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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  • A fantastic local museum. This place is a gem and very reasonable entrance prices. Look forward to returning again. The gem is the Herald outside! It's worth visiting just to see how well kept it is o...  more »
  • My Dad was an apprentice at Miles Aircraft until they lost the MAP contracts in 1947 so he was dead keen to visit here and walk down memory lane. There’s loads of stuff from the Miles days - documents...  more »
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  • A fantastic couple of hours! Our visit was a homework assignment. The kids are allowed to sit in various helicopters the Wasp was the highlight! The volunteers are amazing, real lived aviation and unique knowledge. This place is a gem and very reasonable entrance prices. Look forward to returning again
  • A little gem of a place. Very friendly and knowledgeable volunteer staff. The museum is packed with an incredible amount of information which is well displayed. I was pleasantly surprised to find the entrance price was a lot cheaper than I was expecting. All in all it is well worth a visit and will definitely be going back again.
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