[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Bournemouth Aviation Museum is an aviation museum located next to Bournemouth International Airport, near the village of Hurn in Christchurch. It houses a number of aircraft, aero engines, cockpits and a double-decker bus. Unusually for such a museum, its policy is to have open cockpits and visitors are encouraged to climb into the cockpits and press knobs, turn dials, pull levers, flick switches, etc. Cockpits open in this manner include the Vulcan, Lightning and Canberra. It has a flight simulator which is free to use, operated from a mock up cockpit. The cockpit does not move, but the graphics are good and it is a very usable unit.

Bournemouth Aviation Museum

Bournemouth Aviation Museum

 

Aircraft shown in this article:

Sepecat Jaguar GR3A s/n XX763
Hawker Hunter F6A s/n XG160
Armstrong Whitworth Meteor NF14 s/n WS776
Armstrong Whitworth Meteor NF14 s/n WS776
Avro Vulcan B2MRR s/n XH537
English Electric Lightning F53 s/n ZF582
Vickers Viscount s/n G-OPAS
Chichester-Miles Leopard s/n G-BKRL
Percival Provost T1 s/n WW421
Noorduyn Harvard IIB s/n KF388
Westland Wessex HAS3 s/n XT257
Westland Wessex HAS3 s/n XT257

Robert Hodgson