Newark Air Museum gears up for Cockpit-Fest

The Nottinghamshire attraction’s annual cockpit extravaganza is set to go ahead on Saturday and Sunday June 24 and 25 this year

It’s actually set to the 22nd time the event has been held at the site, formerly RAF Winthorpe, close to Nottinghamshire’s border with Lincolnshire. Cockpit-Fest has become a fixture on the aviation calendar and each year attracts many visiting cockpits and associated displays. It draws in enthusiasts from all over the country, and also allows owners the chance to display their prized exhibits to their fellow enthusiasts and the general public. Some of these beautifully restored cockpits are otherwise rarely seen.

A scene from the 2021 event
A scene from the 2021 event Howard Heeley

At this year’s event a diverse range of aviation will be represented; this incorporates a range of military jet cockpits and civilian types; plus, several of the on-loan cockpits that are resident at the museum. Some cockpits will be displayed at the event for the very first time. In addition, a diverse range of visiting cockpit related exhibits are also expected to be displayed around the 16-acre site; alongside an Aeroboot / Aerojumble aviation and avionics sale, among other aviation related displays.

This year’s event is supported by a range of organisations and individuals; with visitors being encouraged to have a say in deciding the best cockpit by voting for their favourite display. From these results, prizes are awarded. Full details about the events and a list of visiting cockpits and displays can be found on the museum’s website

A Buccaneer cockpit (foreground) at the 2019 event
A Buccaneer cockpit (foreground) at the 2019 event Howard Heeley