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“Excellent and interesting museum”
Review of Wings Museum

Wings Museum
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Balcombe
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Delightful small yet focused collection of WW11 artifacts in large barn.. Dakota fuselage and remains of many a/c recovered from the ocean or desert. Clever yet grim photographs of the Dora underground rocket factory. Plenty of sound effects and memorabilia.Open week-ends and now Wednesdays. Shop but no refreshment facilities.
sussex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Excellent and interesting museum”
Reviewed 7 June 2014 via mobile

Such a fantastic array of artefacts from W W ll. how they managed to collect it all and transport it to a farm in the Sussex countryside is a wonder and unless you know it's there you would be hard pressed to find it, but it's well worth hunting for!!

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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181 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Labour of love”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

I was on the way to somewhere else when I saw the sign "Wings museum open" and thought why not? I'm glad I did.

The museum consists of an old hangar full of various artifacts, some airframes in varying states, half a fuselage from a Dakota (mocked up to look like it was dropping troops) and much more. Each little artifact has some information attached to it.

Couldn't take it all in during one visit so I will return. This is obviously a labour of love and of much hard work.

Full credit to all involved for keeping history alive. Very friendly staff, who were keen to tell you about any items when asked.

Visited April 2014
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Hailsham, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Great place to make you think”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

This is a museum with a difference. Many of the aircraft are on show mimicking the way they were found after they crashed many years ago. The highlight of the visit is a complete fuselage from a Douglas C-47 Dakota which visitors can walk inside. This was used during the filming of the TV hit series Band of Brothers. Allow about 90 minutes unless you are a real aircraft buff. If so allow longer. Lots of exhibits of finds from many crashed aircraft and the stories of those that flew them, and tales of those who sadly died in them.

Visited May 2014
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A very interesting few hours.”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

I went today with my son. Hadn't heard of this museum before so didn't quite know what to expect. I was very impressed with all the artefacts and information that has been collected and put on show for all to see. Some of the stories along with photographs were very moving, you could imagine what the poor people went through. As I was a big fan of the Band of Brothers series, it was good to be able to sit in the plane they used in the film and watch the part of the episode on the screen while you sat there.
The men who work there voluntary are full of knowledge should you need questions answering.
The only problem is finding the place, not very well signposted. As I have rated, an excellent two or three hours spent there.

Visited May 2014
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Balcombe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“You'll want to go back”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

Visited with a group of friends over the weekend. I thoroughly recommend it. Such a treasure trove of interesting artifacts. So much to see and read about there. The volunteers are excellent and extremely knowledgeable. Full marks - thank you for an enjoyable and educational experience.

Visited May 2014
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