Volunteers Assist Military Aircraft

On Saturday 12th April the museum received a call asking if the museum’s cherry picker and crew could help a Merlin helicopter at the airport. The tail rotor gearbox sensor had transmitted errors and given a gusty day the technical crew were finding it a difficult task to reach in to service the unit given the height.  Previous attempts at access using a pick-up with a tall ladder strapped on were, considering the conditions, more than a bit hazardous.David Kirkpatrick as one of our IPAF trained operators turned out and with another Society member as a ground watcher, provided welcome access to the military. Despite a number of tests and fixes, the part and system failed to respond and they finally had to admit defeat leaving the job to another crew later in the week.

The Merlin was a Mk3 based at RAF Benson and although the aircraft had RAF markings, it was crewed by the Royal Navy prior to it being transferred to Navy control later this year. There have been 5 Merlins used locally in an exercise based at West Freugh in Scotland, across the Solway.
Society staff wish to thank Her Majesty the Queen for tea and coffee provided by her forces and a scone and a piece of tray bake. Thank you Ma’am.
MR4 14.04.2014
MR9 14.04.2014
MR12 15.04.2014

Official Museum Opening 2014

The Official 2014 Seasons opening of the Museum will be carried out by His Worship the Mayor of Carlisle, Councillor Ray Bloxham, accompanied by the Lady Mayoress at 10:45 am on Saturday 5th April. During his visit the Mayor will also open the new exhibition room containing artefacts from the former RAF 14 Maintenance Unit in Carlisle. Mr. Joe Taylor who was a senior civil servant at 14 MU traced and recovered the articles from RAF Hendon and has kindly loaned them to the Museum for this new exhibition.

Nostalgic shot of the Sopwith Camel

A nice nostalgic shot of the Sopwith Camel that Peter Grieve built in its new home somewhere in the Midlands in a private collection.

Its hanger mate is a replica Spitfire and a 1937 (I think) MG roadster crewed by Flt. Lt. Dummy.

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.