Avro Vulcan B1 XA903
Introduction
History
Blue Steel
Olympus 593
Tornado RB199

We are part of the Solway Military Trail


Closed until March 2022

Stoneykirk Aviation Museum is a small collection of aviation artifacts and is located about 10 miles south of Stranraer, a couple of miles from MOD West Freugh. The museum provides a facinating insight into the golden age of British aviation. The emphasis of the museum is to show the technology of cold war miltary aviation - something that most aviation museums skirt around. The museum has a selection of restored aircraft cockpits, comprising:
  • Avro Vulcan B1 XA903
  • De Havilland Vampire T11 XE921
  • English Electric Canberra T4 WE191
  • BAC Jet Provost T4 XP558
  • Hawker Sea Hawk FGA6 WV903
  • De Havilland Sea Vixen FAW2 XP925
  • Blackburn Buccaneer S1 XK533

The Vulcan is one of the main exhibits and is one of only two forward sections of a B1 Vulcan remaining (the other being in storage at RAF Cosford Museum). XA903 has a very well documented life as it served as a test bed for:

  • the Blue Steel stand-off missile (the UK's nuclear deterrent). XA903 was the only Mk1 Vulcan to carry the Blue Steel and did so to test the missile and the ability of the Vulcan to use it. B2 Vulcans had the missile recessed more, whereas XA903 had it protruding more underneath.
  • the Olympus 593 engine that was to be used for Concorde. XA903 had the Olympus engine mounted underneath the fuselage and performed extensive testing of the engine prior to Concorde flying.
  • the RB199 engine, as used on the Tornado.
The cockpit has been restored to reflect the Concorde engine testing period. Come and see the story of how the Concorde engine was tested prior to Concorde flying.

OPENING TIMES

The museum will be open to the public on most Sundays from March to October.
The opening hours are 10am to 4pm. (last entry 3pm)
The museum is currently closed for the winter period and will re-open in March 2022. A list of dates that we will be open will be added nearer the time.

ENTRANCE FEE

At present, Credit Cards are NOT accepted. Cash only please.

If you visit on a Sunday when the museum is open to the public, the prices are:
  • Adults £5
  • 5 - 16 years £3
  • under 5 years free
If you arrange to visit when the museum is not normally open to the public, ie it is opened specifically for you by prior arrangment, the prices are:
  • Adults £10
  • 5 - 16 years £5
  • under 5 years free
During a pre-arranged visit, you will have a guide to show you around. The cafe will not be open for bespoke visits.

LOCATION/DIRECTIONS

The museum is located between Stoneykirk and Sandhead, in South West Scotland, about 10 miles South of Stranraer.
Click here to get directions. Directions

OTHER INFORMATION

The main part of the museum is not heated, so if you are visiting on a cold day, please dress accordingly.

There is a small cafe in the museum, serving tea/coffee and cake/tray bakes for use by museum visitors. All cockpits are open allowing you to look in. Access to the Vulcan cockpit may be dependant on how busy the museum is.

Questions and Answers

Do you accept credit/debit cards?
No. Payment is by cash only.

Do we need to book?
Not if you are visiting on a Sunday when we are open.

Are the exhibits inside or outside?
All exhibits are inside.

Do you have any complete aircraft?
No, only cockpits.

What is a cockpit?
It is the bit at the front of a plane where the pilot sits.

Is the museum wheelchair friendly?
Unfortunately not. There are steps into buildings, and steps to look into cockpits.

Are dogs allowed in the museum?
No.

Is there any parking in the shade?
No, parked cars may be in full sun light.

How long should I allow for my visit?
It depends on how interested you are in the exhibits. If you are visiting by appointment, allow 2 hours.

Are there toilet facicities?
Yes, there is a toilet.

Is access and parking suitable for large vehicles, such as a motor home?
No. Access is only suitable for cars.

Do you accept large groups?
The museum is only small. If you have a large group, please contact us for advice.


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site last updated - 31st October 2021