The Bristol Hercules engine that started the museum collection

The Bristol Hercules engine that started the museum collection

The museum is home to one of Europe’s most extensive collection of aero engines. The collection includes examples of some of the earliest piston and radial engines through to modern jet engines. There are representatives from many of the finest names in engine manufacture with examples from Rolls Royce, Armstrong Siddeley, De Havilland and others.

Aero engines on display in the Control Tower

Aero engines on display in the Control Tower

The bulk of the collection is housed in the ground floor of the Control Tower. Here you will find fine examples of the Rolls Royce Merlin and Griffon engines that powered many RAF fighters and bombers during WW2. Larger engines such as the Rolls Royce RB211 Turbofan from a Boeing 747 are displayed outdoors.