Grants awarded to produce a replica cockpit section of the Horsa assault glider and for the completion of landscaping at the museum premises
Posted: 13th October 2014
Jet Age Museum, Staverton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6SR
The Jet Age Museum at Gloucestershire Airport is an all-volunteer charity dedicated to the preservation of Gloucestershire's rich aviation heritage. Work commenced on a 9000 sq ft purpose built building at Gloucestershire Airport, Staverton in April 2013. The museum boasts an impressive collection of aircraft, exhibits, memorabilia and ephemera predominantly representing the Gloster Aircraft Company, which designed, built and flew the first Allied jet aircraft in 1941. The county's other famous aviation names, such as Dowty Rotol, Messier and Smiths Industries, are also represented in the historically significant collection.
£9,000 was awarded to produce a replica cockpit section of the Horsa assault glider, produced by H H Martyn in Cheltenham, and assembled at various locations around the County. Glider pilots were trained at Stoke Orchard and launched from Aston Down, Down Ampney and Fairford for the airborne assaults on Normandy and Arnhem during the liberation of Europe in WWII. £15,400 was also awarded to complete the landscaping at the Museum premises, which will feature an original set of GAC gates from the former Brockworth factory site. The grant will cover fencing, paving, bicycle racks, planting and hedging for the new museum, which will be open to the public on an admission by donation basis.