Took my 4 year old plane fanatic son along for a visit. Although not much to look at from the fence, once inside beginning with the very friendly welcome from a most knowledgable chap we went on a great adventure. The gentleman took a lot of time to show my son many great photos of aircraft, whilst recounting tales of his own experiences.
We then ventured outside and were left to explore the various aircraft and cockpits at our leisure. My son and I thoroughly enjoyed clambering into some amazing aircraft, playing with controls, pulling levers and flicking switches. A great learning experience for him and so much fun for us both. Back in the cabin we looked at the many artefacts, a number of which had local interest and chatted further to the gentleman. Last great thing was my son donning the pilot helmet and being strapped into the ejector seat for a photo. Brilliant fun and a thoroughly enjoyable day for us both. Well done to the people involved for giving up their free time to run a venture like this. A lot of work has gone into it and continues with the Tornado GR1 restoration. Great effort!
For those who chose to criticise and attempt to compare with places like Duxford, on a relative scale where IWM Duxford receives large sums of donations and funds, this can't compare. However good luck getting to clamber about freely in a Vickers Valiant or English Electric Lightning at Duxford. Highland Aviation Museum gives you the opportunity to experience and interact with aviation history and heritage, which is the best way to learn. Loved it and will definitely go back again!
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