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BAC 1-11

Our 1-11 is now open for visitors prior to it's official opening.


ATC Tower

Information on our Mobile Control Tower now online.


New Airport Fire Engine has arrived

and after a quick clean..

Museum Virtual Tour

We now have a virtual tour of the museum online!

1-11 Up On Trestles

Getting closer to being open.

1-11 on trestles

New Arrival: HS125/DOMINIE ZD620

Just arrived is ZD620 - on permanent loan from Hayward and Green Defence Ltd.


The Piper has it's wings!


1-11 Ready for Carpet

ZE432 Interior

1-11 Front gear and wheels back in place

Front Undercarriage
 Front gear and wheels in place. Wheelbay doors to be refitted next.

1-11 Is finally in place

 After a lot of hard work by the volunteers, the 1-11 is upright and sat on the new trestle!

1-11 being hoisted
Finally off the ground

1-11 moving into position
Carefull manouevering

1-11 Gently does it..
Gently does it!

1-11 almost there
Making sure it's all aligned

1-11 in place
Finally sat in place
1-11 in place

Work can now start on capping off the fuselage and getting the interior ready for visitors.

1-11 Trestle has arrived

1-11 Trestle
Finally the 1-11 trestle has arrived. Work can soon start on getting the 1-11 upright and secured!

Boeing 737 Available for Hire

Following the success of the official opening of the Boeing 737, the trustees are delighted to announce that the aircraft is now available as a venue hire space for special occasions and corporate events. This unique space will provide an unusual and exciting backdrop for any key event. We are already looking forward to a wedding anniversary for some regular passengers who used to fly on board.

If you are interested in holding an event in this space, please contact the museum and speak to one of the trustees. 

Air Festival Frenzy

The Bournemouth Air Festival once again proved a busy time for the volunteers at the museum , who gave it their all to man an excellent stall and aircraft display in Bournemouth square.

Once again the Leopard provided a superb advertisement for the festival as it graced the ASDA Roundabout and was an iconic eye catcher for drivers who passed.

In addition the Grumman AA5 Tiger was accompanied this year by the English Electric Canberra which proved a huge success with visitors young and old who could climb and sit in both.

Our adjacent shop proved very popular and needless to say we very quickly sold out of many of our shop items. Interest for the aviation museum was also increased with many visitors suggesting they plan a visit.

Finally we must also congratulate our Volunteers Maggie & Bryan Keet who did a fantastic job in manning the Vulcan to the Sky Stand but also securing a second display of the Vulcan for the Sunday.

Work Begins on PA28 & Victor

Although both exhibits have been at the museum for a while now, we have made a concrete start on restoring these two new exhibits. PA28 G-TLET and Victor B2 Saucy Sal are the next two projects on the agenda. Over the next year both aircraft will start to take shape. Plans are still being considered to the depth of each ones restoration but keep an eye out on our facebook page to see the latest developments. The PA28 has already been relocated to a new position in preparation for assembly. 

Boeing  737 officially opened

On July 31st the Bath family led by Elizabeth Bath officially opened our latest exhibit the Boeing 737-200. “The Spirit of Peter Bath lives on” as she cut the ribbon and officially deemed the exhibition open.

The event which was attended by restoration volunteers, members of the Bath family and former Palmair Pilots, Cabin Crew & Office Staff was a huge success. All were treated to a private viewing of the aircraft along with celebratory drinks and a superb finger buffet provided by the volunteers. 

Whilst socialising was in full swing the musically talented Saxophonist Claire Manners graced  guests with her talent. The night was most enjoyable for all and everyone was complimentary of the new exhibition which details the life of Peter Bath, Bath Travel and local airline Palmair. Former Bath Travel Managing Director and son of Peter Stephen Bath said “This is a terrific testament to Peter Bath’s life, and it is wonderful that eight years after his death he is still remembered so fondly by his staff and former passengers”

This exhibition also includes some touch screen elements and a first for the museum. In the last month the aircraft has been open to a number of visitors who have all enjoyed climbing aboard a real life airliner. Children in particular have loved the opportunity in dressing up as either a Pilot or Cabin Crew member. 

Additional items are still being added to the exhibition over the coming weeks and we hope it will be enjoyed by all whilst also educating and preserving our local heritage and the icon that was Peter Bath. 

Huge thanks must go to the Bath family for their support and dedication to making this exhibit possible. To the volunteers and local businesses who have worked extremely hard to restore this aircraft to a presentable state and finally to airport Historian Mike Phipp. Mike has input many hours into making sure every finer detail about the remarkable history of this man and his companies is correct and has created an informative and educational piece. 

New Viewing Platform

Our new viewing platform is ready - it gives a great view over the airport!

Viewing Platform

Museum’s Future Secured

Permanent planning consent granted by Christchurch Council on 21st February. The many letters of support sent in were a crucial factor.

Well done and thank you to all our members!

Wasps @ Christmas??

One very last minute and unexpected Christmas present arrived at the museum on December 21st in the form of a Westland Wasp HAS.1 Helicopter. XT431 previously displayed at Gatwick Aviation Museum had become available and after some quick negotiations it was decided to add her to the collection. 

As this helicopter operated for many of its years both at Fleetlands and Portland it seemed only fitting that it’s new home should be preserved at Bournemouth. She sits now adjacent to the shop and is a fantastic addition to the mighty Westland Wessex. The Wasp is the first addition of a Royal Navy aircraft to the museum collection. Although some restoration work is required over the coming months the aircraft is in very good condition and suitable for visitors to take a look inside

Boeing 737-200 Has Landed

After months of planning and re-planning we were delighted to see the arrival of Boeing 737-200 G-CEAH as she made her short final journey from Bournemouth airport along the B3073 to the Museum on 8th December 2013. 

Aviation Specialist Transport Logistic firm Cook Transport had the nightmare task of moving the 30ft wide and 60ft long fuselage along the tight industrial site roads. Followed by winding her past the multitude of lights and bollards, which presented hazards along the way. We would like to thank all of the motorists who had patience in the morning to allow the aircraft to pass ahead. 

Furthermore we would like to thank all of the companies and individuals involved who made this project possible. The Boeing 737, which is planned to be officially opened in the summer, will house an exhibition on Palmair, Bath Travel and the renowned late Peter Bath. 

The aircraft will also be available for venue hire making the perfect location for kids Birthdays or that extra special celebration. 

To find out more about G-CEAH click on the exhibit page which has newly been created.


The Arrival Of Victor XL164

On May 24th 2013 Victor XL164 arrived at Bournemouth Aviation Museum from Gatwick Aviation Museum in Charlwood.

We plan to restore her inside and out.

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Victor B.2 XL164
*Converted to B.2R Blue Steel ASM carrier.
*12/1972: Converted to K.2 tanker.
*5/1977: 57 Squadron, at RAF Marham.
*7/1981: 55 Squadron, at RAF Marham.
*4/1985: 57 Squadron, at RAF Marham.
*6/1986: 55 Squadron, at RAF Marham.
*9/1993: Assigned as a ground trainer to RAF Brize Norton as “9215M”.



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Replica Spitfire Display In March 2013

During March we were lucky enough to have had a replica Mk9 Spitfire EN398 JE-J as flown by Wing Commander Johnnie Johnson, commanding officer of the Kenley Wing, Summer 1943 on display at the museum.

The Supermarine Spitfire was a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries throughout the Second World War.

The Spitfire continued to be used as a front line fighter and in secondary roles into the 1950s.

It was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft and was the only British fighter in continuous production throughout the war.

Spitfire Replica

5th Annual Vintage Transport Day.

Our 5th annual 'Vintage Transport Day' held on Sunday 3rd March 2013 between 10am & 4pm was a great sucess - thank you to everyone!

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The star of the event was KAS - The Forces Sweatheart who performed during the day. There were also be many other attractions including 
  • Vintage Buses
  • Classic Cars
  • Military Vehicles
  • Re-enactments
  • Live Music
  • Stalls
  • Vintage Fashion
  • Refreshments
Vintage Transport Day