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


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

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 next dates that the museum will be open are:

- To be advised once the Virus regulations are relaxed.

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
  • 3 - 16 years £3
  • under 3 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 arrangemnet, the prices are:
  • Adults £10
  • 3 - 16 years £5
  • under 3 years free
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.

If you need to contact someone.

site last updated - 20 Oct 2020