A look around the Fleet Air Arm Museum

Assistant editor James Peene made a seven-hour, 400-mile round trip to visit Europe’s largest naval aviation collection. It was worth the journey

Having driven all over the UK’s southwest in my time, I genuinely couldn’t say how many times I’ve spotted a brown tourist attraction sign for The Fleet Air Arm Museum and made a mental note to call in one day. That day arrived when a work task required a visit to Devon and, with the stars in alignment, I had the opportunity to satisfy my curiosity and sample the delights of the museum.

Greeting visitors to Hall 4 at The Fleet AirArm Museum – Concorde 002 among its treasures
Visitors entering Hall 1 are immediately faced with an eclectic mix of aircraft spanning nearly 100 years of naval aviation

Situated on the site of the RNAS Yeovilton, the vast, modern-looking building first opened its doors in 1964 and is now home to 102 airframes, spanning a 100-year period of Royal Navy aviation.

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