The Museum of Army Flying

The Museum of Army Flying

A visit to the Museum of Army Flying is one of Hampshire’s most fun and fascinating family days out, telling the epic story of the brave men and women who pioneered military aviation.

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A hanger full of history

Follow the extraordinary history of army flying, from kites designed to carry men into the air, to sophisticated helicopters. Plus, see some of the weird and wonderful prototypes that never even got off the ground. The Museum of Army Flying tells the story from before the First World War right up to today’s modern Army Air Corps.

It’s like no other museum you’ve ever seen, and it’s situated right next to a busy working airfield, so there’s lots to see, do and discover:

  • 35 historic aircraft on display
  • A replica 1940s house
  • Cinema
  • 2 Simulators
  • Rifle Ranges
  • Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Children’s centre
  • Picnic area
  • Free parking for coaches and cars

Fly an attack helicopter

A super simulator experience allows you to get your hands on the controls of a state-of-the-art attack helicopter. Fly right into the thick of the action, all guns blazing, it’s just like the real thing.

Your Visit

To help you get the full experience of the Museum of Army Flying, we’ve split the Museum into five key themes. From enthusiasts to families, and everyone in between, they reveal the history of military flight in fascinating detail.

Early Days – tells the story of hot air balloons, kites, airships and Samuel Cody, an early pioneer of military aviation.

The Royal Flying Corps – tells the story of the forerunner of today’s Royal Air Force, from its earliest days in the run-up to the First World War.

Air Observation Post Squadrons - tells the story of the army officers recruited to join the fledgling RAF to do aerial reconnaissance, photography, message dropping and direct artillery fire.

The Glider Pilot Regiment – tells the story of how whole airborne armies of troops were “flown” into positions, sometimes behind enemy lines, by gliders towed by powered aircraft.

Experimental aircraft – tells the story of early flights of fantasy, from inflatable delta wings to early attempts at un-manned reconnaissance.

The Army Air Corps Today – tells the story of the rise of the helicopter as a frontline weapon of war.

History of Army Flying

It was in World War II that things really took off. It started when the enemy started using gliders to direct artillery fire on the ground. Churchill was quick to act. So in February 1942 The Glider Pilot Regiment was formed, and in December of the same year the Air Observation Post Squadron was established.

The men who made up their numbers played a key role in World War 2. The Museum of Army Flying is proud to be associated with these brave heroes who Churchill called “Total Soldiers”. The Glider Pilot Regiment repays this honour by seeing the Museum of Army Flying as its spiritual home. The Museum is proud to house its archives and act as the sole guardian of this unique heritage.

The Museum of Army Flying

Visitor Information

Middle Wallop
SO20 8DY


Tel: 01264 784421

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