Museum