Solway Aviation Museum


Solway Aviation Museum is home to a collection of aircraft, aviation artifact’s and displays reflecting Britain’s position as a world leader in aircraft design and innovation at the dawn of the jet age.

The museums’ primary objective is the preservation of our Aviation heritage, its display and interpretation. Take a nostalgic journey back to Wartime Cumberland and the men and women of the RAF who served in WWII.

The museum is run by a dedicated team of volunteers who give up their free time to painstakingly restore many of the exhibits. Through their love and knowledge they are preserving aviation history for generations to come.

Photos Wanted

Do you have any photo’s in and around our museum we can use for our 2015 brochure, social media, website and press releases etc?  We are looking for photo’s of our exhibits, people sat in or outside our aircraft and anything else you feel would be good to use.  If you do and you are happy for us to use them, we would be very grateful if you could e-mail them to

By sending us any photos to be used, you agree to allow us to publish them on the internet or printed in leaflets and news letters.

Volunteers Wanted

We are currently looking for volunteers to come and work in and around the museum.  You can spend as much or as little time as you like and you don’t need to have any experience, just willingness to learn as full training will be given.  Roles include working in the shop on the days we are open, helping visitors around the museum, painting and washing aircraft, grass cutting, general maintenance and anything else that needs doing.  We have a fantastic team of volunteers and without them, we would not be here today.  If you are interested, please get in touch via e-mail at or by telephone on 01228 573823.

Museum Closed

The museum is now closed for the Winter and will re open on Friday the 3rd of April 2015. We would like to thank everyone that has visited this year and look forward to welcoming you again next year.  If you use Trip Advisor, please go on and leave us a review, you can also follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

Stobart Fest 2014

Stobart Fest

Stobart Fest is back this year on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th August 2014 and once again we are opening our doors for free.  You can enter the museum via the normal entrance or from the festival area next to the Airport Fire Section.  We have lots to see inside if the weather is wet.

Solway Aviation Museum Reaching for the sky

Solway Aviation Museum Volunteers doing the IPAF Training.

The Solway Aviation Museum (SAM) has invested in a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) to reduce the risk to the maintenance teams while working at height on the museum aircraft.

During a recent health and safety risk assessment it was highlighted that using conventional ladders and or self erect scaffolding was no longer acceptable and a safer way of high level servicing needed to be found, looking into the potential endless hire cost of cherry pickers etc would make the regular maintenance checks and high Level painting of the aircraft extremely expensive.

The answer was simple invest in our very own cherry picker which we did in March of this year, the answer was simple but owning and operating a cherry picker is not that easy, there was insurance for one thing which was duly obtained next came the LOLER Testing and certification (Lift Operating & Lifting Equipment Regulations) our cherry picker was due for its inspection and testing in June of this year, this was provided by a local company Thermoking Northern that checked, tested and issued the six month certificate as the hydraulics systems must be checked and serviced twice a year.

After all that you still don’t however tempting jump into the bucket an climb skyways after all this is the UK and we do have standards to maintain, next on the list was to have the crews trained and certificated in the use of this equipment, this is where IPAF comes into the frame (International Powered Access Federation) our training supplier was Systems Training also Based at Carlisle Airport our home for over 50 years.

We booked the course for four crew members and to our surprise the course was a full day starting at 08.30 and finishing at 16.30 the morning was spent on guess what Health & Safety and the IPAF training programme which included a pre-training test and an post training test which you must achieve the pass mark or the course ends there !!! after lunch it was out to SAM-05 which is our cherry pickers call sign as we make extensive use of two way communications as part of our Health & Safety procedures.

But again before we can get our hands on our new equipment we have to go through harness training and how to ware and adjust correctly the harness that is there to save us should we fall out of the bucket, next comes the part that we have all been waiting for the actual test which requires us to drive the van between cones and park, we then have to deploy the vehicle stabilisers these stop the van from moving when the booms are deployed, next it’s into the harness on with the hard hats and chin straps and we then have to take the access platform through its paces, on our VAMP that a vertical lift of 12.5m using both booms to their full extent and then we had to perform a number of manoeuvres as instructed by the two trainers, each crew member has to perform these tasks twice during the afternoon.

At the end of the day we all passed and our now proud holders of the IPAF PAL Card (Power Access Licence) this qualification is recognised world wide and last for five years, so we can now start on the high level maintenance of our aircraft, buildings and external displays From the safety of our Cherry Picker SAM-05.

If you can find us and if you can afford us maybe you can hire the Solway Sky Team.