Museum of Army Flying
Tucked away in the northwest Hampshire countryside, the Museum of Army Flying sits adjacent to the busy Army Air Corps Airfield at Middle Wallop, between Salisbury and Andover.
Two large hangar buildings house the impressive journey of British soldiers in the air from the pioneering days of balloons and kites, to the Glider Pilot Regiments dropping at Arnhem right through to the modern chapter of helicopter operations. Often likened to the Tardis, visitors are frequently met with surprise at the volume of artefacts, medals and over thirty five fixed wing and rotary aircraft. Imaginative displays with clever use of interactives and video provide for fascinating insight into their role in the British military that is still an integral part of modern day operations.
For front row seats of these aircraft in action, look no further than the Museum’s Apache Cafe. Overlooking the active airfield and open daily without the need for a Museum ticket, this is an excellent spot to enjoy a bite to eat or drink, whilst admiring all manner of AAC Aircraft. Whether it be an Apache thundering overhead or Lynx pilot leaning out, waving at the cafe and children in the play park below, this is where the action is! Good food and friendly staff and a great view make this a popular haunt amongst those in the know.
If it’s something a bit more hands on then keep an eye out for day events such a ‘Meet the Pilots’ and ‘Wartime Wallop’ full of pilots, re-enactors, aircraft and more. The Army Air Corps have an excellent relationship with the Museum and with these events you can expect get up-close to static Modern and Historic Aircraft on the airfield.
Devoted to telling the story of British Army Flying, the Museum provides access and affordability to visitors, and if you Gift aid with your admission you receive free entry to the Museum for a year.
The Museum of Army Flying is open daily from 10am to 4.30pm (5.30pm in July and August). The Museum is easily accessible from the M3 and A303 on the A343 between Andover and Salisbury. The Apache Cafe is also open daily and Museum entry is not required to access the cafe.
For more information, call 01264 784421 or visit the website at www.armyflying.com.