A unique jet collection celebrating aeroplane history

At Bruntingthorpe Aviation, we have proudly held onto our heritage and as such, have encouraged the growth of our Cold War Jets Collection. Open for visitors every Sunday, the aircraft museum boasts a wonderful collection of historical jets, kept and serviced in a pristine condition.

The collection includes a variety of aircraft such as a Victor, Hunter, Comet, Starfighter, Mystere, Sea Vixen and Canberra, alongside a number of Buccaneers, Lightnings and Jet Provosts. We are also home to a Super Guppy, Nimrod MR2, Iskra and a Jaguar, while our newest aircraft include a Sea Harrier and an ex-Boscombe Down 2-Seat Jaguar, bringing our total number of jets to 23. Click on the name links if you’re interested in finding out more about our specific planes and the voluntary groups that maintain them.

Although no longer in regular use, our collection sparks a lot of nostalgia amongst enthusiasts, who can get up close to these magnificent vehicles, while our knowledgeable volunteers explain in detail the aircraft’s life prior to retirement.

The aircraft museum is open every Sunday to the public between 10 am and 4 pm. We have a small entry fee of £5.00 to help maintain the aircraft, and children can enter free of charge. We rely heavily on the support of our many volunteers and due to the continual growth of the fleet, we are always looking to expand our team.

Visitors to the museum will have access to onsite toilets, including disabled facilities, however, we do not have any eateries open at the weekend. There are many local pubs and restaurants in the nearby villages should you wish to have something to eat while visiting.

If you’re interested in visiting us or volunteering at Bruntingthorpe Aviation, please get in touch on 0116 279 9300 for more information. 

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Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire is the current home of C Walton Limited, Manheim Auctions, Big Thunder Events, Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground and the Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, featuring the iconic Cold War Jets Collection as well as a number of other automotive businesses. All situated within the 670-acre site, there is something to meet the needs of each of our customers. Our wide range of facilities allow us to cater for any type of event, from the standard to the obscure, and thanks to our 3.2km straight, Bruntingthorpe still operates as an active airfield.