WHAT’S ON: Iconic planes will be on show at Newark museum

Avro Shackleton

Avro Shackleton

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Preparations for the Hastings & Shackleton 40th Anniversary Weekend are now well underway at Newark Air Museum.

This is an open cockpit style event that will be used to commemorate the 40th anniversary of these two aircraft arriving at the museum. It will take place next Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, from10am until 5pm each day (last admission 4pm).

Avro Hastings

Avro Hastings

The Shackleton was dismantled and moved to the museum by road in spring 1977, in what remains the largest aircraft dismantling project ever undertaken by the museum and its volunteers. While, later in the summer, the Hastings was flown from RAF Scampton to join the museum collection.

Both aircraft remain firm favourites on the museum’s cockpit opening rota and admission normally costs a small additional fee. On this weekend access to both aircraft will be free, but as ever donations would always be welcome to aid the museum’s fund raising efforts.

The Ashton fuselage that is also part of the famous Avro lineage will also have free access on both days and it will house a model display of Avro airframes.

A number of visiting participants and displays will supplement the museum’s own diverse collection of aircraft. Plus, subject to operational commitments and the weather, aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will perform flypasts each day. Members of the Lincolnshire’s Lancaster Association will be eligible to receive free admission on each day of the event.

The event is open to everyone and normal museum admission rates will apply: adults £9, over-60s £8.00, children £4.50 and family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £24.

Telephone 01636 707170 if you require any further information.