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Another hidden gem in Cornwall
My wife and I were caught on another rainy Cornwall summer day, and needed something to do that wouldn’t involve us getting soaked. A quick search on the internet suggested the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre.
It’s not particularly well signposted, but if you’re around the Newquay area, just follow the signs for Newquay Airport, and as you get closer, follow the signs for RAF St Mawgan.
A short drive up an old access road will find you facing an airport perimeter fence, with brightly coloured signs for the centre either side of a large gate.
Once inside, there is ample free parking, and their large grey RAF VC10 Refuelling Aircraft will indicate you’re in the right place.

The staff were very friendly, extremely helpful, and often on hand to answer any questions you may have.

If you’ve ever dreamed of sitting in the cockpit of a Harrier fighter jet, or holding the controls of a vintage Hawker Hunter, this is the place to go, as you are actually encouraged to do so.
There are several aircraft on site which you have pretty much unlimited access to, and the centre staff will accommodate small groups for tours of the aircraft, but due to restricted cabin / cockpit access, only small groups of people are permitted at any one time. Even on a wet summer afternoon during peak holiday season, we were able to access the aircraft as we approached them, but I presume this may not be the case on busy days, or as the venue becomes more popular.
I was thrilled to see that amongst their collection, they have an English Electric Lightning Fighter, which I first thought was only its fuselage, but during our exploration of the site, I found it’s wings, tail fin and various other parts, so it appears to be complete, and awaiting re-assembly (a good excuse for a future return visit??
Another iconic vintage jet is their Canberra, which is also complete, and you are invited inside to try out the pilots seat, and sit in the navigator’s chair, which is not something I’ve seen at any other aircraft museum, let alone with the whole collection on site!
The staff giving tours are all to happy to answer questions, and we found them to be very accommodating, and helpful, with funny stories, and interesting facts about the aircraft.
Children are welcome, and those we saw on the day of our visit were being allowed to sit in the aircraft, and were included in the talks by the staff.
In the main hangar, there is (in my opinion anyway) one of the biggest and most varied collections of plastic model aircraft kits, I have ever seen. If you can think of a military aircraft, there’s a fair chance you’ll find a model of it here?
There is a 50’s style American Diner on site, and while we didn’t indulge, the food and drinks seemed to be reasonably priced, and of good home made quality. We had a great afternoon, and I’d like to thank the staff at the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre for making us feel so welcome.

I am an aviation enthusiast, so may be being a little biased? But my good lady wife isn’t, and she thoroughly enjoyed our time there.
I hope you enjoy this hidden gem as much as we did.
Go and see for yourself, and I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed?

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Brook Green STEM day at CAHC – click here

STEM day visit to Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre

Tue 03, 2017
STEM day visit to Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre
Wow! What an amazing day at the Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre with Year 11 & 12 students; the fun packed, informative and ‘awesome’ activity was a special visit arranged by our wonderful Mrs Eglinton for the annual STEM day.

The students were invited to board the various types of aircraft, ranging from 1960’s passenger planes to Jet fighters. The volunteer guides (some of them retired pilots) gave very informative tours of each plane, with detailed explanations about the history and mechanics of each one.The highlight though, for many of our students, was the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of the planes and feel like a true pilot, testing out the flying equipment.

As usual, our students made a big impression, a member of staff at the centre said they were ‘exceptional, very caring to each other, polite, and it was an absolute pleasure to have us as visitors’. Comments like this always makes me feel very proud to be part of our unique school community and highlights the enriching educational experience students gain from our offsite activities.

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Event...

Need a great exciting venue for an event? why not try us? (see more)

We have a wonderful location for events. Whether it be cars, motor cycles, tractors, military vehicles …….. the list is endless. We can accommodate over 1000 visitors on site, provide safe free parking, outdoor exhibit space, cafe and shop, additional on site catering.

So if you think we could be of service please do get in touch with us. We will then go through your requirements and see how we could help.

Our facility is a fantastic base for an event, because your visitors will be able to enjoy our great aircraft and hangar – open cockpit tours plus enjoy the location right next to the runway at Newquay Airport.

We have recently hosted a very successful motor vehicle event – see the report below…

On 5th June CAHC were the chosen venue to host the Cornwall Festival of Motoring.

With glorious weather – a wonderful collection of classic cars – and a location that offered a really interesting and fun day out, all resulted in a hugely successful event.

Flight experiences were available (and popular) with Fly Nqy positioning their lovely Robin light aircraft right next to the cars. People were able to take a flight around Newquay, actually taking control of the aircraft, and seeing our amazing coastline from 1500 feet.

The former gate guard at RAF St Mawgan was available for tours – Rosalie the Shackleton. What a popular exhibit she was too, with hundred of people making the short walk to visit her – and get to speak to the guys who have been working on the project.

One of our volunteers – who are also a paramedic – brought along the SWAST response car for people to look at and ask questions about. Also a popular exhibit.

An elaborate collection of motorcycles from the Cornwall British Legion group also added to the variation of exhibits.

With Adrian Elliot running the commentary and information tent, the day had a real festival atmosphere.

Visitors were able to climb aboard many of our aircraft – including the Hunter GA11 and VC-10. Always popular and just about everyone left with a smile on their face.

But the stars of the show were the extensive collection of many different classic cars. All looking and sounding amazing. Positioned on our Easterly pan and lawns (closest to the runway) exhibitors and visitors also had a great view of aircraft coming and going to the airport.

A huge thank you to our volunteers – all 24 of them who worked so hard all day in very hot conditions. Great effort.

But thanks for those visitors who came and attended the event. Hundreds of pounds was raised for Cornwall Air Ambulance.

We would like to host more events here. If you know of any organisation that would like to use our facility please pass on our details… thanks.

Event...

Why not use our great facility to host your event. (see more)

We have a wonderful location for events. Whether it be cars, motor cycles, tractors, military vehicles …….. the list is endless. We can accommodate over 1000 visitors on site, provide safe free parking, outdoor exhibit space, cafe and shop, additional on site catering.

So if you think we could be of service please do get in touch with us. We will then go through your requirements and see how we could help.

Our facility is a fantastic base for an event, because your visitors will be able to enjoy our great aircraft and hangar – open cockpit tours plus enjoy the location right next to the runway at Newquay Airport.

We have recently hosted a very successful motor vehicle event – see the report below…

On 5th June CAHC were the chosen venue to host the Cornwall Festival of Motoring.

With glorious weather – a wonderful collection of classic cars – and a location that offered a really interesting and fun day out, all resulted in a hugely successful event.

Flight experiences were available (and popular) with Fly Nqy positioning their lovely Robin light aircraft right next to the cars. People were able to take a flight around Newquay, actually taking control of the aircraft, and seeing our amazing coastline from 1500 feet.

The former gate guard at RAF St Mawgan was available for tours – Rosalie the Shackleton. What a popular exhibit she was too, with hundred of people making the short walk to visit her – and get to speak to the guys who have been working on the project.

One of our volunteers – who are also a paramedic – brought along the SWAST response car for people to look at and ask questions about. Also a popular exhibit.

An elaborate collection of motorcycles from the Cornwall British Legion group also added to the variation of exhibits.

With Adrian Elliot running the commentary and information tent, the day had a real festival atmosphere.

Visitors were able to climb aboard many of our aircraft – including the Hunter GA11 and VC-10. Always popular and just about everyone left with a smile on their face.

But the stars of the show were the extensive collection of many different classic cars. All looking and sounding amazing. Positioned on our Easterly pan and lawns (closest to the runway) exhibitors and visitors also had a great view of aircraft coming and going to the airport.

A huge thank you to our volunteers – all 24 of them who worked so hard all day in very hot conditions. Great effort.

But thanks for those visitors who came and attended the event. Hundreds of pounds was raised for Cornwall Air Ambulance.

We would like to host more events here. If you know of any organisation that would like to use our facility please pass on our details… thanks.

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