Solway Aviation Museum

The Solway Aviation Museum

The Solway Aviation Museum near Brampton is run by volunteers from the Solway Aviation Society. The society owns nine aircraft – the most prominent of which is an Avro Vulcan bomber. The Vulcan XJ823 which was flown into Carlisle on 25th Jan 1983, is 100 ft long, has a wingspan of 111 ft, and weighs 200,000 lb. Visitors may climb up into the cockpit – a remarkable experience.

Avro Vulcan XJ823 did not take any part in, and wasn’t a standby aircraft during, the Falklands War. It didn’t leave the UK, due to it having no refueling probe and less powerful engines than those picked for the Raid. The aircraft was at RAF Scampton during the war.

image of a Vulcan XJ823 at the Solway Aviation Museum in Cumbria

Other aircraft on display at the Solway Aviation Museum are an English Electric Canberra bomber, Britain’s first jet bomber, a Gloster Meteor the first jet fighter, and a Lightning Interceptor. More recent additions are a Sea Prince Twin Prop, a Phantom FGR2, a Vampire trainer and a Wessex helicopter.

image of aircraft displayed at the Solway Aviation Museum in Cumbria

There is a new indoor exhibition, with a small display on the history of Carlisle airport, and all the local RAF Airfields, during the war years. On display in the museum are various aero engines from early piston engines through to the Rolls Royce Merlin (as used in the Spitfire). There are more modern jet turbine engines including an early Frank Whittle design, as fitted to early jet aircraft such as the Meteor.

image of an aircraft's cockpit

Various aircraft fittings and equipment including ejector seats and instruments can be seen, along with various RAF uniforms, radio and radar equipment.

The Solway Aviation Museum also houses a display on the Blue Streak project from the 1950’s and 1960’s, which was test fired a few miles away at Spadeadam.

2022 Opening Times:
The Museum will be open at 10:30 am until 5:00 pm every weekend from 1 April 2022 until the 30 October 2022.

2022 admission fees:
Adult – £6.00
Child/ senior – £4.00

Aerial photos, video, and Vulcan photo by Simon Ledingham.

The Solway Aviation Museum, Carlisle Airport, Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle, CA6 4NW. Tel: 01228 573823

Email: [email protected]

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