Avro Heritage Museum
I visited the Avro Heritage Museum at Woodford, which lies southeast of Manchester Airport, for the first time in late 2022. Although fairly small, it`s well worth a look and as well as a fine collection of cockpits, there`s a Vulcan bomber on external display. Cockpit tours of the larger aircraft, including a replica Lancaster fuselage, are available for a small fee and a band of friendly volunteers are on hand to go into the history and operation of each type in detail.
Although the Lanc fuselage is only a replica, it`s very convincing with all weapons, controls and other fittings and equipment within sourced from genuine aircraft. It`s displayed as `R5868` of 467 Squadron RAF with a version of Hermann Göring`s famous quote on the port side. He boasted "No enemy bomber can reach the Ruhr. If one reaches the Ruhr, my name is not Göring. You may call me Meyer.“
A typical scene at a Lancaster assembly plant during wartime.
The front end of Vickers VC-10 C.1K XV106. It`s last flight was in December 2012.
Vulcan B.2 XM603 take pride of place outside. Ex 44 and 101 squadrons, the bomber flew in to Woodford on 12 March 1982.
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Forward fuselage of civil Avro XIX Anson Series 2 G-AGPG.
RAF Avro Anson C.19 TX235 is in storage and not available for public inspection, as is Shackleton AEW.2 WR960.
Above: The museum`s Avro Type F replica.