Tour of the South East 2017
MGCC visit to Gatwick Aviation
MGCC visit to Gatwick Aviation Museum
Sunday 21st May saw a gathering of MGs young and old to participate in the Car
Club run to the Gatwick Aviation Museum. We met up at Botley Hill Farmhouse in
Limpsfield to sign on, get our tulip route guides and have a coffee before
setting off on the 30 mile run.
There was an aviation theme to the run as we visited Biggin Hill Airport and
Kenley and Redhill Aerodromes before arriving at the museum. The route was
designed by Terry Giles who has an interest in things aeronautical through his
The museum is located in the village of Charlwood near Gatwick and it is
possible, by crossing a field at the museum site, to get up ‘close and personal’
to the aeroplanes taking off and landing at the airport.
The museum has a great collection of aircraft, aircraft parts and aviation
ephemera. For me the most impressive aeroplane is the English Electric Lightning
F53. This was designed to intercept Russian bombers operating at high altitude
during the Cold War. It was capable of a speed of Mach 2 at 36000 feet and could
climb up to 70000 feet. It could climb vertically but had a limited capability
in respect of flying time. The museum attendant told us that they run up the
Avon engines from time to time.
Other aircraft of note were the Gloster Meteor, Sea Vixen, Sea Hawk and a
Harrier ‘Jump Jet’.
The MGs were invited to park by the Avro Shackleton MRS that is located outside
the museum hanger. This aircraft is a development of the WWII Wellington heavy
Chris and I enjoyed this run and met up with some MGers whom we had not seen for
a little while. We can thoroughly recommend a visit to this museum.