Today is going to be my first Travel / Place review.
I’ve never done anything like this and don’t know many other bloggers that review places that aren’t restaurant related, so today I’m going to review the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum.
It’s located in Doncaster in the Lakeside area and is very well-signed so easy to find from the main roads.
Once you arrive you’re greeted by a huge helicopter!
You go through the gift shop to buy your entry tickets (they also accept donations as everyone who works there is a voulenteer!) Tickets cost £6.50 for an adult, £3 for children under 16 and £5.50 for an OAP.
Once you’re through and into the yard, you have the choice to go left into the aircraft hanger, or continue forwards to see some smaller planes.
On this occasion we went into the aircraft hanger first, which was filled from top to bottom with planes and helicopters.
Not all of the planes are full-sized or in a full piece as they wouldn’t be able to fit a huge Boeing jet into the hanger along with all of the rest of the planes. So most displays were the cockpits of the planes, which you are allowed to sit in.
Each plane had a little placard with photos and true stories about the aircraft and it’s past, which was extremely educational and interesting for someone like me who loves to research planes! (Despite being too afraid to fly on one)
A lot of the items were old war aircrafts from the RAF (Royal Air Force) that had been donated or were awaiting restoration.
All of the workers were volunteers, which meant that they took the time out of their day to freely fix up the planes. A lot of the people I spoke to had at some point been in the army and worked around the aircrafts originally.
Back outside of the hanger there were a lot of aircrafts waiting to be restored, fixed or painted. These had been bought by people who originally kept them in their farm houses just for the sake of it, who hadn’t cared for the planes which made them rust and lose their original looks. They had eventually been donated to the museum and will be made to look as good as new!
Around to the other side of the hanger was the nose and cockpit of a Vulcan RAF jet. This was the only out-door plane to be held high by a metal stand and kept under a roof surrounded by scaffolding. This could be because it is about to undergo some major fixing-up.
And finally, my favourite part of the museum was the crashed RAF Nimrod. I have always been interested in plane crashes since I was young. (Morbid, I know) and seeing crashed planes really doesn’t phase me, no matter how bad.
However I cannot see photos of sunken planes or ships as they give me major, uncontrollable panic attacks as soon as I see them. I don’t know why as I used to research into them a lot too and I’m not sure why it triggers me so much but I get scared to the point of fainting when I see anything that has sunk into the ocean. (Even typing this is difficult and the word “sunken” BLERGHHH)
So as long as a plane is crashed and on land, that’s totally fine with me! But this particular plane did crash into the sea, and was retrieved as if never sank.
Words and photos on a blog can’t really put across how incredible it is to stand in front of a huge plane and to get up close to the beasts that once flew around and carried bombs or saved people’s lives!
I’ll definitely be going back one day soon!
I hope you enjoyed this blog even though it was something a little bit different to what I usually do!
See you guys next time,
Best wishes ~ Becca x