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A VIP Tour of Gatwick Aviation Museum


by Ian Homer. Posted to category: General

a special photo report.

A visit by Trust supporters to the Gatwick Aviation Museum on Wednesday this week.

A fascinating place to visit!  Find out more about them here:

Museum manager, Ashley Colella, welcomes our tour and explains the early days of aviation at Gatwick.

It was surprising how many famous names made Gatwick their home - remember Laker Airways and SkyTrain?

 Moving on just a little from the initial Whittle Unit, (see here)  you can clearly see the pedigree and development in this Rolls-Royce Derwent, with more details below. 

Whittle / Rover / Rolls-Royce - one concise story of British jet engine design and development ....  

A Hawker Harrier was in beautiful condition - and is a ground runner too! 

As is this English Electric Lightning, although the last engine ground-run has caused about 2 solid months worth of maintenance repairs!

Former Shackleton crew memeber Nev, gives the group an overview of the different variants.

Before the party split into small groups to take a closer look at J for Juliet.

Certainly in excellent condition and sparkling in the spring sunshine. 

All aboard for a detailed look inside. Note the four small panels that house flare launcher tubes for spotting at night.
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Our thanks to all that attended. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
A note of appreciation for the hard work of the local volunteers that made the day possible.  
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We have more events, presentations and visits being organised throughout the year. Visit our events page regularly to see the latest available - CLICK HERE:

 

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