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Fleet Air Arm Museum

Location: Somerset, England
Website: http://www.fleetairarm.com


To celebrate the 100th anniversary of aviation in the Royal Navy the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Somerset have transformed one of their four exhibition halls to house a major new permanent exhibition. The Fly Navy 100 exhibition dramatically presents the development of naval aviation from the first Royal Naval airship in 1909 and early bi-planes, to today's formidable air power from the sea. The earliest complete aircraft on display is a replica of a 1912 Short S27 together with the un-restored remains of the first aircraft to have taken part in a naval battle in 1916, the Short 184. Other aircraft on display within the FN100 exhibition include the first Westland Dragonfly helicopter to be assigned to the Royal Navy in 1949, The Sea King flown by HRH The Duke of York during the Falklands War along with a Lynx helicopter, a Walrus sea-plane, Firefly, Sopwith Pup and a BAe Sea Harrier. Another exhibition hall houses the award winning Aircraft Carrier Experience. It's where Museum meets theatre. Here, you'll ‘fly" by helicopter to the replica flight deck of the aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL. On board the Ark Royal you'll see ten complete aircraft and two enormous projection screens showing a Phantom strike fighter and a Buccaneer strike-bomber. You'll be in the heart of the action as powerful jet fighters take off and land around you. You'll feel the wind in your hair as you experience the thrills and sounds of a working flight deck. You will even see a nuclear bomb which makes this a truly unforgettable attraction. The Museum has the largest collection of naval aircraft anywhere in Europe and the first British built Concorde which you can go on-board and visit the cockpit. Outside the Museum there is a children's playground, a licensed restaurant and a shop, ample free parking and excellent disabled access.