Welcome to the oldest aviation museum in the UK dedicated to the preservation and display of de Havilland Aircraft. The de Havilland Aircraft Company played an important role in the history of aircraft development in 20th century Britain. The de Havilland company created world beating aeronautical innovations including many iconic aircraft such as the de Havilland Mosquito – “The Wooden Wonder”, the Comet – the world’s first jet airliner, the Tiger Moth – the “backbone “of the RAF’s training aircraft in WWII and the Airspeed Horsa Glider – used extensively by our airborne troops in 1944 during D-Day, Arnhem and the Rhine crossing.
We are a “working museum” where we actively restore de Havilland Aircraft so you are likely to see our volunteers at work, who are always willing to answer your questions.
The de Havilland Aircraft Museum is staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers who perform a wide range of tasks according to their skills.
One of our Volunteer teams has been restoring the de Havilland Mosquito Prototype in preparation for the 75th Commemoration of its first flight, which took place on 25th November 1940.
To commemorate this important event in aviation history the Museum staged an celebratory luncheon on 25th November 2015 (view Video) and commissioned an exclusive print that shows the Prototype making a low pass over Salisbury Hall-on Sale in our Museum Aeroshop and here on the website.
The Mosquito prototype W4050, is the only surviving piston engined prototype from the Second World War and was the first of three Mosquito Prototypes to be built at de Havilland’s secret design and prototype facility at Salisbury Hall.
The four-year restoration has seen the “wooden wonder” totally dismantled and being restored to its wartime configuration made possible with a grant of £41,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The restoration of the Mosquito Prototype aircraft is just one of the inspiring projects underway at the museum.
See the Mosquito Prototype
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