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The de Havilland Aircraft Museum is located at London Colney in Hertfordshire.

The collection is built around the definitive prototype and restoration shops for the de Havilland Mosquito and also includes several examples of the de Havilland Vampire.

The de Havilland Aircraft Museum was the first aviation museum in Britain, when it opened to the public on 15 May 1959, just 18 years after the Mosquito Night Fighter W4052 had been flown out of adjacent fields by Geoffrey de Havilland Jnr.

The de Havilland Mosquito design team first came to Salisbury Hall in October 1939. A barn like hangar was erected across the moat where the first prototype was hand built out of wood by a team of craftsmen, using non-strategic material and non-strategic labour. A total of three Mosquitos were flown out of the surrounding fields to Hatfield.

De Havilland left in 1947 and Salisbury Hall slipped into a derelict condition. In 1955 the Hall was taken in hand by an ex Royal Marine Major named Walter Goldsmith.

The Mosquito Prototype W4050 returned to become the first aviation exhibit housed in a hangar behind Salisbury Hall, saved for posterity by Bill Baird and Walter Goldsmith under what was then known as the Mosquito Appeal Fund. A suitable Robin hangar was found nearby and moved to Salisbury Hall, inside which the Prototype was assembled.

The collection began to expand in early 1968 and the name was changed to the Mosquito Aircraft Museum in 1974. In 1977 the de Havilland Aircraft Museum Trust Ltd was formed to operate the museum, and gained charitable status. The site was prepared for expansion and a hangar erected to protect the historic exhibits. There are now plans to erect a new hangar adjacent to the old one to house more of the exhibits.

de Havilland Aircraft Museum Address & Travel
The de Havilland Aircraft Museum
Salisbury Hall
London Colney
Telephone: 01727 826400

The de Havilland Aircraft Museum is located next to Salisbury Hall off Junction 22 of the M25. If you are travelling clockwise on the M25 (from Heathrow or M1) you will need to cross over the bridge on the M25. The Museum is Signposted-Mosquito Museum from the London Colney roundabout and is on the B556 to South Mimms. Salisbury Hall and the Museum are visible from the M25. The satnav postcode is AL2 1BU.

A number 84 bus from St. Albans High Street or Barnet and Potters Bar Railway Stations stop just outside the driveway that leads to the Museum. The walk is approximately 400m.

How much does it cost?
The admission fee can be found on the official website.

What are the Opening Hours?
The Opening Hours can be found on the official website.

For more information then visit the
de Havilland Aircraft Museum official website.

Accommodation: postcode - AL2 1BU

Museum Aircraft

Trenchard House was built on the Farnborough site in 1907 as the headquarters of No 1 (Airship) Company of the Air Battalion of the Royal Engineers (later No 1 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps).

In 1914 it became the temporary headquarters of Lord Trenchard when he was appointed Officer Commanding the Military Wing of the Royal Flying Corps.

The Grade II listed building has since become the administrative headquarters of FAST.

Museum Aircraft:
DH53 Humming Bird (G-EBQP)
Cierva C.24 (G-ABLM) - loaned
DH88 Comet-replica (G-ACSS/G-ACSR)
DH87 Hornet Moth (G-ADOT)
DH89 Dragon Rapide (G-AKDW) - restoration
DH82 Tiger Moth (G-ANRX)
DH103 Sea Hornet NF.21 - tail section
DH114 Heron (G-AOTI)
DH104 Dove 8 (G-AREA)
DH125 cockpit (G-ARYA) - stored
DH.125 Srs 1 (G-ARYC)
HS121 Trident 2E cockpit (G-AVFH)
DH106 Comet 1A fuselage (F-BGNX G-AOJT)
DH82 Queen Bee fuselage (LF789)
DH98 Mosquito I prototype (W4050)
DH98 Mosquito FB.VI (TA122) - under rebuild
DH98 Mosquito TT(B)35 (TA634)
DH98 Mosquito TT35 fuselage (TJ118) - stored
DH100 Vampire FB5 dismantled (VV217) - stored
Vampire NF10 fuselage (WM729) - stored
DHC1 Chipmunk T.10 (WP790)
DH Venom FB4 (WR539) - stored
DH112 Venom NF.3 (WX853) - stored
DH113 Vampire NF.10 - stored
DH112 Sea Venom FAW.22 (XG730) - restoration
DH110 Sea Vixen FAW.2 (XJ565)
DH115 Vampire T.11 (XJ772)
DH106 Comet C.2(R) cockpit (XK695)
DH106, Comet 4 SIM nose
DH106 Comet 1A nose (G-ANAV)
ex Swiss Vampire FB.6 (J-1008)
BAe 146, srs 100 (G-JEAO)
Airspeed Horsa I/II fuselage (BAPC.232)

There are also a number of historic de Havilland engine types on display including piston engines, gas turbine engines and rocket engines.