Museum Events

Cockpit-Fest 2024
News Update 07C (17.06.24)

Update 07A 10.06.24 

Notification has just been received that our BBMB Lancaster flypasts on both days have now been cancelled due to the ongoing Spitfire accident investigations.

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 22nd & Sunday 23rd June, 2024 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

Lightning – XS922 & Lightning Wind Tunnel Models

Tempest MKV SN280 

Buccaneer S2 cockpit rig (known as XN979)

Lightning F6 – XR757 (Resides at museum)

Buccaneer S2 – XX899 (Resides at museum)

P51D Mustang – Ser No’s 44-11175/44-14134

Jet Provost T5 – XW302/G-BYED

D Day 1944 items & Spitfire Mk9 table top cockpit

Phantom Cockpit XV490 (Resides at museum) & BPAG display

Hunter F1 – WT684

Buccaneer SB2 – XW541

Sea King HAS6 – ZG875 

Jaguar Simulator cockpit

Canberra B6 – WK124

Hurricane I – Z4035 cockpit section*

Harrier GR3 – XV810

Buccaneer S1 – XK533

Westland Scout – XV130

Jaguar GR1 – XX745

Westland Scout – XT640

Auster AOP9 –  XR238 & Tornado electric sim

Enstrom 280c – HB-XMO

Canberra PR.9 – XH135

Buccaneer S2B – XZ431

Lightning F6 – XS933

Westland Scout – XT640

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

Supermarine Swift instrument panel (Sat only)

Thomas Cook aircraft panel display

Seahawk cockpit rig

Spitfire instrument panel, other items, Vampire & Strikemaster panels (Sat only)

Lightning XR726 cockpit display

Vickers Viscount 806 Cockpit rig & Royal Jordanian Air Force H P Herald instrument panels

Indoor Displays

Mainly Military Models display

Stephen Dring – 3D display/sales

Airfield Research Group display

Newark Air & Space Institute – VR sim & displays

Akari models

Newark Air Museum (M Coombes) – Model display

Keith Brenchley –Tank models

Di Ablewhite/Colin Savill – Lancaster W4270 display boards

Jacob Griffiths – 1/6 Hawk model, flying suits panels & other items

Mark Blackwell – WW2 military weapons and equipment (H1)

Simbutik – Spitfire & B-17 sim instrument panels & desktop sim

Richard Hall – Display on Lightning T.5 XS420

RAF Balderton Memorial Group Display

Adrian Atkin – Computer flight sim (H1)

ASR & Marine Craft Club Display

John Carpenter – Sales

Richard Fryer – Flying helmets display

Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire display

Outdoor Displays

Museum display of recently salvaged Gyrocopters & parts

Dave Hibbert – RAF Regiment Display

Mark Worrall – Foden 6x6 heavy recovery + trailer + CVRT Spartan

Andy Ward – Large scale models & 3D printed parts

EFMEC – ME Military Equipment display

RAF Waddington Amateur Radio Club

RAFA Balderton

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 £11.00Over 65s £10.00,Children £5.50 and Family ticket [2 adults & 3 children] £30.00.

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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