Sunday, 17 June 2012
Museum of Berkshire Aviation
Recently visited the very local Museum of Berkshire Aviation which is only a 20 minute cycle from my home and for some reason have never visited. Small museum on the site of the old Woodley Aerodrome which is now a just house but the area of Woodley basically started out as a airfield. Most of the aircraft and displays are from Phillips & Powis and Miles Aircraft companies from during the WW2 period to later Handley Page (Reading) Ltd and by Fairey Aviation.
Found this article which has a good review of whats on display.
Fairey Gannet in the process of being restored.
Fairey Jet Gyrodyne
Quite a few local built helmets, if i remember rightly the middle shelf, far left is a TSR-2 helmet, cool.
Lots of little display and the top of the Westland Scout in Empire Test Pilot School colours.
Quite a few displays about Douglas Bader, unfortunatley the Woodley Aerodrome is famous for being one of the places Bader lost a leg.
Miles M.100 Student, only one built and being restored.
R.A.E. – Vickers Transonic Research Rocket to the right and at tha back of the hanger the sliver Miles M.25 Martinet.
Westland Scout in Empire Test Pilot School colours and was surprised to see it and those famous colours here.
After the main spitfire factory got bombed during the war, production was moved to various smaller factories around the country and some where even built in Reading which i never knew.
Fairey Gannet engine with original Royal Navy yellow.
Handley Page Dart Herald
Handley Page Dart Herald cockpit.
Handley Page Dart Herald, a royal interior.
The Bader Way named and open i believe by the man himself, all the roads in Woodley are named after Aircraft or Aviators famous to the area.