1. Trip to the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection, Old Sarum Airfield Museum, Friday April 20th 2018...
Our next trip is to the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection which is situated just north of Salisbury at Old sarum airfield in Wiltshire.
The Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) was formally opened by the late Air Commodore Colin Cruickshanks on 1st April 1999, but was behind the 'wire' until it moved to Old Sarum and opened to the public on the 1st of July 2012. It became a Private Not For Profit Company limited by guarantee in May 2007, and then a registered Charity in June 2011.
The Collection is based on aircraft, vehicles and artefacts historically associated with the Boscombe Down site. This is being expanded to flight in the Wessex area. The Collection is run by the Members and is staffed by volunteers.
The Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) tells the history of Boscombe Down and explains the place it has in the history of flight and flight test. In essence the aim is to the preserve the past for the future.
Military flying began at Boscombe Down in 1917 and continues to the present day. Experimental operation began in 1940 and the site remains at the forefront for testing as the UK's and Western Europe's only dedicated military flight test centre. Boscombe Down has played a major role in the history of flight and flight test.
The museums aim is to bring this story to life by restorations, replicas and allowing people to experience sitting in their powered cockpits.
On arrival there will be refreshments provided, followed by a presentation on 'A Brief History of Boscombe Down and The Boscombe Down Aviation Collection' lasting approximately 1 hour.
Following the presentation you will be free to wander around the museum at your leisure. There is also a café, the Skies Café, on the airfield where a selection of both snacks and cooked meals can be purchased.
Interestingly the museum is situated in two out of three Belfast Truss hangers which are listed, and are similar to those that were originally at Kenley. Old Sarum is also the best-preserved flying field of the World War I period.
Parking as normal will be at the Portcullis field from where our coach will depart. Departure will be 09:00 sharp, returning for about 18:00.
The cost for this trip will be £20 per head and is payable on the day. This price will cover the cost of the coach and your entrance fees. Parking, as normal, will be at the Portcullis field.
To book a seat, please contact Andy Spencer Jones either by telephone - 020 8660 3102 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org