Manx Aviation & Military Museum

An impressively detailed collection showing the history of aviation in the Isle of Man plus the Island's surprisingly heavy involvement in both world wars. Exhibits include an Embraer Bandeirante passenger plane, Morris Commercial C9B self-propelled Bofors gun, Roll-Royce Merlin engine, uniforms and militaria.

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Gift Shop
  • Refreshments
  • Disabled Access

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Full Description

This independent museum tells two exciting stories - the aviation heritage of the Isle of Man from the earliest days of flight, and the Isle of Man and its people at war.

Displays include:

The Island's three military airfields - RAF Jurby, RAF Andreas and Royal Naval Air Station Ronaldsway where thousands of Allied aircrew trained during World War Two.

Relics of some of the many wartime aircraft crashes in and around the Island, with stories of the people involved.

Allied and captured enemy militaria.

The history of civil flying - air races, pleasure flights and commercial aviation.

Women at war - uniforms and clothing of women in the forces and at home.

The Home Front - The Isle of Man Home Guard and Air Raid Precautions.

A large part of the museum is dedicated to the 15th Light Anti-aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery - the Island's own regiment which saw service throughout World War 2. From firing the British Army's first shots of WW2 the Manx Regiment protected the skies of southern England during the Battle of Britain then went on to fight in North Africa, Italy and North-west Europe. The Regiment became the highest-scoring light ack-ack unit in the British Army. Listen to the recorded voices of some of its men as you look around the displays of photographs, uniforms and equipment including a rare self-propelled Bofors gun on a Morris-Commercial chassis. Over 100 men were captured in Crete in 1941 and a special display tells of the four years which they spent in German Prisoner of War camps. See a secret radio which was build and used in one of the camps, kept hidden in a hollowed-out log.

The gift shop sells books, postcards and model kits.

Many visitors compare the museum to Dr Who's "Tardis" because such a huge amount is packed in. The wide variety of uniforms, weapons, models and memorabilia make this a fascinating and memorable visit for everyone, and it's FREE!

Contact & Location

Operator:Manx Aviation Preservation Society
Address:Ronaldsway Airport
Ballasalla
Isle of Man IM9 2AT
Contacts: 01624 829 294
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Open days:Sat-Sun all year. Good Fri & Easter Mon. Daily 27 May-Sep. 1000-1630.
By Rail: Ballasalla / 0.5 miles

This entry was last updated on 21st February 2017

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