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Museum of Berkshire Aviation, Reading

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The Museum of Berkshire Aviation is a small aviation museum in Woodley, a suburb of Reading in Berkshire, England. The museum is on the edge of the site of the former Woodley Aerodrome and many of its exhibits relate to the Phillips & Powis company, later renamed Miles Aircraft, which was based there from 1932 to 1947. Other aircraft exhibited were built by Handley Page (Reading) Ltd, and by Fairey Aviation at White Waltham near Maidenhead.

Despite being a small museum, several of the exhibits are unique survivors. These include a Miles Martinet (a World War II target tug), the only Miles Student two-seat side-by-side jet trainer ever built, and a Fairey Jet Gyrodyne — a composite helicopter and autogyro, or gyrodyne.

Other exhibits include:

A Fairey Gannet carrier-borne anti-submarine aircraft, formerly operated by the Royal Navy.

A Handley Page Herald turboprop airliner, designed by Miles and built at Woodley after Handley Page took over Miles' aircraft contracts.

A Miles Magister two-seat basic trainer aircraft.
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  • I personally am not in to aviation but still found it very interesting. Its in a great location for a walk  more »
  • We were recommended this as a support to our 5 year old son’s next school topic. Never visited before, it was a good price. It did feel like there was a lot cramped into the space, and it didn’t seem....  more »
  • Fun little visit...... Guys there have a lot of knowledge and good stories.
  • Excellent museum, very informative , the volunteers are absolutely fantastic, can't praise them enough.

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