Boscombe Down Aviation Collection


Orignally located in a Hardened Aircraft Shelter on MoD Boscombe Down Airfield, BDAC  opened by Air Commodore Colin Cruickshanks in 1999 started to put together a collection of aircraft and other artefacts to tell the story of experimental test  flying at MoD Boscombe Down.

Forced to move in 2011, BDAC relocated to a 1918 Belfast Truss hanger at Old Sarum, a former World War One Airfield near Salisbury, Wiltshire. Opening its doors to the public in 2012 BDAC’s collection of both full airframe and cockpit sections has grown, with many of the aircraft cockpit sections open for visitors to sit in.

BAe Sea Harrier FA2 XZ457


Staffed entirely by volunteers, BDAC has charitable status and relies upon entry fees, income from the well-stocked gift shop, and donations  to maintain its goals of bringing the importance of experimental test flying to future generations.

Just off the A345, two miles North of Salisbury, BDAC can be found at Hangar 1 South, Old Sarum Airfield, Old Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire. SP4 6DZ.

Note: Many of the parking areas on the airfield are pay and display. However, when parking at BDAC the parking fees are included in your entrance fee.

Entrance fees:

Adult (Under 65) £9.50 (Standard) £10.50 (Gift Aid)
Concessions (OAP, Armed Forces, Student and Disabled) £8 (Standard) £9 (Gift Aid)
Children under 16 (Under 5 free) £6.50 (Standard) £7.20 (Gift Aid)
Family of 4 (two adults and two children) £25.50 (Standard) £28.20 (Gift Aid)
Annual tickets are available (Visit as many times as you like during the year) Twice the above prices

N.B. Prices are correct at time of writing (November 2020)

For up-to-date prices and Covid restrictions please check the official BDAC web site:
BDAC Entrance Fee and COVID


Opening times:

Closed Monday
1000 – 1700 Tuesday to Sunday in Bank Holiday Mondays (Summer Feb 14th till Nov 1st)
1000 – 1600 Tuesday to Sunday (Winter Nov 2nd till Feb 12th)


BAC Jet Provost T4P/5 XS231

EE Canberra B2 (Mod) WH876


Aircraft on Display

Gloster Meteor NF11 WD686 *

Gloster Meteor NF11 (Mod) WD790 **

EE Canberra B2 (Mod) WH876 **

EE Canberra T4 WJ856 **

Gloster Meteor Mk D16/U16 WK800 *

Hawker Hunter F2 WN890 **

Hawker Hunter F1 WT648 **

Supermarine Scimitar 544 WT859 **

Hawker Sea Hawk WV910 **

Supermarine Swift F7 XF113 **

Hawker Hunter F6A XF375 *

Hawker Hunter F6 XG290 **

de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW1 XJ476 **

BAC Jet Provost T4 XR650 *

BAC Jet Provost T4P/5 XS231 **

Hawker Harrier GR3 XV784 **

SEPECAT Jaguar S06 XW560 **

BAe Hawk T1 XX154 *

BAe Hawk T1 (Mod) XX343 **

SEPECAT Jaguar GR1 XX734 *

SEPECAT Jaguar GR1A **

BAe Sea Harrier FA2 XZ457 *

Panavia Tornado F2 ZD936/AO **

Bleriot Experimental No2 (BE2b) 2783 *

de Havilland (Canada) DHC1 Chipmunk WD321 *

Bristol 171 Sycamore HR14 XJ380 *

de Havilland Comet C2 XK699 **

Westland Scout AH1 XP899 *

HS Andover XS790 **

Westland Wasp HAS1 XT437*

BAC 1-11 XX919 **

Aérospatiale Gazelle AH1 XZ335 *

* Denotes Full Airframe

** Denotes Cockpit Section


This list is subject to change and photos represent several seperate visits to BDAC. This page will be updated as more visits are made.

Hawker Sea Hawk WV910


Gloster Meteor Mk D16/U16 WK800


BAC 1-11 XX919


Westland Scout AH1 XP899


Hawker Hunter F6A XF375

Gloster Meteor NF11 WD686

Bleriot Experimental No2 (BE2b) 2783

Jindivik 103A UAV A92-466

de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW1 XJ476

Supermarine Swift F7 XF113




Cliff Ibell Images would like to thank everyone at the Boscombe Down Aviation Collection for thier hospitality. A full set of photos from BDAC can be found here: BDAC