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“Great museum, one of the UKs best aviation gems”

Fleet Air Arm Museum
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Ilchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Fleet Air Arm Museum will thrill the whole family. Get up close and personal with Europe's largest collection of Naval aircraft and see the first British Concorde.You'll 'Fly' by helicopter to the replica flight deck of the Ark Royal where two enormous projection screens show aircraft taking off and landing. Witness an air sea rescue when a Buccaneer is lost over the side into the sea. There's even a nuclear bomb.Situated alongside RNAS Yeovilton, you may also see aircraft flying in and out.Visit The Fleet Air Arm Museum. The thrill is being there. Opening hours 10:00 am to 4.30pm November until March and 10:00am to 5.30pm April to October.
Reviewed 14 August 2014

I have visited the museum a couple of times, and also been to the air day at the adjacent Royal Navy base, but this is the first time I have reviewed it.

themseum had a collection of mainly naval aircraft from the earliest, right up to the harrier, there is also a fantastic centre section with a simulated launch and recovery to an aircraft carrier together with an excellent tour to the tower and operations centre of that carrier.

The museum also contains a rare harrier prototype, and the 002 Concorde test aircraft, plus two of the smaller development prototype aircraft used by the concorde programme.

There is a lot to keep both the aviation enthusiast and general visitor interested and entertained

Thank Andrew R
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

After visiting many North American Museums, I was more than impressed by the quality and significance of each display in this large Naval museum. It is more than a collection of odd birds but rather a living history experience. The opportunity to see several versions of Harrier engines, early one-off Rolls Royce piston engines and the planes they were fitted to is worth the price alone. Early unique warbirds together with modern fighters are classic examples of the time spent on perfect restorations. The experience of the a life size aircraft carrier flight deck simulation is breathtaking.
Also, it is a rare opportunity to get up close and inside one of the famous Concords.
If you enjoy aircraft, this is not to be missed.

Thank Keith M
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

I have been to fleet air arm museum a few times 1st was on. School trip, then with my older children and more recently with me younger children, each time there was something new to learn or see and every time I have enjoyed visiting and the children loved going there. The children thought it was great fun to see old aircraft and new and to learn about what yeovilton and the fleet air arm did during all the wars it has been involved in. They loved seeing the air men's medals and what they did to be awarded them. All round a great day out.

Thank Shells1977
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

Good museum which has been extensively updated and improved since our family's last visit a few years ago.
It must be difficult to radically change and improve when the exhibits are very large and heavy!

A good way of showing an insight into aircraft carrier life (remember when the UK had some) in the new carrier experience - this is well done although the film and features show aircraft from many years ago as expected.

I would have liked to see a few more staff to ask questions of, but none around at all. Only downside was the entry fee which was quite a considerable amount although we can now visit again any time in the coming 12 months.

Thank Christopher T
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

This is an awe inspiring museum to be able to stand next to Concorde and appreciate that this machine was capable of Mach 2.
We went on what was the only wet day in July 2014 and it was not busy, and had plenty of opportunities to take photos without hordes of people in the way.
Plenty of information to read (or not) we stayed most of the day, the "Aircraft" carries tour was interesting, but took about 40mins and not easy to skip once you are committed...
It also takes Tesco vouchers at the time of our visit which helps.

Thank marty130
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