THERE’S nothing like taking to the skies to get the blood pumping and the excitement going.
For many of us, taking to the skies in a commercial jet for our holidays is an all too regular affair.
Getting up close and personal with military fighter jets is a different kettle of fish.
But for avid aviation lovers wishing to fine-tune their flight knowledge and beginners looking to discover a new passion, Newark Air Museum is the perfect place.
The impressive facility is home to the UK’s largest volunteer managed aviation museum and currently houses 69 aircraft and cockpit sections.
The superb collection includes a range of British, American and French flyers and spans the generations from some of the earliest machines to combat planes which saw action in the Falklands conflict.
The museum, which was founded in 1968, is located on part of the former Second World War airfield of Winthorpe just off the A1, close to Newark Showground.
And for Howard Heeley, secretary and museum trustee, it is the personal stories behind the planes that continue to draw in the crowds.
“The air museum offers a wonderful aviation experience to visitors and gives them a totally different experience to the commercial planes they will have seen,”he said.
“Military planes are something very different and very special.
“The planes are special and we are currently working hard to tell the stories of the people who built, flew and serviced these planes. All this helps bring the planes alive.”
The volunteer-run attraction hosts regular events throughout the year to bring together former pilots.
And on rare occassions visitors are even allowed to live out their boyhood fantasies of siting inside the cockpit of some of the most famous planes in aviation history..
And with such a wide range of attractions to whet the appetite of all aviation lovers, it is perhaps little wonder that visitor numbers are on the up.
Said Howard: “We are very proud that visitor numbers are on the up and that we get a lot of return visitors.
“People keep coming back because they know there is always something new happening.
“Seeing the visitors of all ages getting excited and interacting with the planes is very pleasing, and this is something we try to maximise.”
To listen to an audio guide around Newark Air Museum click here
And if you like this audio guide, why not get a copy of series one of the Chad Audio Guides, which is currently on sale at Rufford Abbey, Clumber Park and all Chad receptions.
Each individual guide lasts between 25 and 40 minutes, with Southwell Workhouse, Newstead Abbey, Chatsworth House, Hardwick Hall, King’s Mill Reservoir, Teversal Trails and Clumber Park the featured attractions.
The triple CD is on sale for just £7.99. To get your copy call 01623 450292.
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For your chance to win, get your copy of this week’s Chad.