Sywell Aviation Museum News
14th September 2011
With the end of the season approaching it is time for an update on Museum activities!
When we last checked the Paul Morgan Hall had only just been opened and so far this year it has proved to be a big hit with our visitors... it is great to have our aircraft cockpit sections on display - at last!
Work has continued throughout the year on our second extension on the other end of the building. This is now structurally complete and painted. All the work has been funded through visitor donations and the work undertaken by Museum staff. Once complete the new hall will house a partitioned, bespoke workshop, will more than double the size of the current USAAF display hall and an additional hall will tell the story of the Luftwaffe raids over Northamptonshire and the subsequent internment of Luftwaffe crews as POWs in the County.
New exhibits will include a 1938 Fordson Major Tractor, bought by Brooklands Aviation in 1938 and used to tow aircraft on site and a wartime Willys Jeep. Our dear old Slingsy Grasshopper T/X1 WZ820 will also be on show again after a long absence. The new, as yet unnamed halls will be formally opened on Easter Saturday 2012.
On the 17th September 2011 at Blakesley, the memorial to the crew of Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 42-31143 'Stingy' will be unveiled after much work by local people working in conjuction with the Museum. The nephew of the pilot, Nicholas Jorgenson who perished in the crash is flying over from the USA thanks to local funding to pay his respects at the memorial. Please see local press for more information. A further news update will follow in due course. see here for more information on the crash recovery.
The 21st September sees the long awaited talk on Restoring The Duxford Lysander by John 'Smudger' Smith from 19.30 at The Cirrus Room, The Aviator, Sywell. First come, first served, tickets £4.00 on the door.
The Museum remains open until the end of the month - its not too late to buy your raffle tickets!
Finally courtesy of Tanesha Stafford there is a small video of the museum online here. Thanks Tanesha! Thats about all for now; we look forward to seeing you soon.