Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum is a small aviation museum on Heathhall Industrial Estate, Dumfries, staffed and maintained by volunteers of the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Group.
Opened in the summer of 1977, the museum began in a hut, formerly the old World War II pilot's flight hut of RAF Dumfries, but by 1979 was able to move to more secure and spacious accommodation in the restored three storey watch (control) tower of the airfield.
The museum continues to expand both in aircraft, aero engines, artefacts, and area surrounding the control tower; there is also a small, but expanding collection of memorabilia honouring airborne forces; it has become a highly respected museum and well worth a visit. Unlike most other collections, the exhibits are generally not fenced or roped off, and being able to inspect aircraft and engines up close, and in some instances sit in the cockpit is much enjoyed by visitors. In 2003 the museum became a registered charity. A new display representing aviation in Scotland and a mock-up of a World War II living room was completed in 2007.
Fighting Fund Appeal
An appeal was launched by the museum in 2007, following a change of landowner, when the opportunity arose to purchase the land on which it is located:
Some of the larger exhibits include:
- G-AHAT Auster J1/N Alpha (frame)
- WJ880 BAC Canberra T.4 (nose)
- Q497 BAC Canberra T.4 (fuselage) [WE191]
- XP557/72 BAC Jet Provost T.4
- WA756 Bristol Sycamore 3
- 318 Dassault Mystere IVA
- XD547 DH.115 Vampire T.11
- 'WD386' DHC Chipmunk T.10 (composite)
- ZF584 English Electric Lightning F.53
- 68-0060 General Dynamics F-111E (cockpit)
- WL375 Gloster Meteor T.7(mod)
- WT746 Hawker Hunter F.4
- XT280 HS Buccaneer S.2B (nose)
- G-ARPP HS Trident 1C (cockpit)
- G-AWZJ HS Trident 3B-101 (fuselage)
- FT-36 Lockheed T-33A
- G-MMIX MBA Tiger Cub 440
- 54-2163 North American F-100D Super Sabre
- 35075 SAAB J35A Draken
- XX483 Scottish Aviation Jetstream T.1 (cockpit)
- P7540 Supermarine Spitfire IIa (full scale restoration on site)
Control Tower Listed
On October 11, 2006, Historic Scotland, on behalf of Scottish Ministers, listed the former control tower as a building of special architectural and historic interest. The museum's control tower is believed to be the last of its type built during World War II, similar to RAF Findo Gask]] in that it has three storeys, rather than the more usual two. This would appear to leave only the towers at RNAS Crail and Fearn Airfield with more, as these are four storey structures.
Opening times (2007) CHECK current details before travelling!
1st weekend in April (or Easter if this takes place earlier) until the end of October.
Saturday & Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm
During July & August additional opening times are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11.00am - 4.00pm
The Museum is closed for the winter season from 1st November, but admission is possible most Sundays, staff and weather permitting.
Other opening times, Bank holidays etc. please contact the Museum.
Groups, schools and coach parties are always welcome out with normal opening times. See Contacts to arrange.
Refreshments and snacks are available in the shop.
Manual and electric wheelchairs are available on-site.
- Adults £3.00
- Children and Concessions £2.00
- Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) £8.00
- Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum
- Tower Listing details
- Findo Gask
- Photographs of the displays
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