Getting Closer: South Wales Aviation Museum

Assistant editor Jamie Ewan visits the fledgling South Wales Aviation Museum, an attraction with big ambitions

This overview of the South Wales Aviation Museum hangar shows just some of the collection on display at present – more aircraft are due to arrive in the coming months.

“I’ve loved aeroplanes since I was five years old,” says Gary Spoors, one of the South Wales Aviation Museum’s benefactors, as he hands me a cup of coffee in his office while we shelter from the wind and rain battering the Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales. On studying the room from where he runs both the museum and his engineering company GJD Services, it’s clear to see his passion for all things aviation – models, books, aircraft parts and panels, photos and art are everywhere I look. Gary adds: “If it flies, I like it.” 

Quite possibly the most famous McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom FG.1 to have served in the RAF, XV582 ‘Black Mike’ is just one of the many highlights at SWAM.

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