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The Gatwick Aviation Museum is located on the boundary of London Gatwick Airport, in the village of Charlwood, Surrey.

The museum has a varied collection of aircraft, aircraft engines and over 500 aircraft models. It also has displays and artifacts related to local aviation history of Gatwick Airport. Aircraft may run their engines during museum open days.

A private collection was started in 1987 by local businessman Peter Vallance. In 1999 the museum became a registered charity and provided awareness of local aviation history. It is also an educational centre for the general public, particularly for local students and there is a close relationship between the museum and the Central Sussex College.

As well as the aircraft collection there are aircraft engines and over 500 aircraft models. The museum also has displays and artifacts related to local aviation history including Gatwick Airport.

There was a dispute in 2011 concerning planning permission with the council refusing permission for a permanent museum site due to a concern over the height of the proposed new building and the location within the Metropolitan Green Belt. Peter Vallance lodged a planning appeal against the decision in January 2012 which was later dismissed. On 14 January 2013 Peter Vallance died whilst undergoing an operation on his heart. Since that time the museum has been run by a charitable trust set up by Peter to cover this eventuality. The museum as of 2015 now has planning permission approved.

In 2016, a new Museum building opened to the public which houses many of the aircraft formerly kept outdoors. A shop, refreshment area and information on the history of Gatwick Airport can also be found in the building.

Gatwick Aviation Museum Address & Travel
Gatwick Aviation Museum
Lowfield Heath Road
Telephone: 01293 862 294

The museum is located just a few minutes away from the M23 Motorway. It is North West of Gatwick Airport, very near Charlwood village (head for Charlwood signs if in any doubt!). The satnav postcode is RH6 0BT.

The nearest Train Station is Gatwick Airport.

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
Gatwick Aviation Museum official website.

Accommodation: postcode - RH6 0BT

Museum Aircraft

Museum Aircraft (Outside):
Avro Shackleton MR3 (WR982)
Blackburn Buccaneer S.1 (XN923)
Hawker Hunter F51 (XN923)
Percival Sea Prince T1 (WP308)

Museum Aircraft (Inside):
de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW(TT).2 (XS587)
de Havilland Venom FB51 (J1605)
English Electric Lightning F53 (ZF579)
Gloster Meteor T7 (VZ638)
Hawker Hunter T7 (XL591)
Hawker Sea Hawk FGA.6 (XE364 XE489 G-JETH)
Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3 (XV751)

Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander
English Electric Canberra
English Electric Lightning

The museum also has a selection of aircraft engines and over 500 aircraft models. There are also displays and artifacts related to local aviation history particularly Gatwick Airport. Aircraft may run their engines during museum open days.