The Museum

No single center exists where the extensive history of aviation on the Isle of Wight can be exhibited, seen and experienced by the public.

Working in partnership with our member groups and with support from the public, our aim is to convert one of the aircraft hangars at Sandown Airport to create the Wight Aviation Museum. This will allow us to display our current exhibits as well as build our collection for the future.


The Princess Flying Boat under construction at the Columbine building in East Cowes.

The museum will recognise the fusion of marine and aviation skills that led to the building of 600 aircraft on the Island during WW1 and we will illustrate the intense "War in the Air" over the Isle of Wight, during the Battle of Britain.

An early Seaplane built by J S White of West Cowes, in 1916

We plan to unite two special icons of Island engineering excellence, the Spartan 3-seater and the Britten-Norman Islander.
The Simmonds Spartan 3 seater G-ABYN built at Somerton in Cowes, it's still airworthy & currently in New Zealand. The current owner Rod Hall Jones has lovingly restored the aircraft and would like her preserved at the Wight Aviation Museum. With your help & financial support combined with grant & fundraising assistance, we can bring one of the World's rarest aircraft back home to the Isle of Wight.

Artist's Ivan Berryman’s painting of the BN2 Islander G-AVCN C/N 003 currently being restored by the volunteers of the "Britten-Norman Aircraft Preservation Society" (BNAPS) for public display.


Full Size Black Arrow Rocket Display

We also want to show the diversity of aerospace skills through showcasing a replica Black Arrow Rocket and bring people up to date with the current work of GKN Aerospace, IFPL Ltd, Airframe Assemblies, Britten-Norman and BAE Systems.

Black Arrow at Sandown

An artist's impression showing the full scale replica Black Arrow at Sandown Airport




Our Fundraising Campaign

We are raising funds to help set up the museum, if you would like to support us and donate, our bank details are below.

If you are a UK Taxpayer we can also claim Gift Aid on your donation and increase this by 25%, please see the Gift Aid section of our membership form below for details.

Become a member for £3 per month.

For £3 per month via Bank Standing Order / Direct Debit or for a single of payment of £36 per year, by Bank Transfer or Cheque ( payable to Wight Aviation Museum ) you can also support us and become a member, please download the form below to join.

Membership forms and Cheques to be sent to our Sandown address below - many thanks

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To donate and support the museum

Please click on the link below (opens our commision free Virgin Money Giving page) or use our bank details for additional methods of payment.


Donations using our Bank Details

If you would like to donate and support us you can do so through internet banking or by crediting our account with a cheque at any branch. You can do this anonymously if you prefer, our account details are below:

Bank NatWest
Amount in £
Sort Code: 54-10-34
Account No: 16231031
Reference: Your Name or Anonymous if preferred

Contact Us

If you have any enquiries our contact details are below

  Wight Aviation Museum, Sandown Airport, Scotchells Brook Lane, Isle of Wight, PO36 0JP.
To text or to leave a message please Telephone: 07949 704052
 Email:  wightaviationmuseum@gmail.com

Wight Aviation Museum is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee.
Company Reg No: 10784045   Charitable Registration No: 1175948