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 City of Norwich Aviation Museum - Horsham St Faith, Norfolk, 25th October 2018

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Comment - It is always nice, when travelling a bit further afield, to take in a new aviation site and this was done last October when we found ourselves at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum in Norfolk. The museum can trace its ancestry back to 1977 when an enthusiasts group was started for the Eastern Counties Omnibus Company, membership later being opened up to non-employees. A temporary site was secured on the 17/35 runway at Norwich Airport before a more permanent location was found in 1985, the museum remaining there ever since.

The Cold War is the era most represented by the complete airframes, nose and cockpit sections on display. These range from early jet fighters such as a Gloster Meteor F8, through to classics like the Hawker Hunter, a rarer FR10 being displayed here, and the pinnacle of British built interceptors, the Mach 2 capable English Electric, later BAC, Lightning, represented at Norwich by an F.53 variant. A French built Dassault Mystere IVA is also on display, awaiting painting and marking up at the time of our visit, alongside immaculate SEPECAT Jaguar GR1 XX109 in 54 Squadron colours.

Heavier metal includes Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR2P XV255. Visitors can take a guided tour of the interior, an interesting experience that contrasted well with our earlier tour of Avro Shackleton Mk3 WR982 at the Gatwick Aviation Museum, some 18 years separating the respective first flights of these ASW workhorses. Finally, mention must be made of the museumís largest exhibit, Avro Vulcan B2 XM612, which was undergoing some welcome TLC during our visit.

This is only a brief description of the museumís highlights, and I strongly recommend a visit if youíre in the area, especially if, like me, you grew up during the height of the Cold War with Jaguars, Harriers, Lightnings, Phantoms (there is an immaculate cockpit section on display) and Vulcans being your enthusiast bread and butter!

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