The Fleet Air Arm Museum offers a day out guaranteed to thrill the whole family. You’ll be up close and personal among Europe’s largest collection of Naval aircraft, plus you can step on board the first British Concorde and see the cockpit first hand.
The museum takes you to the heart of the action within the award winning Aircraft Carrier Experience. You’ll ‘fly’ by helicopter to the replica flight deck of the HMS Ark Royal. On board you’ll see ten aircraft and two enormous projection screens showing a Phantom Interceptor Fighter and Buccaneer Low Level Strike Bomber take off and land around you. The sonic and visual assault on the senses is breathtaking.
You’ll experience the drama of a working flight deck and feel the wind in your hair as you witness an air sea rescue when a Buccaneer is lost over the side of the Ark Royal into the sea. You will even see a nuclear bomb.
Outside is a children’s ‘Mini Marines’ adventure playground, a licensed restaurant, shop, ample free parking and excellent disabled access.
More than a museum, The Fleet Air Arm Museum is an exciting experience revealing the history of Naval aviation. Situated alongside Europe’s busiest military air station, you may even see military aircraft going through their training procedures.
Did You Know?Our world renowned collection includes many unique and significant aircraft and a multitude of fascinating personal stories of endeavour and bravery. From the early box kites and seaplanes flown by heroic pioneers, to the remarkable Harrier Jump Jet and modern day helicopters, we have the largest collection of naval aircraft on display in Europe.
Don't Miss!Go on-board the first British-built Concorde plus the award winning Carrier Experience to see just what happens on board.
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The Museum is an excellent resource for learning about aviation and the 20th century for school groups and students at every level of education.
Learning programmes for schools may be adapted to fit your particular requirements or learning materials can be downloaded from the resource library for a self guided visit.
Booking is essential for all age groups to guarantee a pre-booking entrance rate. Please contact the Learning & Public Programming Department for further information.
The Fleet Air Arm Museum holds a collection covering a wide range of documents from official and private sources, relating to the Royal Naval Air Service and the Fleet Air Arm. The collection covers areas such as aircraft, ships, equipment, air stations, operations and personnel. Amongst the most regularly consulted are the Squadron Line Books and Record Books, Air Publications and aircraft accident records.
The Centre also holds documents relating to service in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines before and during the First World War. Personal papers from important figures in aviation are held.
The very large photographic collection covers all areas within the Museum's remit and is widely used by researchers and authors.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings the Archive Search Room will be open to researchers who wish to consult the archive in person. Charges apply. A range of finding aids is available and members of staff are always available to assist. Please contact the staff in advance to discuss your area of research. Due to the small size of the Search Room, a limited number of appointments are available and prior booking is essential.
Please refer to the Museum website for further information on the Archive and Research Facilities and Charges.
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The Fleet Air Arm Museum provides a uniquely memorable setting for your conference or special event.
Situated alongside Europe's largest operational Naval Air Station, the Museum has four exhibition halls packed with Europe's premier collection of naval aircraft.
There are two large conference rooms, plus a variety of unique breakout/function areas together with a licensed restaurant available for private hirie during office hours and into the evenings and weekends.
For a truly memorable occasion, why not hold your function under Concorde - ideal for trade shows, conferences and prestige dinner-dances, award ceremonies or wedding receptions.
Contact the Functions & Catering Manager on 01935 842615 or email [email protected]