City of Norwich Aviation Museum, Norwich, 17th June 2017

July 3, 2017
Written by: Rob Slusar

Welcome to what is the first post on my new dedicated photography page.

After 4 years, I decided to take a more professional approach and moved everything from a free WordPress blog to this (hopefully) all singing, all dancing site. So buckle up and join me on this next phase of my journey.

We have been travelling to Norfolk for a number of years now, and one place that I have always spotted on the map but never got the chance to go to was the City of Norwich Aviation Museum. Finally, on this trip we decided to head in that direction before going to our second (sadly not the last, but that’s a whole other story) hotel of the weekend.

The museum was started in 1977 by a group of aviation enthusiasts on the site of Norwich airport (formerly RAF Horsham St Faith), opening to the public a couple of years later. In 1983, after the group had collected a number of planes, XM612, the museums centre piece Avro Vulcan landed after it’s retirement from the RAF. In 1985, the museum moved off the airport onto it’s current site.

The museum is a treasure trove of aircraft, a number of which coming from the cold war era. Hopefully the following pictures will show off their collection.

US Army Jeep from WWII.

The main event, Avro Vulcan XM612. Delivered to the museum in 1983, she takes pride of place amongst a number of other Cold War era jets. For a small fee, you can even get a tour of her cockpit. Sadly I had not change on the day… more reasons to go back.

Gloster Meteor WK654. This plane spent a number of years as a “Gate Guardian” at RAF Neatishead.

Lockheed T-33A “Shooting Star”.

Hawker Hunter E-409, a former Danish Air Force jet. The colours and insignia of this plane were chosen to match those of the Hawker Hunters that were based on the site in it’s years as an active base.

Eye of the Tiger.

Hawker Siddeley Nimrod XV255. This plane was likely operating in the Falklands at the same time as the museum’s Vulcan. I love the Nimrod, there is something ugly about it, which gives it a certain beauty in much the same way as the Handley Page Victor.

Sepecat Jaguar XX109.

Payload…. disarmed obviously.

A frontal view of the Nimrod. What’s not to love?

Whilst it has been some 34 years since it arrived at the museum, XM612 is still the pride of the collection and loved just as much now as when she last took to the skies.

I don’t have a wide angle lens to let me get the best of small sites like this, so I cracked out the phone to capture this panorama.

I will point out, that is by no means a big museum, but it is a museum with a lot of charm. All the funding comes from visitors and it is staffed by a dedicated bunch of volunteers. The planes are loved, and the museum has massive amount of information and bits of aviation history that for the reasonable price of the entry fee is really really impressive.

If you are an aviation nut like myself, or someone just look for an hour or two to chill out somewhere different, this really is a great place to go, really worth checking out.

Thanks for looking.


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