Museum Events

Cockpit-Fest 2023
News Update 05 - (12.06.23)

The two-day charitable event provides a focal point for cockpit owners from across the UK and this year it is back in its normal June timeslot and takes place on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June, 2023 at our site in eastern Nottinghamshire.

As with previous Cockpit-Fest’s the museum is keen to hear from any company or organisation that might be willing to support Cockpit-Fest, which is an annual charitable event, is asked to contact Howard Heeley via Email by clicking THIS LINK!

Booking forms have been sent out to previous participants but the same email link above can be used by potential exhibitors to request participation forms for the event. Apologies if you have not received an invitation but please do make contact so that we can rectify the situation.

The following details list those participants who have confirmed their attendance at the event.

Cockpits & Cockpit Rigs

DH Dove – G-ANAP

Lightning – XS922

Westland Scout – XV130

Percival Piston Provost T.1

Buccaneer S1 –  XK533

Buccaneer S2 cockpit rig (known as XN979)

Tempest Mk.V – SN280

Cadet Glider cockpits – XN238 & XE797

Lightning F6 – XR757 (Resides at museum)

Phantom XV490 cockpit (Resides at museum)

Jaguar GR1 – XX745

Harrier GR3 – XV810

Jaguar & Valetta cockpits

Jet Provost XN811

Jet Provost T5 – XW302/G-BYED

Scout helicopter – XT640

Chipmunk – WG362

1 * These cockpits are totally new to the event.

2 ** A cockpit rig is a term used to describe a cockpit either without its shell, or fitted with an alternative shell. These are used to good effect when original materials are not available.

Aircraft Panel Displays

Jaguar Simulator cockpit*

Lightning XS420 display

Cockpit rig of crashed Battle of Britain Spitfire P9451

HS Trident G-AWZN cockpit panels

Helicopter related control grips/columns/instrument panels etc.

Swift, Sea Prince, S-300C Instrument Panels (Saturday only)

Interactive Instrument Panel display

Spitfire panel display (Saturday only)

Sea Venom/Chipmunk/Whirlwind/Shackleton Instrument panels

Indoor Displays

Mainly Military Models display

Airfield Research Group display

Keith Brenchley Remote tanks etc.

Di Ablewhite Lanc W4270 display (& sales Saturday only)

ASR & Marine Craft Club

Adrian Atkin, Monospar (Hangar 1)

Mick Coombes, Model display (Hangar 1)

Stephen Dring – 3D display/sales

RAF Balderton Memorial Group display (Sat only)

Mark Blackwell (Hangar 1)

Blackburne Aircraft – Victor Instrument panels etc.

Nigel Bean, Saab Draken (Hangar 1)

Flying Helmet display

Akari Models – diecast models & kit sales

Outdoor Displays

Bewitched Sensations / Unicorn Sparkles – Sweets & Retro Gifts

EFMEC – English Forces ME conflicts

Dave Hibbert – RAF Regiment Display

RAFA Balderton – Wings Appeal & display

Trailer-mounted Cheetah engine

RAF Waddington Amateur Radio Club

Aircraft Opening

This part of the event is now back to normal at the museum, however it still relies on the availability of our volunteers & a small additional fee is charged for museum aircraft access.

Special Notice

It should be noted by visitors that as some of these exhibits travel many miles to be here for the weekend, it must be expected that some may leave the site at different times during the weekend. We have marked the individual listings with appropriate details if they intend to leave early

The above information is correct at the time of release. Owners of the exhibits listed have recently made the commitment to attend Cockpit-Fest with these exhibits. This information should not be regarded as a guarantee that the listed item will be in attendance.

Normal admission rates will apply: Adults £10.00Over 65s £9.00,Children £5.50 and Family ticket [2 adults & 3 children] £28.00.

Finally, please don't forget the Aeroboot / Aerojumble Aviation & Avionics Sale that runs alongside Cockpit-Fest; please check out booking details that will appear elsewhere on the Events webpage by mid-May.


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