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“The history of aviation in uk and not only !”
Review of Midland Air Museum

Midland Air Museum
Ranked #7 of 65 things to do in Coventry
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

A gorgeous museum that can be visited by both children and the mature audience. It tries to keep the airplanes or miniaturized copies of the planes in great condition. Impressive photographs, decorations, costumes from the era. At the end you can buy a lot of great souvenirs

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank niculaevirgil
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

Some of this is interesting.
The outside is a scrapyard, but does have some great planes. The Vulcan makes it.
Inside is a mix of bits and is quirky.
Staff a bit miserable.
Was average overall, pricey with the Grand-kids.

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank mikebW9560VB
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Had the opportunity to visit the Midland Air Museum by air on a weekday (Thu) in February. We arrived via the Coventry Flying Club who were most welcoming, although the landing fee was a bit steep being over £30. A short walk (2 mins) from the Flying Club and you can get to the air museum entrance.

It is open from November to March from 10am to 4:30pm. From April to October the opening times extend to 5pm and on Sundays & Bank Holidays it stays open until 6pm.

The museum is well priced and has a good shop which is stocked with many books (new & 2nd hand) and models (plastic& die-cast), prints, as well as many other pieces of aviation memorabilia.

There is a cafe which serves tea/coffees, cakes and more substantial food. We just had a coffee and a cake when we visited.

The museum consist of various galleries related to inventors, aircraft engines and various Midland related collections. There are galleries dedicated to Frank Whittle, Armstrong Whitworth (AWA), The Whitley & Dunlop. Some fascinating exhibits and a lot of reading so if you are short of time it might be better to move to the larger exhibits in the main hangar area and also the outside area.

The starting point for the tour of aircraft really starts in the main hangar and there are 4 military jets in that part, a Gloster Meteor (2nd oldest production model in the world), de Havilland Vampire F1 (only 1 of 4 F.1's remaining), Lockheed T-33 and Saab J-29F which traces the story of early jets and their development. There are many other exhibits on show here so look around and make the discoveries for yourself. The upper level tells the story of Coventry Aviation covering Humber and Armstrong Whitworth. The Whitley gallery contains some of the only remains in the world of the Whitley bomber.

Continue your tour outside and there is plenty to see. We noticed on our trip the offer of many cockpit tours but given the time of year and the fact there were not many people around, it looks like the cockpit tours are run later in the year or probably at weekends when there are more people around.

Outside there are a huge array of iconic aircraft including some larger airframes like the Avro Vulcan, AWA Argosy 650, Vickers Viscount and de Havilland Dove. UK classic military jets include the Javelin, NF14 Meteor, Hunter, Sea Hawk, Sea Vixen, Canberra, Lightning & Harrier as well a foreign jets like the F100 Super Sabre, F86 Sabre, F4 Phantom, F101B, Voodoo, F104G Starfighter and Mystere IV. There is also experimental aircraft from the 1950's in the guise of the Bolton-Paul P111A and some interesting Eastern Bloc aircraft on display like the MiG-21 and Mil Mi-24D.

The collection looks well looked after considering it is open to the elements and there is evidence that restoration of the types is ongoing, which is great to see.

There is plenty to see here and well worth staying up to 3hrs and beyond to discover what you can and make the most of your visit. For the aviation enthusiast it is a must and for families there is plenty to see and do with great facilities available onsite.

A wonderful place for a day out and learn something at the same time.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank ShurlockHomes
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

We visited on Tuesday this week as a school group and really had a fabulous experience. So much to see inside and out. We were lucky enough to be able to get inside the Vulcan which really was a great thing to do the children all loved it and were amazed by all the interesting facts they were told about the Vulcan and all the other aircraft we were able to sit in and learn about. Thank you so much to Barry you really were great with the children, they really loved hearing about Sir Frank Whittle and his work, you were very interesting and so knowledgeable. A great few hours which the children learnt so much and had fun learning.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank KenilworthSandra
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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

What a little gem of a museum. Lovely staff especially to two volunteers doing the Vulcan and the Electra talks. Cute little cafe and shop onsite. This kind of place deserves to be lottery funded as everyone who volunteers clearly love the place.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank lil-rach123
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