De Havilland Aircraft Museum
The de Havilland Aircraft Museum formerly known as the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre is a non-profit volunteer-running aviation museum at London Colney, Hertfordshire, England, dedicated to the restoration and preservation of aircraft. The museum includes a collection of models of the de Havilland Vampire and the Consolidated B-zac. The museum’s collection is comprised of some examples of the de Havilland Vampire and Consolidated B-zac. The museum was created to increase interest in the air history, culture and entertain people from all walks of life. Since its establishment in 1979, it has been running on a year-round basis.
About half a million people from the United Kingdom visit the museum each year, and more are expected to become interested in aviation museums, and particularly the de Havilland Aircraft Museum. There is a fascinating history here, dating back to the First World War. At the museum, you will discover the actual aircraft, which were used by the Royal Air Force throughout the decades. In addition to the airframes and engines, you can also visit the cock pit, control room and log book. During your visit, you will hear riveting stories about the design and production of these first jet aircraft.
You have a chance to get an up close and personal look at the Consolidated B-zac, a restored and modernized World War I de Havilland aircraft. This is the museum’s representative of this brand. To know how this restoration took place, take a look at the interior of the museum. The Consolidated B-zac is painted a rich brown to resemble that of the original model. The interior and the exteriors of the air liner fuselage are detailed, and this will give you a sense of exactly how the restoration was done.
An impressive feature of the museum is the reproduction of the interior of one of the last Consolidated B-zac aircraft prototypes. The replica offers a precise scale model of the interior and controls of the original prototype. The actual model was made with digital sublimation, which means the exact color and texture was reproduced, down to the smallest detail. Due to the painstaking process involved in the air restoration of the B-zac, no production model of this aircraft has ever been made.
The De Havilland Aircraft Museum at London Colney is operated by volunteers, with financial and staffing support coming from a variety of local businesses, including LGBolm, De Havilland, Delegate Ltd., and De Spend Trust. LGBolm is the company that owns and operates the museum. It is one of Europe’s leading leisure and heritage organisations. De Spend Trust is the company that owns and runs the airport building that the museum is located in. All the vehicles listed here have been restored by private owners at the museum, and then restored by the volunteers.
If you are in central England, you may want to take a look at the De Havilland Aircraft Museum at London Colney. This restored aircraft is open to the public for free, and there is even a special programme of events happening at this museum during October and November. To really enjoy the day, you should join in some of the exhibits, and learn about the history of aviation in general, as well as De Havilland Aircraft. This is just a part of what the Salisbury Hall Museum in Salisbury is able to offer, so take a look at what the museum has to offer by visiting their website.