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Cippacometa
06-24-2004, 07:27 AM
Hello everybody!
I am planning a motorbike trip to south Britain with a friend of mine.
We're both deeply interested in WWII aircraft and we're big IL2 fans.
Thus, we would like to visit as many places as possible concerning WWII aircaraft. I mean places such as museums, RAF airprots, war memorials with some A/C stuff exposed, etc.
Do you have any good idea?

Thank you in advance! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Cippacometa
06-24-2004, 07:27 AM
Hello everybody!
I am planning a motorbike trip to south Britain with a friend of mine.
We're both deeply interested in WWII aircraft and we're big IL2 fans.
Thus, we would like to visit as many places as possible concerning WWII aircaraft. I mean places such as museums, RAF airprots, war memorials with some A/C stuff exposed, etc.
Do you have any good idea?

Thank you in advance! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

JG52Uther
06-24-2004, 07:29 AM
Well the best a/c museum in the UK is at Hendon in London,also Duxford near Cambridge is pretty good
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ELEM
06-24-2004, 07:47 AM
You might like to visit Salisbury Hall, just 5 minuets from me. Home of the Prototype Mosquito.

http://www.aeroflight.co.uk/mus/uk/dehav/mosqmus.htm

I would also highly recommend Old Warden and the Shuttleworth Collection. Try to get there on one of the flying days. Just beautiful!!

http://www.shuttleworth.org/shuttleworth/index.htm

And a motorbike would be a perfect way to get to these places. Good Luck.

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Salfordian
06-24-2004, 07:50 AM
The Battle of Britain museum in Kent is a good one to visit I remember going a few years ago. It is at the old Hawkinge fighter base and so has a major connection to the museum and its collection. The website is www.kbobm.org (http://www.kbobm.org)

budvar62
06-24-2004, 07:54 AM
If you get away from the big smoke and go to the south west there's also the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovil in Somerset...

www.fleetairarm.com (http://www.fleetairarm.com)

Enjoy...

ploughman
06-24-2004, 08:03 AM
There's also the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton near Sommerset, with a viewing gallery onto the operational base too. Duxford is very good, it has a great collection plus lots of air worthy aircraft and the most excellent 8th Airforce Museum is there with, amongst many others, a B-17, B-29 and a B-52. Hendon, on the edge of London is the star in Britain's Aircraft Museum firmament though. Check out the air-shows too, they can cost a few quid but they're the business. One of the best is the Royal International Air Tatoo at RAF Fairford near Swindon it attracts lots of war-birds as well as modern stuff like the B-1, B-2, Typhoon etc.,
If you make it as far north as York there's the Yorkshire Air Museum which has a nice collection and puts on a good airshow at the end of August that attracts the BoB memorial flight, B-17, P-51, B-25, Corsair, T-6, various Spits, and lots of historic and current Jets.etc
Enjoy yourself.

Cippacometa
06-24-2004, 08:04 AM
WOW! Thanks a lot, guys! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/11.gif
Looks like we're going to do some extra kilometers in our trip! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Salfordian
06-24-2004, 08:08 AM
Another one is the Shuttleworth collection at Old Warden aerodrome, this is really good and is where a number of flying warbirds are kept including a number of 1st world war types, and its not too far from Duxford. All the museums mentioned in here are really good so if you can I'd go to them all. Enjoy.

Cess_Wizard
06-24-2004, 08:10 AM
Sticking to the South of England - other related places

Dover Castle/Tunnels

Supermarine Museum - Southhampton I belive
though I have not visited it

D-Day Museum - Portsmouth (loads of other things to see round there including Submarine Museum, Southsea Castle etc)

Imperial War museum - Lambeth London
Science Museum - Kensington London - I believe still has some air related stuff

DeerHunterUK
06-24-2004, 08:12 AM
As stated before if you're in the London area then you have to visit the RAF Museum, Hendon apart from the fact it's a top museum, it's also free (though I suggest making a donation)!
And you've got to visit IWM Duxford which is just about the dog's danglies as far as aircraft museums go. There's something like 5 or 6 seperate hangars\museums (all covered by the 1 admission price) and you can watch the engineers working on restoring the exhibits.

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slambog
06-24-2004, 08:17 AM
Doh this isnt in that country but it is in the grand ole USA.

http://www.airzoo.org

Dunkelgrun
06-24-2004, 08:32 AM
Here are some of the smaller museums but still very much worth a look:

Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial at ex RAF Manston
http://www.spitfire-museum.com/

Kent Battle of Britain Museum at ex RAF Hawkinge
www.kbobm.org (http://www.kbobm.org)
(this website appears to be down, try http://www.the-battle-of-britain.co.uk/men/BHknge.htm)

Tangmere Aviation Museum at ex RAF Tangmere near Chichester
http://www.tangmere-museum.org.uk/

Museum of Army Flying near Andover
http://www.flying-museum.org.uk/

Southampton Hall of Aviation
http://www.spitfireonline.co.uk/

and not aircraft but Britain's premier tank museum, in Dorset
http://www.tankmuseum.co.uk/


plus the aforementioned RAF Museum Hendon, Imperial War Museum Duxford and Imperial War Museum Lambeth, London.

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mcTOPGUNs
06-24-2004, 09:25 AM
for me it would have to be Duxford (http://duxford.iwm.org.uk/)

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tfu_iain1
06-24-2004, 09:43 AM
gotta be duxford for me too... not as much information or presentation as hendon (which is all in-doors static display) but it has more aircraft, you can get real close, and it also has lots of airworthy planes there. even if it isnt a flying day youll often catch something rare flying around, and theres usually air traffic of some kind. so if you visit one museum, make it Duxford.

oh, and check out the vulcan - its kinda like a british b-52

ploughman
06-24-2004, 12:20 PM
I heard a story about a woman who was driving along when a Vulcan flew over, very, very low.
The resonances set up by the mighty V-bomber's thunderous flypast caused her various plastic surgies to collapse.

Probably sub-urban legend, but it could be true.

tfu_iain1
06-24-2004, 01:25 PM
hell, even if her plastic surgery didnt collapse, im sure she got a hell of a fright... i mean them vulcan things are as loud as concorde...


little boast tho, i was lucky enough to be at the final display flight of the vulcan- wish i could remember its serial or the airfield. im just glad my dad had his priorities right when deciding what to do in the summer...

Taylortony
06-24-2004, 02:18 PM
on the way south you will pass cosford which is the hendon out station about level with birmingham well woorth a visit

Cess_Wizard
06-24-2004, 03:30 PM
Lol - forgot about Tangmere - I grew up about 10 miles from it! If you go to Tangmere cross over the A27 and goto Goodwood airfield to see the Douglas Bader memorial. It was from there that he took off on the mission to France where he was shot down

Not another Blue R1
06-24-2004, 06:15 PM
Cippacometa

How far North will you travel, and have you traveled by road in the UK before? As a fellow biker, I appreciate you probably have an idea of what sort of roads to take in - do you want twisty or motorway?

As many others have already pointed out, Duxford is a 'must see' museum. It's also VERY easy to find, being right beside a junction on the M11 (in fact you can see it from the M11, so it's hard to miss). Allow a full day for your visit. If you want a quirky little hotel just down the road from it, try the Red Lion (on the A505). It's not great, but it's close by and relatively cheap and cheerful.

If you are coming in by Euro Tunnnel or ferry at, say Dover, The Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge is also fairly easy to find, being off the M20. For me, however, it doesn't compare to Duxford.

Hendon is fab, but it's awkward to get to when you're trying to balance a map on your tank : ) Being on a bike will stand you in good stead in London traffic, but on the other hand strange people in tin boxes will try to kill you at every opportunity ; )

When are you coming over? Will you be going to World Superbikes at Brands Hatch?

Getting off topic a bit, okay a lot, I'm not sure what sort of bike you ride, but I would thoroughly recommend getting on track at Brands if your budget/time allows. Try www.100pc.co.uk (http://www.100pc.co.uk) for good, safe track days : )

Have fun!

Cippacometa
07-05-2004, 06:12 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Not another Blue R1:
Cippacometa

How far North will you travel, and have you traveled by road in the UK before? As a fellow biker, I appreciate you probably have an idea of what sort of roads to take in - do you want twisty or motorway?

As many others have already pointed out, Duxford is a 'must see' museum. It's also VERY easy to find, being right beside a junction on the M11 (in fact you can see it from the M11, so it's hard to miss). Allow a full day for your visit. If you want a quirky little hotel just down the road from it, try the Red Lion (on the A505). It's not great, but it's close by and relatively cheap and cheerful.

If you are coming in by Euro Tunnnel or ferry at, say Dover, The Battle of Britain Museum at Hawkinge is also fairly easy to find, being off the M20. For me, however, it doesn't compare to Duxford.

Hendon is fab, but it's awkward to get to when you're trying to balance a map on your tank : ) Being on a bike will stand you in good stead in London traffic, but on the other hand strange people in tin boxes will try to kill you at every opportunity ; )

When are you coming over? Will you be going to World Superbikes at Brands Hatch?

Getting off topic a bit, okay a lot, I'm not sure what sort of bike you ride, but I would thoroughly recommend getting on track at Brands if your budget/time allows. Try http://www.100pc.co.uk for good, safe track days : )

Have fun!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


I don't think we'll go much far North, since we have not many days off. Too bad! I've never left-drove in the UK, but I've done it in New Zealand, so I'm used to you guys driving on the wrong side! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

For what concerns me, I prefer travelling on twisty roads by motorbike and on motorways by car.

Thank you (EVERYBODY http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/11.gif) for the infos regarding the museums. We'll keep in mind!

Regarding London traffic, I guess it would be not worst than that of Rome (where I once lived) or Marseilles (where I live now). Well, in fact, as far as I know having visited London few times, its traffic is just fine, at least compared to these 2 "mediterranean" towns' standards!! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

We will be coming - I believe - by the end of july: I'll be on my brand new Yamaha TDM 900 and my friend from Torino (Italy) on his Ducati ST4s.