1st May 2013:
Bolkow 209 Monson G-AZDD, one of only 11 registered examples in the UK. The Monson is unusual in that the nose gear retracts but not the main gear presenting an unusual airborne view. Just over 100 were built and about 70 remain extant.
Welcome to Sywell Aerodrome
Set in the heart of Northamptonshire, Sywell boasts one of the best General Aviation Airfields in the United Kingdom. With superb airfield facilities and a wonderful Art Deco styled Hotel, it is easy to see why many pilots consider this one of the finest fly-in destinations.
Sywell Aviation Museum open for 2013
8th April 2013
30th March 2013 saw the Grand Opening of the Sywell Aviation Museum for this year's season. Despite snowy remnants on the ground a record crowd attended the free event which included military vehicles, re-enactors and cockpit-supremo Tony Collins' Hawker Hunter F.1 WT684 and EE Canberra B(1) 6 WT319 cockpits which he kindly brought along specially. The event saw the unveiling of a Roll of Honour and commemorative bench to mark the 70th anniversary of the deployment of the 20th Fighter Group, USAAF to Kingscliffe, Northants in March 1943. The Museum displays five very rare original mission 'ops' boards from the unit. Major Steven Gorman USAF Croughton attended to complete the unveiling which was marked with a minute's silence and bugler playing The Last Post.
The significance of the event was further marked in fine style by Peter Teichman displaying his wonderful North American P-51D 'Jumpin Jacques' 44-72035 (G-SIJJ) from the Hangar 11 Collection. Peter has been a kind supporter of the Museum for many years now and particularly with the 20th FG event planned was delighted to be able to bring an example of the unit's former 'mount' to pay his respects - the Museum is extremely grateful to him for braving the cold on Easter Saturday!
The Museum is now open every weekend and bank holiday from 10.30-16.30hrs until the end of September.
Sywell Aviation Museum Ready for Takeoff for 2013!
22nd February 2013
With the nights finally drawing out its time to announce the grand opening of the Museum for the 2013 season which will take place as usual on Easter Saturday, 30th March 2013 from 10.30hrs. There will be re-enactors from our friends at the Pitsford Home Guard, military vehicles from the Troops Trucks and Stores Group and Military Vehicle Trust and, weather and servicability permitting, our good friend Peter Teichman will be bringing his fantastic North American P-51 Mustang 'Jumpin Jacques' for a special appearance!
Why the P-51? Well, 2013 marks the 70th anniversary of the deployment of the 20th Fighter Group, United States Army Air Force to Kingscliffe, Northants in 1943. The Museum proudly displays their unique and fabulously rare original mission boards and the opening will serve as a backdrop to the unveiling of a specially commissioned Roll of Honour and commemorative bench in partnership with The 20th Fighter Group Association. After training on P-40 Warhawks and beginning ops with the P-38 Lightning, the 20th FG were equipped with the legendary Mustang so to mark the occasion with the warbird they used is really poignant.
Other aircraft are always welcome to fly in to see us at the opening... past surprise visitors have ranged from a Messerschmitt Bf-108 to a WACO UPF, Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire...!
Above all, the whole event is a great day out for the whole family....and above all it's free!
The Museum is now taking bookings for its popular weekday evening tours - Cubs, Beavers, U3A, local history groups, classic car clubs, Rotarians, social clubs and more have visited us over the years - for more information please contact us!
In addition we are always looking for items to display, particularly if relevant to Sywell or aviation in Northamptonshire together with military and aviation books or unbuilt model kits. Again, please contact us if you can help.
Please do keep an eye on our talks page for a list of our very popular evening lectures - "TSR2 - Britain's Lost Bomber" by Damien Burke on the 25th February and 'Photographing the RAF's Fast Jets' by former Red Arrows official photographer Richard Cooke on the 25th March to name but two - more TBC...
From Easter, the Museum is open every weekend and bank holiday between 10.30 - 16.30 until the end of September.For more information please contact us.
Current Airfield Status and Weather
Fixed wing ops: OK Helicopter ops: OK
Runway in use: 03, circuit direction: LH, closing at: 1800.
Information current as of 12:05 on 23/05/2013 (local). For more detailed airfield status click here.
The calculated cloud base is 2266 ft.
The wind is blowing at a speed of 5 kts (average of 10 kts) from the northwest (315°).
The temperature is 7 °C with a dew-point at 1 °C. The atmospheric pressure (QNH) is 1012 mb (QFE 998 mb) and is Steady. The relative humidity is 68%.
|Forecast: Increasing clouds with little temperature change.|