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“Strange place”

Gatwick Aviation Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Charlwood
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

Strange little place, a haphazard collection of aircraft that frankly have nothing to do with Gatwick Airport (European military craft?) Obviously a private collectors collection that has been taken on by a bunch of nutters.
Looks to be housed in old chicken sheds, difficult to find once you're on the 'farm' its on, when you do eventually find where to park, expect to be blocked in by other visitors.
A health a safety nightmare, the best thing for this place would be methal thieves and a tarmac lorry, time to stop getting in the way of the expansion of Gatwick that so desperately needs to be done in order to sustain business in the local area.

6  Thank welshiesgirl
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Reviewed 12 January 2013

This open air museum may be small but it's very cheerful, after the bewildering array of ex airline equipment from the likes of laker and damn air ect.. It was time to go outside. With around 20 aircraft there's something for every plane nerd, but the main attraction is undoubtedly the Avro Shackelton. Shown around it by and ex SQR.LDR who flew on shakeltons it makes for a fascinating explore, from the radar station,galley and cockpit to the bomb aiming position. Not many museums let get go inside there exhibits! However be warned due to a probable lack of funding many aircraft were rather "green" with many needing some work, but don't let this put you off there not in bits yet! Do be sure to leave a donation if you go inside the Shackleton!

3  Thank Rob W
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Reviewed 17 November 2012

The museum is excellent, and needs all the support it can get. The planes are all touchable, and to be able to clamber over the interior of a Shakleton brings new meaning to up close and personal.

The mix of aircraft is a joy, and some of the cockpits are accessible. The sheds are a dream to wander around. Well worth a visit.

4  Thank Tigermoth2
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Reviewed 20 May 2012

This small private museum needs all the support you can give. A wonderful display of aircraft in the open air, so you can get up really close to study, take pictures. The great surprise is when you go into the sheds and see the collection of engines and bits and pieces. Telephone before you go to be sure the museum is open, and help the museum acquire a permeant place.

5  Thank C4more
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