Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Christmas Holiday Opening

The museum will be opening everyday throughout the Christmas holidays except for the following;

-Christmas Day
-Boxing Day
-New Years Day

Don't forget you can visit Father Christmas at the museum this weekend (more details on homepage).

On behalf of the Museum, Merry Christmas and thank you for your support in 2013.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Rare Argentine Jet arrives at SYAM

On Wednesday 23rd October the Museum welcomed a new addition to the collection.

The Aermacchi MB339A was used by the Argentinians during the Falklands War. This example was brought back to the UK following the conflict. The airframe has been acquired from the Fleet Air Arm Museum although it has been stored at Rolls-Royce, Derby for many years having been used for testing and away from public view. This is the only Argentine example to find its way back across the Atlantic, the only others outside of Argentina being located in the USA.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Building 19 Upgrade

Following an extensive upgrade Building 19 is now fully open again.

The temporary dividing wall blocking off half of the main display hall has been removed, reverting the Building to its original configuration and giving a much brighter more open display space. The whole building including the toilets has been re-decorated, thank you to the apprentices from BAe Systems for their assistance in this.

A number of airframes have now been brought undercover thanks to the increased space. The Beverley cockpit is a rare example and its future is now much more secure, along with the Museum's Canberra B.2 cockpit, now displayed along with the Red Dean missile which that airframe was involved in testing. Also re-assembled undercover is recently arrived Grumman G-BCLW, seen complete with flashing light in the photo below.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Engine Hall Re-Opens

Following a major refurbishment the Museum's engine hall has re-opened to visitors.

The ceiling has been under-drawn, preventing material falling from the ceiling onto the exhibits. The walls have ben clad and insulated, providing a better environment for the long term preservation of the objects. The lighting has also been replaced with modern low energy units switched on by motion sensors which is much more efficient that the older generation fluorescent tubes which were there before. Along with a good coat of paint the room is now a much brighter and more pleasant environment to view the items on display.

The engine hall displays introduce visitors to a selection of engines which span the history of aviation, from an early Liberty engine from the First World War period, through the inter-war years with engines including a very rare French Lorraine Dietrich engine, into the Second World War with engines including the iconic Rolls-Royce Merlin and engines from post-war designs like the Rolls-Royce Avon which powered the classic Hunter and Lightning aircraft.

The Engine Hall, prior to refurbishment

The new Engine Hall

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Grumman Comes Home...

The latest addition to the museum's collection arrived on 27th April in the form of Grumman AA-1 G-BCLW. The aircraft has flown most recently from Robin Hood Airport where it was dismantled during the morning and transported the short distance to SYAM. The trip in fact saw the aircraft return to its original home, its first owner was based at our own Doncaster Airport site, where 'LW can now enjoy a long retirement.
It is hoped to assemble the aircraft in the coming weeks as work on the Building 19 display hall is completed and it is planned to ground run the aircraft, which is 100% complete, on occasions in the future.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

New Look Shop

The Museum's shop has undergone some re-modelling over the last few weeks. There is now a much more spacious area to view our wide range of kits, die-casts and books, as well as a good selection of children's toys.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Whats On In 2013 At South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum

The list of special event days at the Museum in 2013 is now online.
Please see our Whats On page for more information about whats happening and when.

As always please check the website closer to the event day for more up to date news and information.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

New Year, New Website

Happy New Year! 
Thank you to all those who visited us during 2012 and we look forward to seeing you again along with some more new faces in 2013.

As you may have noticed, for the New Year we have re-vamped the website slightly. Please check the site regularly as there are still some plans in the pipeline and the events list will be finalised over the next few days.